The post screening Q&A panel will feature Director Kathy Drayton, Lupa J, Associate Professor Thom Van Dooren, Distinguished Professor Belinda Medlyn (The Hawkesbury Institute of the Environment) and Sarah Curran (Bat Carer), moderated by Dr Jonica Newby!
Kathy has been researching, shooting, writing, directing and editing The Weather Diaries since 2014 as the major component of her doctoral project at the University of Technology, Sydney. The film premiered in the Sydney Film Festival’s (2020 virtual edition) as a finalist in the DAF Documentary Competition. Previously Kathy wrote and directed Girl in a Mirror: A Portrait of Carol Jerrems, a widely acclaimed documentary that won Best Documentary and the Rouben Mamoulian award at the SFF’s 2006 Dendy Awards, and Switzerland’s Rose D’or for Best Arts Documentary (2006) amongst others. Kathy also wrote, directed and edited the short drama Beach Story, and Eat, an experimental documentary, both of which screened in national and international film festivals. She worked as an inhouse editor for SBS-TV for fifteen years and has edited many striking short films for independent emerging women directors.
Imogen Jones / Lupa J
Imogen discovered the Studio Ghibli film, Princess Mononoke when she was 8 and immediately becoming obsessed with it, watching it repeatedly over the years as she grew up. Taking inspiration and personal courage from the fierce little wolf girl who fought alongside animal gods to protect their forest, Imogen adopted the artist moniker of Lupa (Latin for she-wolf) in homage to the film’s significance to their emerging artistic identity. At 15, Lupa J posted their first three tracks on Soundcloud and immediately gained attention from tastemakers at DIY Magazine, who wrote “there’s something in the way [they] make predominantly electronic, gadgety things seem like they’ve come straight out of some pagan cave of organic sounds.” In Australia, national radio station Triple J nominated them as a finalist for an unprecedented two years running in their Unearthed High competitions of 2014 and 2015. Following a run of support tours including Grimes, Tegan and Sara, Alice Glass, K Flay and Sarah Blasko, in 2019 Lupa J released their debut album Swallow Me Whole, earning a nomination for the Australian Music Prize and FBi Radio’s SMAC Awards for ‘Album of the Year’. Lupa J’s second album is set for release at the end of 2020.
Associate Professor Thom Van Dooren
Associate Professor Thom van Dooren is Associate Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the University of Sydney. His research is based in the broad interdisciplinary field of the environmental humanities, with particular grounding in environmental philosophy, cultural studies, and science and technology studies. His research and writing focuses on some of the many philosophical, ethical, cultural, and political issues that arise in the context of species extinctions and human entanglements with threatened species and places. He is the author of Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction (2014), The Wake of Crows: Living and Dying in Shared Worlds (2019) and co-editor of Extinction Studies: Stories of Time, Death, and Generations (2017), all published by Columbia University Press. With Deborah Bird Rose, and the Elizabeth DeLoughrey, he was the founding co-editor of the journal Environmental Humanities (Duke University Press).
Distinguished Professor Belinda Medlyn
Belinda is Distinguished Professor in Ecosystem Modelling at Western Sydney University and holds an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship. Her research aims to understand and predict the likely impacts of climate change on Australian forests. She is also the founder of the Dead Tree Detective citizen science initiative, which works with people around Australia to monitor how trees are faring in their area. She can talk about the latest science on the effects of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide, heatwaves, drought and bushfires on Australian trees, and what the future is likely to hold.
Sarah Curran specialises in caring for flying foxes and micro bats. She works for WIRES, and has over 10 years experience running bat rescue, rehabilitation and release programs, and developing and delivering training courses for flying fox carers. Sarah usually has between ten and forty bats at home in her care but has been known to care for up to ninety bats at home after heat stress events. She is the Vice Chair of Sydney Bats, and also contributes to bat research and advocacy programs in South-East Asia, most recently working with Operation Wallacea in Indonesia. In her spare time Sarah works as a physiotherapist. Sarah blogs about her experiences and the animals in her care on social media as Sarah’s Bats.
Dr Jonica Newby
Best known as a reporter on the popular flagship Australian TV science program Catalyst, Dr Jonica Newby is a science journalist, author, TV presenter, director and host with over 20 years experience bringing great science to the public. She has twice won Australia’s most prestigious science journalism prize, the Eureka Award. Her current book, Beyond Climate Grief, due in 2021, charts her own struggles with her love for snow and grief for its future in a warming world.