The first Australian-produced giant screen and planetarium film to be shot entirely from the air, THE EARTH WINS, will be screening simultaneously at Vmax cinemas across Australia at 6:30pm on Wednesday 23 October.
This ‘Simulcast’ screening event will be held in Event Cinemas Vmax theatres in Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney; along with Village Vmax cinemas in Hobart and Melbourne’s Fountain Gate and Southland theatres on 23 October. The screening in Southland will be followed by a Q&A discussion, featuring the film-makers Director/Writer Jerry Grayson and Producer Sara Hine.
Filmed across four continents over seven years, THE EARTH WINS blurs the line between environmental and symphonic documentary, offering viewers a rare perspective on man’s relationship with the planet, nature’s gifts which we all enjoy, and the planet’s ability to devastate entire communities.
Featuring rare footage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Black Saturday, its Victorian-based filmmakers were personally affected, seeing how easily entire communities can be overwhelmed or devastated by natural disasters.
“At one point or another, almost every community in Australia has been impacted by fires or flood, so the devastation of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires resounds with everyone” said Writer/Director Jerry Grayson.
The husband and wife film-maker pair, Grayson and Producer Sara Hine, spent three days defending their property in Mia Mia, outside of Heathcote in regional Victoria, before capturing aerial footage by helicopter of fire afflicted areas in Marysville and Kinglake.
“What really struck us was the enormity of the fires: I couldn’t get up high enough in the chopper to see the outer limits of the area affected,” said Mr Grayson.
It was a sentiment that they also felt during the filming of footage in New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.
“The sheer scale of the disaster was almost impossible to comprehend. Imagine an area similar to Greater Sydney being completely inundated. This was the first time I have actually been able to smell what I was filming from up in the chopper,” said Director/Writer Jerry Grayson.
THE EARTH WINS challenges our expectations about how films are made , integrating the devastating with the stunning, and the normal; all to an amazing soundtrack that includes The Who, Coldplay, New Order, The Temper Trap, The Art of Fusion, Yothu Yindi, and composer Sean Van Doornum.
Featuring footage of communities at play, industry, mining and some of nature’s most miraculous encounters, such as whales and dolphins swimming together, which marine experts say may never have been captured on film before.
Shot on state-of-the-art Cineflex cameras, THE EARTH WINS, is a must watch on the giant screen.
See THE EARTH WINS ‘Simulcasted’ at 6:30pm on October 23 at Vmax Village and Event Cinemas across Australia, details as follows:
Adelaide Event Cinemas, Marion – Level 3, Westfield Marion/297 Diagonal Rd, Oaklands Park SA
Brisbane Event Cinemas, Brisbane City Myer Centre – Level 3, Myer Centre, Elizabeth Street, Brisbane QLD
Hobart Village Cinemas, Hobart – 181 Collins Street, Hobart TAS