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Out of the Black

Synopsis

In a heart-warming story of community, resilience, and hope, the film navigates our relationship with nature, and how we experience its beauty and destruction and ultimately coexist within a sustainable ecosystem.

Review

5/5
A documentary that explores the tragedy and resilience of a community ravaged by a bush fire.
Directed by Lewis Whittenbury, and produced by Frances Whittenbury, ‘Out of the Black’ is a short documentary that explores the impact on a community from a catastrophic bushfire in the Adelaide Hills region of South Australia. The film recounts the personal stories of those who lost everything, but gained a new sense of hope, community spirit and environmental appreciation. In spite of the poignant subject matter, the documentary is delivered with an uplifting tone that is fueled by the fortitude of the participating personalities.
Out of the Black
Throughout the 20-minute film, which is in relation to the 2019/2020 Australian bushfire season, we hear from James & Annabelle Tilbrook – the proud owners of the Tilbrook Estate – a vineyard and winery that was completely ravaged by the blaze. With the community behind them, including Emma Wilkinson, they were able to reconstruct with a renewed focus on zero net carbon and sustainability. Samuel Hakendorf, from the Burnside Country Fire Service, shares his heroic efforts to limit the spread of destruction. Losing 40-years of handwritten journals, amongst her life-long work and possessions, the poet and visual artist Belinda Broughton shares her heartbreak. A commonality they all share is their environmental sentiment in the region and the wildlife it supports.

Lewis and Frances Whittenbury have crafted a stellar documentary about a rural community rising from the ashes of tragedy. The featured subjects convey admirable resilience that is certain to provide a heartwarming response. Visually, the film is captured with outstanding cinematography throughout. Sound, post-production and music are wrapped up with the high technical standard. An endearing watch. Highly recommended.

Cast/Crew

Director(s): Lewis Whittenbury
Writer(s): Yihui Alicia Ng
Cast: Annabelle Tilbrook, Belinda Broughton, Emma Wilkinson, James Tilbrook, Samuel Hakendorf
Producer(s): Frances Whittenbury
Director of Photography: Ben Adlington
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Language: English
Year: 2022
Runtime: 20 min

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Cast/Crew

Director(s): Lewis Whittenbury
Writer(s): Yihui Alicia Ng
Cast: Annabelle Tilbrook, Belinda Broughton, Emma Wilkinson, James Tilbrook, Samuel Hakendorf
Producer(s): Frances Whittenbury
Director of Photography: Ben Adlington
Animation (if applicable):

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Genre:
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Country:
Language: English
Year: 2022
Runtime: 20 min

Recommended

Out of the Black

Synopsis

In a heart-warming story of community, resilience, and hope, the film navigates our relationship with nature, and how we experience its beauty and destruction and ultimately coexist within a sustainable ecosystem.

Review

A documentary that explores the tragedy and resilience of a community ravaged by a bush fire.

5/5
Directed by Lewis Whittenbury, and produced by Frances Whittenbury, ‘Out of the Black’ is a short documentary that explores the impact on a community from a catastrophic bushfire in the Adelaide Hills region of South Australia. The film recounts the personal stories of those who lost everything, but gained a new sense of hope, community spirit and environmental appreciation. In spite of the poignant subject matter, the documentary is delivered with an uplifting tone that is fueled by the fortitude of the participating personalities.
Out of the Black
Throughout the 20-minute film, which is in relation to the 2019/2020 Australian bushfire season, we hear from James & Annabelle Tilbrook – the proud owners of the Tilbrook Estate – a vineyard and winery that was completely ravaged by the blaze. With the community behind them, including Emma Wilkinson, they were able to reconstruct with a renewed focus on zero net carbon and sustainability. Samuel Hakendorf, from the Burnside Country Fire Service, shares his heroic efforts to limit the spread of destruction. Losing 40-years of handwritten journals, amongst her life-long work and possessions, the poet and visual artist Belinda Broughton shares her heartbreak. A commonality they all share is their environmental sentiment in the region and the wildlife it supports.

Lewis and Frances Whittenbury have crafted a stellar documentary about a rural community rising from the ashes of tragedy. The featured subjects convey admirable resilience that is certain to provide a heartwarming response. Visually, the film is captured with outstanding cinematography throughout. Sound, post-production and music are wrapped up with the high technical standard. An endearing watch. Highly recommended.

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