Interview with Co-director Alex Kelly
Congratulations! Why did you decide to direct this film?
A small group of friends who are concerned about fracking in the NT decided to make a film about an unlikely team of bilby super heroes to address our concerns.
Why is the film called Nocturnal Warriors?
Bilbies are active at night and so they are of course up to their super hero tricks after dark.
Why did you decide to make a mockumentary?
We wanted people to have fun and have a laugh as a way to share some of the more concerning facts about fracking.
This short film was made in 24 hours. Do you think more films should be made quickly as a form of guerrilla filmmaking?
Whilst we shot and cut the film in 24 hours we did have a number of planning sessions in advance to storyboard, plan costumes and locations and the order in which we would shoot. The deadline definitely made us get cracking – but planning is still important!
What type of feedback have you received so far?
The film won the audience award at the Alice Springs Lens Flair Film Festival and has been re-screened numerous times across Alice. The bilbies have now become firm fixtures in the anti-fracking movement in the Northern Territory.
What are you looking to achieve by having your film more visible on this platform?
We want to share the film, information about fracking and the potential impacts on our water supplies and the fragile ecosystems of the highly endangered bilby.
Who do you need to come on board (producers, sales agents, buyers, distributors, film festival directors, journalists) to amplify this film’s message?
Festivals and activists.
What type of impact would you like this film to have?
Stop fracking in the NT!!
Lastly, what’s a key question that will help spark a debate about this issue and film?
If the Great Artesian basin is polluted by fracking what is the future viability of life in Central Australia?
Interview: April 2016
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An unlikely group of superheroes take on the gas industry in the Australian desert after their habitat is threatened by fracking.
Current Status: Published online, available to screen
Director: Franca Barraclough, Anna Cadden, Beth Sometimes, Rusty Stewart, Imogen Semmler, Kim Webeck, Alex Kelly and Melissa Kerl.
Producer: Franca Barraclough, Anna Cadden, Beth Sometimes, Rusty Stewart, Imogen Semmler, Kim Webeck, Alex Kelly and Melissa Kerl.
Looking for: Festival screenings
Funders: Self funded DIY film
Made in association with: Lens Flair Film Festival, Alice Springs
Awards and/or Film Festival screenings:
Winner Audience Award Lens Flair Film Festival, Alice Springs
Human Rights and Arts Film Festival
Where can I watch it?
Online at https://vimeo.com/102187814