Underwater cameraman Josh Jensen and helpers lug heavy camera gear through Obi Obi Gorge in the quest for footage of Mary River Cod.
Underwater cameraman Josh Jensen and helpers lug heavy camera gear through Obi Obi Gorge in the quest for footage of Mary River Cod.

Mary River cod stars in new film

A NEWLY-released film on the iconic Mary River cod, Once an Endangered Species, will have its official premiere at the Majestic Theatre in Pomona as part of the launch for this year's Mary River Festival.

The premiere next Thursday will also feature Growing Change, an inspirational documentary from Venezuela, as well as the launch of this year's exciting festival project Sounds of Mary.

Produced by local film-maker Luke Barrowcliffe of Goorie Vision, Once an Endangered Species details the life cycle and breeding program of the endangered Mary River cod and features rare footage of the cod in its natural habitat.

This short film was made with the assistance of both the Sunshine Coast Council and the Mary River Catchment Co-ordinating Committee and is in the process of being distributed to schools and libraries throughout the Mary catchment, although this will be its first public screening.

The Mary River cod is one of Australia's most endangered freshwater fish and, along with fellow denizens, the lungfish, Mary River turtle and giant barred frog, is part of the reason for the Mary's high ecological significance.

Growing Change follows a filmmaker's journey to understand why current food systems leave hundreds of millions of people in hunger.

The documentary helps viewers understand how the world might feed itself in the future in the face of major environmental challenges.

It's an inspirational story full of lively characters, thought provoking insights, stunning scenery and ideas to transform the food system.

Mary River festival co-ordinator Joolie Gibbs said the Majestic film night was one of two fundraisers and a number of workshops planned to precede this year's festival.

Joolie will launch and outline the Sounds of Mary project which will culminate at the festival itself, in early November.

The project is informed by the sounds of the creatures that live along the Mary and will involve artists working with the community and large and small festival-size puppets, with movement choreographed to a musical score utilizing the sounds and then integrated into a 3-D solar-powered laser show.

The fundraiser evening, Mary, Movies and Muffins, will begin at the Majestic Theatre at 6pm, with refreshments and bar available, as well as wonderful prizes to be won.

All proceeds raised will support this year's Mary River Festival, which will be held at Kandanga on November 10. Entry is $10 for adults, $5 concession.

Inquiries Ian Mackay 5446 0124 or Jane Davissen 5485 5273.

>> Click here to see a short movie of last year's festival