SCINEMA Festival of Science Film
2006 screened in Sydney
at the Powerhouse Museum and the UTS on August 12 - 20, while our
Travelling Film Festival screened 12 - 20 August at 80 venues across
Films | 2006 Multimedia Films |
Special guest tour
Program One: Maths, Physics and Astronomy
Meta4 1 ˝ m D. Katrina Mathers *
A metaphorical, conceptual & experimental exploration of
the meaning, the sound, the word, the number and the use of
‘four/fore/for/4’ in our language and every day life, shot mostly using
mobile phone technology.
D. Chrissie McIntyre *
The ExperiMentals, Bernie and Rueben, go to no expense
to get you hooked on science.
39m D. Beau Janzen *
Mesh explores the advancement of discrete geometry from
the ancient Greeks to the contemporary research topics. With a
compelling story, artistry, and humour, Mesh takes advanced concepts
that have never previously been visualised and conveys then in a way
that is palpable and relevant to even a novice audience.
When Things Get Small 28m D. Rich
Exploring nanoscience on an irreverent, madcap,
comically corny romp into the real-life quest to create the smallest
magnet ever known. More information.
Transit of Venus 25m D. Rakesh
Andiana/Dimple Kharbanda *
The transit of Venus is a rare and spectacular event. While Venus is
steeped in many legends, the transit of Venus has an important place in
the history of modern science - that of determining the absolute value
of astronomical unit.
Program Two: Wildlife at Risk
Suzy, Gracie and BB 10m D.
Matthew Higgins *
You’ve seen the injured wildlife signs by the roadside,
but who are the wildlife carers? Join Suzy as she works to rehabilitate
two sugar gliders.
Diary 53m D. Paul Scott *
Behind the scenes of the World’s largest Tasmanian Devil
sanctuary we observe the everyday dramas experienced by park staff as
they care for and raise Tasmanian Devils.
State of the Planet’s Wildlife
55m D. Hal Weiner *
Narrated by Matt Damon. Wildlife extinctions are not a new phenomena.
On at least five occasions during our planet’s long geological history,
catastrophic events wiped out vast numbers of species. But today, the
threat of what scientists call "the sixth extinction" won’t come from
outer space or a volcanic eruption. The next extinction will be the
result of human activities.
Program Three: State of the Planet
Five Seasons 52m D. Steven
The Numurindi people of the Northern Territory’s Gulf of
Carpenteria have developed a culture where all things past and present,
including the weather, are interrelated. This relationship extends to
previous generations, together with the animal and plant kingdom.
55m D. Hal
Narrator Matt Damon investigates the global link between
the release of toxic pollutants and the health of our planet. From a
toxic dust storm in Palm Springs to the desertification of the Aral Sea,
from contaminated water in Mexico to rising DDT and mercury levels in
the Arctic, meet the communities at risk.
Program Four: Sustainable Health
Our Hearing System: From Sound to
Cilla 27m D. Robert Caldwell *
Explores the inner workings of our hearing in 3-D.
Viewers are taken from the world of sound into the ear canal following
the transformation of the signal up into the brain and back.
27m D. Deborah Fryer *
A young man suffering from Parkinson’s Disease decides
that 14 hours of brain surgery that is a cross between the Bionic Man
and The Far Side is preferable to lying on the couch like a vegetable
for the rest of his life. The results are incredible, riveting,
Crossing the Line
56m D. Kaye
Follows the journeys of two young medical students, Amy
and Paul, who leave their safe middle class homes and University behind
to be thrust into the harsh reality of every day life on Mornington
Island. Like most Australians, they have never been exposed to life in a
remote indigenous community. WINNER! BEST DOCUMENTARY - Social and
Political Issue - 2005 ATOM Awards
Program Five: Inventions and Discoveries
Word (Slovo) 29m D. Vyacheslav
When and how did mankind begin writing? In which
language? Search for answers to these and many other questions leads the
filmmakers from the beginnings of civilization in Mesopotamia, Egypt,
and China to the present. In multiple languages with English
Discovery of Radioactivity
22m D. Rakesh Andiana/Dimple Kharbanda *
The story of the discovery of radioactivity by figures
such as Henry Becquerel, Marie and Pierre Curie and Frederic Joliot.
Nerves of Steel
56m D. Andrea Ulbrick
Four fearless young women hurtle towards the 2006 winter
Olympics in a bold Australian scientific experiment to create a
Program Six: Adaptation
Surviving Extremes - 52m D. Daniel Parer P. Elizabeth Parer-Cook
Survival in the lethal environments
of the Antarctic and space give rare insights into what personalities
will cope best with future trips to Mars.
Triumph of Life: the survivors
60m D. Nick Upton *
Climate changes, the birth of more highly evolved life
forms, and changes in ocean currents are just a few of the factors that
can play a major role in determining which species will remain
triumphant over the coming millennia.
Tree of Kings Q&A
with filmmaker Joachim Putz
of Kings 30mins D. Joachim Putz *
In Ugandan legend, the first hunter was born out of the Mutuba tree,
then clothed himself in its bark. For millenia, the Ugandan people have
pain-stakingly processed the Mutuba bark into a fabric akin to a rough
cotton or suede. The tradition was in danger of dying out until a German
man and his Ugandan wife began investing in technology to take the cloth
to the European fashion markets and provide a sustainable future for
many in Africa.
MultiMedia, from the internet to CD-ROMs, installations and science art,
are the perfect tool to educate and illuminate, to get people thinking
about issues, and this year SCINEMA celebrates science MultiMedia from
around the world. Check out the following sites, CD and Media -
these are the finalists in our 06 festival.
Wildfiles TV InterActive
Enter the virtual clubhouse and explore weird, gross and cool
facts about animals. Play games, watch video clips, challenge
your wild-smarts and discover the secrets that make animals so
Producer: Ava Karvonen for Reel Girls Media
Albert Einstein comes back to earth to explain in an easy and
humourous manner his theory of special relativity. Interactive
screens allow the user to assimilate the concepts of time
dialation, length contraction, speed of light and simultaneity
Producer: Yannick Mahe
Sky Survey: Mapping the universe
Taking a census of all the luminous objects in one-quarter of
the visible cosmos is a hefty accounting job: it takes a
specially-built telescope on task every clear night for eight
years, wielding one of the biggest digital cameras on the
planet. Over a hundred million stars, galaxies, and quasars have
been tallied so far.
Producer: Michael Hoffman for the AMNH
Lemurs in Madagascar:
surviving on an island of change
On the world's fourth largest island, and virtually nowhere else,
lives an entire 'infraorder' of primates: the three dozen or so
lemur species. But Madagascar has radically transformed since
other primates - humans - arrived two thousand years ago.
The word 'Karakuri' means a
mechanical device to tease, trick, or take a person by surprise.
It implies hidden magic, or an element of mystery. The Japanese
Karakuri puppets utilise subtle, abstract movements to invoke
feeing and emotion.
Producer: Kirsty Boyle
Australia's Desert Wildlife
[Flash File, 125kb]
A school project presented as a series of multimedia animations
featuring interesting facts about Australia's desert wildlife
Producer: Luke Young
The SCOPE website is a fantastic educational tool for
classrooms. Our site includes downloadable study guides, bios on
all guest scientists, weblinks to related content and video
streaming of past stories.
Producer: Kim Woodley
WINNING ENTRY! Congratulations to the team from SCOPE.
From Wireless to
Web [external link]
A selective history of broadcast media in Australia. Decade by
decade, from radio and newsreels to TV and the internet,
discover how the Australian broadcast media developed and shaped
the way Australians see themselves.
Producers: Kath Symmons, Steve Thomas, Craig Dow Sainter
An exploration of biotechnologies in the domestic environment.
The Biohome installation
launches Wed 16th August 5.00 pm. Additional performance
Thursday 17th August at 5.30pm. Installation opening hrs
Wed 16th August - Friday 25th August 9-5pm.
FCA Gallery, Room 112, Building 25, Faculty of Creative
Arts, University of Wollongong, Northfields Avenue, North
Residua Fish Dreams
[WMV Media Streaming]
This movie functions as mindscape and social comment. "Residua"
has been stretched to illustrate the denuding of coral reefs by
contrasting a living reef with a reef populated with transparent
fish symbolising memories. Fish and coral were drawn with a
mouse in adobe Photoshop. "Sea rooms" were also built in
Photoshop from scanned glass slides of seaweed, fish scales and
cellophane fish. In Macromedia Director, the fish were animated
to glide through the coral and sea rooms evoking a dream like
effect referencing memory. In the first part of the movie the
viewer is inside a cave looking out at the living reef. the
scene changes to the viewer looking in on the cave and watching
the translucent shadow memories of fish that eventually
disappear along with the corals and sound. Dr. S. Simpson, a
Scottish Reef fish ecologist, supplied reef sounds, which were
collaged into a soundscape with whale singing and water sounds
that were downloaded from "Shareware" on the web.
Producer: Anthea O'Brien
Special guest tour - German filmmaker
A freelance journalist for non-commercial German
public radio and television, Joachim Pütz is interested in
communicating about the environment, development
cooperation, politics and society.His latest productions are: “The tree
of the kings” (30 min TV feature: Germany / Uganda 2004) and “Worlds
largest carnival” (60 min documentary: Montevideo, Uruguay 2005).
THE TREE OF KINGS (30mins)
renewable resources of the black continent always have aroused the
interest of Europeans. However the film does not deal about gold, silver
or diamonds, but a tree - a very special tree growing in the heart of
It all began in a quiet night in the
highlands of Uganda, when the first hunter of man-kind was born out of
the “mutuba tree”. He was naked and it was cold, so he pealed the bark
of the tree he just came out of, to cover himself and the bark gave him
warmth and shelter. At least, this is what the Ugandan mythology tells.
Since that time it was only permitted to the kings to wear bark
clothing. In modern times the processing of that archaic textile was in
danger of dying out, but a love story saved it.
Oliver Heintz from Freiburg in the
south of Germany and Mary Barongo from the capital of Uganda, Kampala
met each other and live in Germany now. But on Oliver's first trip to
Uganda, he discovered the exotic fabric and began to reactivate the
ancient tradition. Until today more than 700 farmers started to
cultivate and harvest the “mutuba tree” again, which regenerates its
bark in a few month like skin. After an extremely labour intensive hand
processing the bark is fashioned into a material that seems like suede
or rough cotton. With modern methods such as nano technology, Oliver is
developing the fabric for European standards in order to conquer the
textile markets. Not an easy undertaking, even when fancy fashion
designers and established cabinet makers are absolutely open minded for
the new product. The necessary backup to arrange this project, Oliver
receives from the GTZ, a German NGO, that is supporting private
commercial activities which are fulfilling demands of sustainable
development in the so called "Third World”. The concept is called a
public private partnership, which is financed by taxes as well as by
filmmakers, Joachim Pütz and Siegmund Thies, accompanied this
German-Ugandan adventure for one year an example that shows how
successful and sustainable teamwork between black and white can be.
Also appearing at
Paul Scott (Director - Devil Diary) Paul Scott is one of
Australia’s most established wildlife and science film-makers - having
worked as either executive producer, producer, director or writer on 33
hours of television. Paul’s films have won several awards, including
Wildscreen Pandas and a U.S. Emmy.
Paul appears 12.30pm Sat 12th August at Powerhouse Museum
Ben Ulm (Producer - When Anaesthesia Fails)
Ben Ulm has been
making factual TV for 22 years for a range of broadcasters including
Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Channel 4 (UK) and for
Australia’s commercial networks and the ABC. He studied broadcast
journalism and documentary at Mitchell College AE, Bathurst. He was the
co-executive producer of When Anaesthesia Fails which was produced with
10 other medical documentaries for American and British television.
Ben appears 7.30pm Friday 18th August at UTS Broadway
Dick Collingridge (‘Steam Motion’) Film is in Dick Collingridge’s blood. Son of Australia’s
pioneer silent film actor Gordon Collingridge, Dick studied at North
Sydney Technical College before heading overseas to jobs at London’s ITV
and Lebanon’s Beirut TV in the 1960s. Returning to Australia, he worked
as a producer for Film Australia for 14 years. ‘Steam Motion’ is a
labour of love on the history of steam power in Australia, produced by
his new company Dick Collingridge Productions’.
Dick appears 10am Sun 20th August at UTS Broadway
Dr Ian Russell
Russell is a member of the Divisional Management Team at CSIRO Textile
and Fibre Technology. He is also Manager of the Environmental Analysis
Group, a business unit at the Division. The Environmental Analysis Group
monitors environmental impacts of wool processing, providing a range of
analytical and environmental, consultancy services. The Group provides
analysis directly to the wool industry, and also provides indirect
support by assisting the major veterinary chemical companies to develop
new and more environmentally acceptable treatments for external
parasites on sheep. CSIRO Textile and Fibre Technology has unique
expertise in the measurement of pesticides on wool, in wool processing
effluents, and in the environment. Under Dr Russell’s guidance, CSIRO
has developed streamlined and low cost tests for all current lice and
fly treatments on greasy wool (including the insect growth regulators),
as well as chemicals not used in Australia, such as the organochlorines.
Dr Russell appears in Geelong at the Council Conference & Reception
Centre on Wed 16 Aug at 7pm to discuss the film Tree of Kings
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