Stephen de Villiers
Chloe Gardner, Benjamin Dowie
Kangaroo Island: Of Fire and Fallout is a moving and inspiring feature documentary about the people and wildlife of Kangaroo Island in the wake of the devastating 2019-2020 bushfires.
Using an unobtrusive observational style, the film examines the lives of several Kangaroo Island residents who have been directly and indirectly affected by the fires.
“Through the stories we captured and the film’s visuals, our hope is that audiences around the world will gain a sense of the destruction they endured, the anger some of them feel, the emotional toll that it’s taken, and the challenges they now face,” Stephen said. “The film is an emotional rollercoaster, presented as a lyrical, intimate cinematic journey. At times it’s shocking, at times it’s humerous, but overall it leaves us feeling a sense of shared loss, with a stronger sense of inspiration as we witness the support of the broader community and the deep resilience of the locals.”