SCINEMA Films Alphabetically
All Systems Go, Neil Armstrong
Animal diversity in Bondi
an eyeful of sound
Bringing Life to Space
Catalyst: in the Line of Fire
Dark to Light: Saving Burma’s Eyes
Do You Know What Time it
Driven to Diffraction
Elemental - Sodium
End of the Rainbow
on the Skies
Finding the Forest
for the Trees
How Kevin Bacon Cured Cancer
Journey through time
Last Waltz of the Honeybee
Making the right moves
More Than Horseplay
The Hobbit Enigma
The Land of Time and Space
The Mars Bar Challenge
To Bee or Not to Bee
Whatever! The Science of
Congratulations to our
winners and to all filmmakers who entered SCINEMA 2010.
Many thanks to our judges
- Amanda Tyndal, Adam Strang, Cris Kennedy, Damian Harris, Brooke Reeves
And many thanks to our
partners - Wilson da Silva and Kylie Ahern of Cosmos Magazine, and
the team at RiAus in Adelaide.
Our 2010 films
SCINEMA Travelling Film Festival 2010
SCINEMA has eight programs of films travelling to our many venues in
2010, grouped thematically: Space SCINEMA |
More Space SCINEMA |
Healthy SCINEMA |
Civilised SCINEMA |
Environmental Warriors |
Environmental Challenges |
| Young SCINEMA
SCINEMA: Eyes on the
Sky + Naming Pluto + Do You Know What Time It Is?
Eyes on the Sky
Germany. D. Lars
Lindberg Christensen. 60mins. Celebrating the 400th anniversary of the
telescope, the most revolutionary development in the history of
astronomy. Explores the history, scientific importance,
technological breakthroughs and people behind the creation of the
UK. D. Ginita Jimenez. 13mins.
In 1930, 11 year old Venetia Burney Phair, had the honour of naming the
Do You Know
What Time it is?
UK D. Paul Olding. 55mins.
Professor Brian Cox asks the simplest of questions “What time is
it?” but the answer takes him on an unexpected journey.
Winner - 2010 Award for Scientific Merit.
Space SCINEMA: All Systems Go Neil
Armstrong + Bringing Life to Space + The Land of Time and Space
All Systems Go,
Neil Armstrong USA. D. Robert Dhormann. 4mins
A series of animated scenes all connected to outer space.
Bringing Life to
Space Denmark. D. Jakob Gottschau. 28mins.
For several decades man have prepared for long voyages into space and to
settle other planets. To secure survival on a long journey we need to
“Bring Life to Space”, and scientists have been trying to copy Earth’s
delicate ecological balances in small, sealed cycles, to prepare the
production of sufficient and vital supplies of water, oxygen and food on
a journey into space. This historical documentary takes us back to the
1960s and reveals unique footage from Russian experiments, where people
were confined for one year in a sealed spaceship mock up. Visit the
The Land of
Time and Space USA. D.Michael Lennick. 72mins.
The skies of New Mexico have enticed stargazers for millennia, and space
explorers for nearly a century. From ancient astronomers to the birth of
rocketry, from the first humans in space (long before NASA even existed)
to the Roswell mystery, the breathtaking sights and remarkable stories
that abound in our first high-definition feature documentary will take
you on your own personal exploration of the cosmos - launching from some
of the most dramatically beautiful places on the planet.
Planet You + The Hobbit Enigma + Lost Village
USA. D. Phil Lindsey. 19 mins. Investigating the vast ecosystem that is the surface of
the human body. Arthropods and bacteria make up some of the creatures
that call us home.
The Hobbit Enigma Australia. D. Simon Nasht, Annamaria Talas. 52mins. Examining one of the greatest controversies in science
today; just what did scientists really find when they uncovered the
tiny, human like skeleton on the Indonesian Island of Flores?
Lost Village Czech Republic. D. Gunnar Raimann. 51mins. For the first time in human history, a smaller portion
of the population live sin rural areas. The 20th Century has witnessed
rapid urbanisation , villages have been eclipsed in importance.
The Mars Bar Challenge + End of the Rainbow + To Bee or Not To Bee +
The Mars Bar
Challenge Australia. D. Claire Faruggia. 4mins.
Asks us to consider how much energy is consumed in moving us around the
planet. 2010 Winner - Best Student Film - Tertiary.
End of the Rainbow
Australia. D. Robert Nugent. 55mins. A look at the changes brought to remote West Africa by
the gold mine industry
To Bee or Not to
Bee Australia. D. Kristian Lang. 5mins. Australia is the only country without the Veuroa
Destructor Mite which is destroying bee populations throughout the
world. 2010 Winner - Highly Commended Student Film - Secondary.
Switzerland. D. Mirjam von Arx & Katharina von Flotow.
55mins. Is the “Doomsday Vault”, built in the Norwegian
permafrost and containing seeds from around the world a practical way of
safeguarding the world’s biodiversity or a utopian ideal?
Honeybee Blues + Catalyst In The Line of Fire + High
Stakes + Finding the Forests for the Trees + Climate Puzzle
Australia. D. Stefan Moore. 52mins. From the native bush and orchards of Australia to the
industrial farmlands of the United States and the highlands of Papua New
Guinea, Honeybee Blues is a scientific detective story that tells a 21
first century cautionary tale.
2010 Winner - Festival
Catalyst: in the Line of Fire
Australia. 28mins Australian bushfires - the history of fire in Australia,
managing prevention, engineering for survival, and the psychology of
making decisions when the heat is on.
Australia. D. Matthew Higgins. 10mins The ecosystems of the Snowy Mountains of eastern
Australia are fragile, and with climate change in danger of changing
Finding the Forest for the Trees
USA. D. Claire Soares. 5mins Rain forest animals in their natural setting speak
through this filmmaker in urgent but unsentimental voice, laying bare
Germany. D. Wolfgang Karg. 25mins. The story of scientists in Antarctica and their
challenges to collect data for their research on climate change.
Whatever! The Science of Teens + Breu +
An Eyeful of Sound + Dark to Light Saving Burma's Eyes + More than
The Science of
Teens Australia. D. L. Faber, D. Ortega, A Delaney. 5mins.
A combined observational documentary of family life and
teens behaving badly, with carefully designed scientific challenges that
put our teens to the test. 2010 Winner - Best Television Series.
Breu Portugal. D. Jeronimo Rocha. 14mins Fear and how a young boy deals with it.
2010 Winner - Award for Technical Merit.
An Eyeful of Sound
Canada, Netherlands, UK. D. Samantha Moore. 10mins.
I saw this most beautiful sound, it was just gorgeous
... beautiful reds, yellows and purples... My mum said it was the cock
crowing ... my first real memory of the wonderful visual sounds that I
experience’ Julie, describing her earliest synaesthetic memory.
2010 Winner - Best Animation Film.
Dark to Light: Saving
Burma’s Eyes Australia. D. Rachael Thompson. 25mins. The quest of Dr Henry Newland and team to fix the
blindness epidemic in Burma.
More Than Horseplay Australia. D. Sarah Barton. 27mins. World first study into riding and
cerebral palsy - can it
change a child’s quality of life?
Elemental Sodium + Nano You + Driven to Diffraction + How Kevin Bacon
Elemental - Sodium UK. D. Dominic Rees-Roberts.19mins. Ed is a young science enthusiast who devises crazy
chemistry experiments at home. Ed’s curiosity is sparked when he watches
a video where 200 pounds of pure sodium is dumped into a lake with
Nano You Spain, UK. D. Tom Mustill. 17mins An introduction to the strange new world of Nanoscience,
narrated by Stephen Fry. Where and what is nano? How will it shape our
future? 2010 Winner - Best Short Film.
Diffraction Australia. D. Richard Jasek. 55mins. The remarkable story of William Henry Bragg and his son
William Lawrence Bragg. Part human interest story, part science lesson,
part historical journey of discovery, this doc weaves a spell of
enchantment around the tale of two shy men who join the ranks
Bacon Cured Cancer Australia. D. Annamaria Talas. 54mins. Three mathematicians reveal a new view of the world as
they unfold the science behind the popular trivia game “six degrees of
kevin bacon”. 2010 Winner - Best Film.
8 Year 3 Boys, 2 Local Waterways + Journey Through Time + Animal
Biodiversity in Bondi + Biodiversity + To Bee or Not to Bee +
Fundamental Shift + Weatherwatch + Mars Bar Challenge + Last Waltz of
the Honeybee + Zoonotica
Biodiversity in Bondi (Primary Schools) NSW. Kayna Fichadia. Kayna is exploring the biodiversity of Bondi
Beach, Sydney. 2010 Winner - Best Student Film - Primary.
Australia (Primary Schools) WA. Michael Thomas/Ziwei
Mao. The biodiversity of the great western woodlands.
8 Year 3 Boys,
2 Local Waterways (Primary Schools) VIC. Year 3 Patterson Lakes
Primary School. 3mins. 8 boys from year 3 document and collect samples
from 2 local waterways.
Time (Primary Schools) WA. Michael Weightman. 2mins. Two young
children take a journey through time and find out that the Great Western
Woodlands have been destroyed. 2010 Winner - Highly Commended Student
Film - Primary.
Biodiversity (Secondary Schools)
Australia. Rory Young. 1min. Rory explores the phrase ‘how much is
To Bee or Not To Bee (Secondary
Schools) VIC. Kristian Lang. 5mins. Australia is the only country
without the Veuroa Destructor Mite which is destroying bee populations
throughout the world.
Fundamental Shift (Secondary
Schools) VIC. Blake Borchich. 3mins. With a massive escalation in
numbers, the Earth is straining to accommodate the human race.
Making the Right Moves (Secondary
Schools) NSW. Yuxi Ruan. 5mins. Warrawong High is a ‘permaculture
Woodleigh Wildlife Reserve
(Secondary Schools) VIC. Callum Simpson. 3mins. This film covers the
work of Woodleigh school staff and the student environment committee to
establish a wildlife reserve.
ACT. D. Pretty & D. Medek. 3 mins. What will our weather forecasts look
like in the future?
Mars Bar Challenge (Tertiary) ACT.
Claire Farrugia, ACT How much energy do we consume and who consumes it
Last Waltz of the Honeybee
(Tertiary) ACT. D. Burchell & C. Faruggia
Zoonotica (Tertiary) ACT. Sally
Lowenstein. All singing al dancing infotainment about animal diseases.
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Peter McLeish - Science Art
Touring Australia August 2010
Peter McLeish will show his films about
mysterious newly discovered luminous emissions, high in the earth’s
atmosphere and his film on the Polar regions.
Peter McLeish is a Canadian born international painter/multi-media
artist/filmmaker. Since the late 1990's, Peter has been developing
artworks, films and research on science based themes which have been
exhibited and screened in many counties including Australia, Hungary,
Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada,
Argentina, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and Italy.
During the past two years, his recent work & films had been presented in
major screenings and/or exhibits in many museums/centres such as the the
Australian Museum in Sydney- Australia, Queensland Museum South
Bank-Brisbane-Australia, the South Australian Museum in
Adelaide-Australia, the Otago Museum in Dunedin-New Zealand, the
Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh-United States, the TELUS World of
Science-Calgary in Calgary-Canada, Canada South Science City in
Windsor-Canada, Geological Museum-Natural History Museum of Denmark in
Copenhagen-Denmark, Planetarium Hamburg in Hamburg-Germany, Nikolaj
Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center in Copenhagen-Denmark, Art Centre
Silkeborg Bad in Silkeborg-Denmark. Peter had received over twenty
various types of grants, awards and/or support from different branches
of the Canadian and Quebec Governments between-1991 to 2010.
Since 2001, Peter has been involved in a collaboration based on Red
Sprites with American scientist Walter A. Lyons (2005 President of the
American Meteorological Society, President 2007-08 United States
National Council of Industrial Meteorologists and current President of
FMA Research Inc.). Red sprites are upper atmospheric optical phenomenon
(Transient Luminous Events) associated with thunderstorms that have
recently been only documented using low level television. This
collaboration eventually led to Walter A. Lyons receiving a Unites
States National Science Foundation grant regarding the collaboration and
subsequent creation of Lyons’s DVD titled The Hundred Year Hunt for the
Red Sprite and interactive website. Peter created the artwork in the The
Hundred Year Hunt for the Red Sprite as well as his companion-six minute
film titled Lightning’s Angels. Since 2002, both films have been
presented at many major International science symposiums, conferences,
media festivals, science film festivals, science & art museums/centres
and planetariums all over the world.
Peter’s continued research subsequently led him to an additional
collaboration with Dr. Colin Price from the Department of Geophysics and
Planetary Science, Tel Aviv University who was working on sprite
research within the MEIDEX -Mediterranean Israeli Dust Experiment
mission from a ground station with the ill-fated crew of the NASA Space
Shuttle Columbia in 2003. During the course of the MEIDEX mission, was
the first discovery of TIGER (Transient Ionospheric Glow Emission in
Red) taken by the Columbia space shuttle crew in 2003. The camera on
Columbia was operated by Ilan Ramon, Israel's first astronaut. The main
goal of the experiment was to study dust storms and how they affect the
radiative properties of the atmosphere. Ilan Ramon, observed strange
lightning like flashes over the ocean near Madagascar and he
photographed these lights. These images were transmitted to the ground
and later analyzed. When the MEIDEX scientific team analyzed the data,
they realized one very strange point right at the beginning.... there
was no thunderstorm activity anywhere nearby! Lightning without a storm!
No one knows what caused TIGER. Was TIGER a new type of phenomenon? It
does not appear to be related to Red Sprites.
Transient Luminous Events-TLE is a short-lived electrical phenomenon
that occurs above storm clouds. In addition to Red Sprites there are
three recent types of TLE's which are Trolls, Gnomes and Pixies.
Trolls (for Transient Red Optical Luminous Lineament) occur after an
especially strong sprite, down in the lowest tendrils near the cloud
tops. Early recordings showed them as red spots with faint red tails,
rising much like blue jets. Faster cameras show trolls to be a rapid
series of events. Each event starts with a red glow that forms in a
sprite tendril, then "drains" downward. Each following event starts
higher, so that the series looks like an upward blur in slower videos.
This is a typical pattern in science: looking at the same old thing with
better instruments always reveals something new and unexpected.
Gnomes are small, very brief white spikes of light that point upward
from the top of a large thundercloud's anvil top, specifically the
"overshoot dome" caused as strong updrafts push rising moist air
slightly above the anvil. They appear about 150 meters wide and about a
kilometre high, and they last a few microseconds.
Pixies are so small that they appear as points, making them less than
100 m across. In the video that first documented them they appear
scattered across the overshoot dome, flashing seemingly at random.
Pixies and gnomes appear to be a pure white colour, like ordinary
lightning, and they do not accompany lightning strokes.
Peter is currently at the start of a collaboration and cooperation with
Dr.Takahashi from the Department of Geophysics at Tohoku University-who
has been observing TLEs from space with ISUAL (Imager of Sprites and
Upper Atmospheric Lightnings) on board FORMOSAT-2 satellite since
2004.Peter also intends to begin collaboration and cooperation with the
National Space Institute in Denmark.
During Peter's current visit he will exchange information about TLE's
with the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing-Swinburne University
of Technology in Hawthorn, Victoria.
Peter believes it is important to promote unity, between art and science
in order to create a better understanding of the natural world and the
Peter will have film presentations at the the following venues in
- August 26th-School of
Physics-University of Western Australia, Perth
- August 26th-Scitech, Perth
- August 24th-Creative Industries
Faculty-Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
- August 23rd-School of English,
Media Studies & Art History-University of Queensland, Brisbane
- August 22nd-Sir Thomas Brisbane
- August 20th-Centre for
Astrophysics and Supercomputing-Swinburne University of Technology,
- August 17th-RiAus/The Royal
Institution of Australia, Adelaide
- August 13th-School of Mathematical
& Physical Sciences-University of Newcastle, Newcastle
- August 12th-School of
Physics-University of Sydney, Sydney
- August 11th-Sydney College of
Arts-University of Sydney, Sydney
- August 5th-16th-a residency by the
Sydney College of Arts-University of Sydney, Sydney
- August 12th-Radio interview with
Carol Duncan of ABC Radio Newcastle
- August 17th-Radio interview with
Carole Whitelock on ABC 891 afternoon show. Adelaide
- August 17th- Newspaper article
–The Advertiser: Sprites, trolls, gnomes and pixies - fairytale
figures of the night sky intrigue science written by Clare Peddie.
- Peter's tour of Australia was
partially sponsored by SCINEMA'10.
Peter will also have a film presentation/lecture tour of New
- September 10th-Department of
Physics and Astronomy-University of Canterbury, Christchurch -
cancelled due to earthquake
- September 8th-Carter Observatory,
- September 7th-School of Chemical
and Physical Sciences- Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington
- September 6th-Institute of
Fundamental Sciences-Massey University in Palmerston North
- September 4th-Hawke's Bay Holt
Planetarium, Hawke’s Bay
- September 1st -Faculty of Science
University of Auckland, Auckland
- August 30th-Stardome hosted by the
Auckland Astronomical Society, Inc., Auckland
- August 29th-Radio Interview with
Graeme Hill on RadioLIVE, Auckland
Peter McLeish's tour of New Zealand is undertaken with the support
of the Canadian High Commission in Wellington.
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National Student Short Film Competition finalists
A short film (under 10 mins) celebrating the
International Year of Biodiversity
Documentaries Australia (Michael Thomas, WA);
8 Year 3 Boys, 2 Local Waterways (Year 3
Patterson Lakes Primary School, Vic); Journey
Through Time (Michael Weightman, WA);
Animal Diversity in Bondi (Kayna
Fichadia, NSW) Secondary Schools Biodiversity
(Rory Young, Vic); To Bee or Not To Bee
(Kristian Lang, Vic); Fundamental
Shift (Blake Borcich, Vic); Making
the Right Moves (Yuxi Ruan, NSW);
Woodleigh Wildlife Reserve (Callum Simpson, Vic);
Somers Marine Life (Sam Borley, Vic)
Tertiary Institutions Weatherwatch (D.
Pretty & D. Medek, ACT); Mars Bar Challenge
(Claire Farrugia, ACT); Last Waltz of the
Honeybee (D. Burchell & C. Faruggia, ACT);
Zoonotica (Sally Lowenstein, ACT)
International Open Film Festival finalistsDocumentary
(Australia); Dark to Light: saving Burma’s
eyes (Australia); More Than
Horseplay (Australia); Lost Village
(Czech Republic); The Hobbit Enigma
(Australia); Feral Peril
(Australia); End of the Rainbow
(Australia); Seed Warriors
(Switzerland); Climate Puzzle
(Germany); Honeybee Blues
(Australia); Driven to Diffraction
(Australia); How Kevin Bacon Cured Cancer
(Australia); Do You Know What Time
It Is? (UK); Eyes on the Skies
(Netherlands); Land of Space and Time
(USA); Bachelard Residence,
Darwinian Reverie (France); Catching
Cancer (Australia); Feeding our
Future (Netherlands); Following
Darwin’s Steps (Spain); Professor
Oehmichen’s Magnificent Flying Machine (France);
The Future at What Price (France);
When Egyptians Sailed On The Red Sea
(France); The Long Goodbye
(Australia); The Outer Adventure
(France); The Private Life of Leonardo Da
Vinci (Italy); The State of the
Planet’s Oceans (USA); There’s
Something About Species (France);
Tracking their Silent Voices (Germany);
The Story of Cesar Milstein (Argentina)
Short Film finalists
Planet You (USA);
Finding the Forest for the Trees (USA);
High Stakes (Australia);
Elemental - Sodium (UK);
Nano You (UK);
Naming Pluto (UK); Breaking the
Television Series finalists
Whatever! The Science of Teens
(Australia); One Minute Astronomy
(Italy); Bringing Life to Space
(Denmark); Voyage to the Planets
An Eyeful of Sound (UK);
All Systems Go Neil Armstrong (USA);
Mutation - Selection: the bacteria resist
(France); Breu (Portugal)