Productions

ABBA – Bang A Boomerang

ABBA – Bang A Boomerang

Strand: History / Cultural
Released: 2013
Coproduction: Gulliver Media & Bright Films
Executive Producer: Larry Zetlin
Producers: Chris Carroll, Rebecca McElroy, Matti Crocker
Consultant Producer: Paul Clarke
Writers / Directors: Rebecca McElroy & Matti Crocker (Bright Films)

Synopsis:
Of all the ripping yarns of entertainment in Australia, by far the most fascinating is that of the relationship between ABBA and Australia in the 1970's. The story behind ABBA's arrival on the world stage is centred in Australia, and has never been told. The only clue we have of the band’s fondness for us as a nation is the strangely named song Bang A Boomerang. We now return the favour with a documentary of the same name – a humourous, passionate and poignant evocation of ABBA’s time in Australia.


The Worm Hunters

The Worm Hunters

Original gauge: HD
Released: 2011
Duration: 52 Minutes
Executive Producer: Larry Zetlin
Producer: Chris Carroll
Writer / Director: Randall Wood
DOP: Randall Wood
Specialist Photography: Peter Nearhos / Dennis Westbrook
Line Producer: Rebecca McElroy
Sound: Tony Muricy / Chris Gillette
Editor: Scott Walton
Assist Editor: Josh Dawson
Music by: Brett Aplin
Post: Fifty Fifty
Titles & Animation: Paul Butler / Andres Gomez Isaza
Grade: Paul Butler
Sound Design & Mix: Absolute Audio / Tony McVann

Synopsis:
In a dark underworld of dirty deeds, vile slime and deadly pollution, scientists are exposing an animal that could help save our challenged planet – the humble earthworm. So what can it tell us about earth’s geographic evolution? Can it reverse the earth’s infertile hot spots? Can it really cure cancer? Is it the answer to toxic waste? In 2009/2010 The Worm Hunters go underground to find answers. Armed with spades, GPS worm locators, secret ‘worm ousting’ fluids, back-hoes and worm evacuators our somewhat oddball, but dedicated, scientists literally search ‘high and low’ for the world’s first Super Worm.


LOST YEARS – A Sea Turtle Odyssey

Lost Years – A Sea Turtle Odyssey

Original gauge: HD Cam
Released: 2010 (Australian version)
Duration: 51:30minutes
Executive Producer: Larry Zetlin
Producer: Chris Carroll
Writer / Director: Jeremy Hogarth
DOP Underwater: Ross Isaac
DOP’s Topside: Peter Nearhos ACS (Macro specialist) / Phil Lomas / Nick Paton ACS
Sound: Martin Fay / James McCloy / Basil Krivoroutchko
Editor: Jo Nott
Assist Editor: Nobuka Kojima
Music by: Markus Ojala
Post: DigiPost Pro-cam
Grade: Cutting Edge
Sound Design & Mix: Absolute Audio

Synopsis:
"LOST YEARS – A Sea Turtle Odyssey" reveals for the first time one of many great mysteries of the natural world. The film features parts of the Loggerheads’ life story that has remained a mystery for decades – during the ‘lost years’ thousands upon thousands of Loggerhead hatchlings vanish into the vastness of the southern Pacific Ocean and are not seen again until just a few return to Australian waters to feed and breed. Where do they go and for how long? It’s also the story of marine biologist, Dr Col Limpus, who has dedicated over 4 decades to sea turtle research with the Loggerhead mystery firmly in his sights.

Awards:

  • IWFF - Honorable Mention for Scientific Information, Honorable Mention for Conservation Message and an Honorable Mention for Cinematography
  • "Special Prize of the Jury" at the 8th Matsalu Nature Film Festival, Estonia

Merchants of Destiny – The Huizhou Merchants of Ancient China

Merchants of Destiny – The Huizhou Merchants of Ancient China

Original gauge: HD Cam
Released: 2007
Duration: 55:20minutes
Coproduction: Gulliver Media Australia Pty Ltd and China Star Media & Investment Co.
Producers: Chris Carroll and Rock Cheng
Director: Chris Carroll
Script: Chris Carroll and Zhang Xiaoping
DOP: Phil Lomas
Sound: Greg Burgmann
Editor: Jo Nott
Narrator: Eugene Gilfedder
Post: DigiPost Pro-cam
Mix: Absolute Audio

Synopsis:
Contemporary Hui businessman Mr Xu Pulai comes from Huizhou – the region that produced the men who created the business savvy of modern China. He’s passionate about all things ‘Hui’ and like Huizhou merchants before him he has a strong social conscience – it not just about wealth it’s about sharing the experience and this man is on a mission to save what he can of Hui culture, architecture, artistry and the very essence of living Hui style amidst the fast-tracked world of a modernising China.


Of Dogs and Gods – A Social History of the Dog in China

Of Dogs and Gods – A Social History of the Dog in China

Original gauge: HD Cam
Released: 2005
Duration: 51:20minutes
Coproduction: Gulliver Media Australia Pty Ltd and Anhui Television China
Producers: Chris Carroll and Rock Cheng
Director: Chris Carroll
Script: Chris Carroll and Rock Cheng
DOP: Phil Lomas
Sound: Martin Pashley
Editor: Elahn Zetlin
Post: DigiPost Pro-cam
Mix: Absolute Audio

Synopsis:
The social history of dogs in China is an extraordinary tale that encompasses thousands of years. During this time the dog has been regarded as a spiritual being, a great hunter, man’s equal, a trusted and loyal friend and at the very least an interloper or endearing ‘mutt’. The inclusion of dogs in the daily lives of Chinese families is certainly gathering momentum but will this recognition ever match the respect and god-like status enjoyed by dogs in the ancient societies of China? A time when dogs were gods...

Awards:

  • Screening Award at the Montana CINE 2nd Annual Film Festival 2005
  • Short listed 2006 Strasbourg International Film Festival

Crown of Thorns Starfish – The Monsters from the Shallows

Crown of Thorns Starfish – The Monsters from the Shallows

Original gauge: HD Cam
Released: 2005
Duration: 51:20minutes
Produced by: Gulliver Media Australia Pty Ltd
Producer: Larry Zetlin
Director: Larry Zetlin
Script: Pam Rushby and Peter Wear
DOP: Craig Lucas / Greg Maxwell / George Evatt / Phil Lomas / David Hannan / Richard Fitzpatrich
DOP Underwater: David Hannan / Rob Stewart
Sound: Sue Lucas / Matt Tomaszewski
Editor: Megan Turner
Post: DigiPost Pro-cam
Mix: Absolute Audio

Synopsis:
Crown of Thorns Starfish – The Monster from the Shallows – unfolds the mystery of one of the most efficient eating and breeding machines in nature. This starfish only eats one thing – coral – and it has already reached uncontrollable numbers over a large part of the Great Barrier Reef. Also under impact from global warming and coral bleaching this diverse and delicate reef ecosystem is under extreme pressure...

Awards:

  • 2005 Silver at the Roshd (Educational) Film Festival, Iran
  • 2005 Special Jury Award for Research and Script, Roshd Film Festival, Iran
  • 2005 First Prize (National Parks Award) 19th Sondrio Film Festival, Italy
  • Official Selection, San Francisco Ocean Film Festival
  • 2005 Honourable Mention, Underwater Photography, International Wildlife Film Festival, USA
  • 2005 Honourable Mention for Scientific Content, International Wildlife Film Festival, USA
  • 2005 Bronze Medal for Reportages on Environmental Topics, Naturale Film Festival, Germany
  • First Prize at the International Green Film Festival, Iran
  • First Prize National Parks Award, Sondrio Film Festival, Italy

Flying Fox – Wings of the Night

Flying Fox – Wings of the Night
A tribal journey by Wiruungga Dunggiirr in search of Balawirr Dreaming

Original gauge: HD Cam
Released: 2004
Duration: 52 minutes
Coproduction: Gulliver Media Australia Pty Ltd and Marco Polo Films AG, Germany
Producer: Larry Zetlin
Director: Phil Lomas
Script: Annette Scheurich
DOP: Phil Lomas
Sound: Lincoln Williams
Editor: Ross Shakin / Hans Flink
Post: Marco Polo High Definition GmbH / DigiPost Pro-cam
Mix: Absolute Audio

Synopsis:
The Flying Fox and bats in general, carry an incredible weight of false myth on their leathery wings. This programme seeks to demythologize this flying mammal by creating a new story, a combination of observation, scientific knowledge and Aboriginal stories.


The Mystery of the Disorderly Warriors

The Mystery of the Disorderly Warriors

Original gauge: HD Cam
Released: 2004
Duration: 47 minutes
Producer: Larry Zetlin
Director: Chris Carroll
Script: Pam Rushby
Script editor: Chris Carrol
DOP: Liu Xuankai
Editor: Elahn Zetlin
Post: DigiPost Pro-cam
Mix: Absolute Audio

Synopsis:
In 1984 at a small village outside Xuzhou city in Jiangsu Province, China a group of school boys, quite by accident, stumble across a small clay head whilst playing at a development site. Made of terracotta this small fragment from the past quickly captures the imagination of archeologists and unfolds an intriguing ancient who-dunnit.


Bilby Brothers – The Men who Killed the Easter Bunny

Bilby Brothers – The Men who Killed the Easter Bunny

Original gauge: HD Cam
Released: 2001
Duration: 48 minutes
Produced by: Gulliver Media Australia Pty Ltd
Director: Jim Stevens
Script: Pam Rushby
DOP: Craig Lucas / Peter Nearhos / Axel Buettner
Sound: Warwick Finlay / Ian Grant
Editor: Rachel Grierson
Post: DigiPost Pro-cam
Mix: Auke Fischer

Synopsis:
An unusual relationship is forged between two men from two very different backgrounds; however they share the same passion, to ‘save the bilby’. Together they come up with the idea to build a fence, a really big, long fence that would do just that, protect the bilby from feral predators. Frank Manthey (EPA Ranger) and Peter McRae (Scientist) come to be known as “The Bilby Brothers”, two men on a mission to preserve one of Australia’s strangest “bits of nonsense” yet. Big ears, cute face and long tail it becomes the latest Easter treat, all in an effort to save yet another challenged native species.

Campaign Website: http://savethebilby.icemedia.com.au/

Awards:

  • Best Environmental Film
  • 2002 Best Music Score, International Wildlife Film Festival, Germany
  • 2003 Educational Film Award, Telenatura, Spain

Bundy’s Last Great Adventure

Bundy’s Last Great Adventure

Original gauge: HD Cam
Released: 2001
Produced by: Gulliver Media Australia Pty Ltd
Director: Larry Zetlin
Script: Frank Chalmers
Narration script: Peter Wear
DOP: Craig Lucas
Sound: Trevor Chalmers
Editor: David Halliday / Rachel Grierson / Cheryl Potter
Post: DigiPost Pro-cam
Mix: Absolute Audio

Synopsis:
Bundy’s Last Great Adventure is the story of a team of steam train enthusiasts, from all walks of life, who take their beloved ‘out of service’ museum steam cane locomotive on its last memorable journey on small gauge tracks to the last possible serviceable bit of track in Queensland’s Far North. It was for the ‘team’ a life experience that they could only do ‘once’ so they make the most of it.


Living Landscape – An Australian Ecosystems Series

Living Landscape – An Australian Ecosystems Series (10 parts)

Original gauge: SX Betacam
Released: 1987 - 2003
Produced by: Gulliver Media Australia Pty Ltd and Education Queensland

Synopsis:
Living Landscapes focuses on the special nature of Queensland’s flora and fauna in its many and diverse ecosystems. From urban to outer reefs it studies and explains the plants, animals and forces that make each ecosystem special at the location featured. It is an exceptional educational resource.

Awards:

  • 1997 Finalist Banksia Environmental Awards Media Section
  • 1999 Two episodes of the series won Diplomas of Honor at The Green Film Festival in, Iran

Videos: To watch the 10 episodes online visit our Resources for Schools section.


Looking After Yamini

Looking After Yamini

Original gauge: 16mm
Released: 1985
Duration: 45 minutes
Produced by: Gulliver Media Australia Pty Ltd
Director: Larry Zetlin
Script: Peter Wear
DOP: Larry Zetlin
Sound: Ruth Berry
Editor: Matthew Tucker
Post: Colorfilm Pty Ltd
Mix: Annie Cocksedge

Synopsis:
‘Looking After Yamini’ captures life on an outstation with Mandaark,a tribal elder, and his extended family. The film teaches the importance of the old people, attitudes to white Australians, the dream-time, the importance of land and sacred sites, the problems and benefits of outstation life, the ceremonies, bush tucker and the arts and crafts.


Sharing a Dream

Sharing a Dream

Original gauge: 16mm
Released: 1984
Duration: 48 minutes
Produced by: Gulliver Media Australia Pty Ltd
Director: Larry Zetlin
Script: Peter Wear
DOP: Larry Zetlin / Feature camera: Glen Threlfo
Sound: Kieren Knox / Glen Trelfo
Editor: Carol Sansoni
Post: Colorfilm Pty Ltd
Mix: Mel Radford

Synopsis:
Sharing a Dream celebrates one man’s passion for nature in all its guises. Filmed in the beautiful Lamington National Park, southern Queensland, it features expert naturalist and wildlife filmmaker, Glen Threlfo. Sharing a Dream is a simple film that unveils through one man’s eyes the amazing biodiversity within a rainforest.


Koalas - Out on a Limb

Koalas - Out on a Limb

Original gauge: 16mm
Released: 1982
Duration: 45 minutes
Produced by: Gulliver Media Australia Pty Ltd
Director: Larry Zetlin
Script: Peter Wear
DOP: Larry Zetlin
Sound: Ruth Berry
Editor: Bob Blasdall
Post: Chris Rowell
Mix: Suite 16

Synopsis:
Koalas – Out on a Limb exposes what was back in the late 70’s and early 80’s a relatively unknown and unprecedented threat of Chlamydia on the koala population of Australia. It also exposed the impact of decades of land clearing on koala habitat, which continues to threaten koala populations.

Campaign Website: https://www.savethekoala.com