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A Culture Salon, part of Wild Hope for Now or Never festival

Screening + in-conversation: The Giants with Bob Brown

Renowned Australian activist Bob Brown has dedicated his life to environmental conservation and advocacy. Leader of the world’s first Green party, his leadership in the successful campaign to save the Franklin River in Tasmania marked a turning point in Australia’s environmental movement.

The Giants is a powerful film tribute to Bob Brown’s remarkable activism, and a love letter to ancient forests. Drawing on 50 years of inspiring activism, it showcases Bob’s journey from the Franklin campaign to the ongoing battle for the Tarkine rainforest, intertwining his story with the awe-inspiring life cycle of Australia’s giant trees.

Bob Brown, and filmmakers Rachael Antony and Laurence Billiet, join ABC Radio National’s Hilary Harper after the screening to share behind-the-scenes stories, lessons from his journey, the pressing need for collective action and what protest looks like today as legislators crackdown on disruptive protests.

This event is part of Wild Hope: Conversations for a Planetary Commons, an exhibition calling for a radical shift to ‘planetary thinking’ as vital to the survival of human and non-human life on Earth, at Design Hub Gallery 15 August–30 September.

Run time: The Giants 113 minutes + Q&A 50 minutes