Cry of the Forest

a Film by Jane Hammond

A documentary about the plight of Western Australia’s forests.  

WA’s south-west forests are part of one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet and are recognised for their ability to capture and store carbon. They are vital to slowing run-away climate change yet instead of preserving them we are cutting them down at an alarming rate for charcoal, firewood and woodchips. Forests play a crucial role in the water cycle but the streams that once bubbled through these ecological communities are drying up and the critical habitat they provide for endangered species is shrinking.

Cry of the Forests takes viewers to the heart of the forests to see first-hand the beauty of these towering ecosystems and the life they support. We meet the activists armed with go-pros and dressed in camouflage gear risking their lives to bear witness to the logging and we meet traditional custodians, tourist operators & farmers on the frontline of the battle to protect our forests. This film seeks to change perceptions about native forests and their true value.

UPDATE: Cry of the Forests was released on November 1, 2020 and has since been playing in cinemas across WA. It has been selected to screen in more than 25 international film festivals and has picked up three awards for Best Documentary. The film is also now available to schools via the ATOM platform and for cinema screenings via the Fan Force cinema-on-demand platform. The film’s education package includes a comprehensive study guide for teachers. DVDs of the film are also available. All links to screenings, festivals, the education package and streaming can be found on the film’s website
A massive thank you to everyone who has donated to the project so far. We are continuing to fund raise in order to keep the film’s social impact campaign moving forward.