Director JENNIFER ABBOTT (Canada 2020) 86 min
Wildfires, floods, devastation, extinction: the gravity of our existential climate crisis becomes a deeply intimate rumination on both personal and global grief in Jennifer Abbott’s The Magnitude of All Things. Still reeling from the death of her sister from cancer, Abbott—who co-directed another DocLands feature, The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel—began tracing parallels between her experience of loss and the overwhelming shared sorrow of people on the frontlines of climate change. Through exquisite dream-like footage and letters and poems penned by her sister Saille, Abbot begins to make peace with grief, finding hope and beauty in the poignancy of moments shared. Refusing to be defeatist, Abbot’s powerful cinematic journey illustrates how deep acceptance of death and climate change provide profound lessons toward accepting life. With rich sound design and stunning photography, The Magnitude of All Things traverses the Earth in search of how we can turn grief into necessary action.
IN PERSON: Director NIOBE THOMPSON
SATURDAY, MAY 7 • 3:00
SATURDAY, MAY 7 • 3:00
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DANIELLA ORTEGA is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and screen professional dedicated to excellence in storytelling and communicating complex concepts in innovative ways. Focussed on high-end documentaries about science, history, and natural history, Daniella has recently joined the documentary team at Screen Australia as a Development and Investment Manager, a role that allows her to draw on her experience to support the wider documentary industry.
The documentaries of anthropologist-filmmaker NIOBE THOMPSON reach back to our human origins, explore the mysteries of evolution, and tackle the environmental dilemmas of the Anthropocene. Niobe’s work has won three Canadian Screen Awards for Best Science and Nature Documentary, wins at Sundance and Jackson Hole, and two Emmy nominations. Niobe will start filming in 2022 on a new documentary for Tangled Bank Studios called Before the Ice, about the ancient DNA revolution.
|RUNNING TIME:||86 min|
|DIRECTORS:||Niobe Thompson, Daniella Ortega|
|PRODUCERS:||Niobe Thompson, Sonya Pemberton, Lucy Maclaren|
|NOTE WRITER:||Katie Small|