The Mud and Saltwater Short Film Fest attracted over 800 people to watch the 23 short films made by local filmmakers.The film festival featured footage from Roebuck Bay and the Kimberley coast, and was presented by the Roebuck Bay Working Group with support from Royalties for Regions, Inspiring Australia, Rangelands NRM through the National Landcare Program and local sponsor, Cygnet Bay Pearls.
Australian actor Steve Bastoni providing filmmaking workshops with co-directors Shayne Thomson and Kandy Curran and the workshops paid off with a many attendees making outstanding short films for the Fest. Kandy Curran said “Steve helped us to see the enormous potential for the Mud and Saltwater Film Fest to appeal to audiences from around the world, given the Kimberley’s dramatic
coastal scenery and fascinating stories about life in such a wild region. The feedback from the 800 strong crowd was exceptional, with the audience loving the diversity of films, which included comedy, animation, aerial cinematography, documentary, drama and music video. The next Mud and Saltwater Short Film Fest will be held in 2019.
The publication of memoir on the dinosaur track fauna on the coast of the Dampier Peninsula has stampeded its way across global media networks, making Broome even more famous. An unprecedented 21 different types of dinosaur tracks have been identified on a 25km stretch of coast around Walmadany (James Price Point) on the Dampier Peninsula, WA. Palaeontologists from The University of Queensland and James Cook University braved sharks, crocodiles, massive tides and the threat of development to unveil the most diverse assemblage of dinosaur tracks in the world in 127 to 140 million year old rocks in the remote Kimberley region of WA.
Lead author Dr Steve Salisbury said the diversity of the tracks around Walmadany (James Price Point) globally unparalleled and the area the “Cretaceous equivalent of the Serengeti”.
“It is extremely significant, forming the primary record of non-avian dinosaurs in the western half the continent and providing the only glimpse of Australia’s dinosaur fauna during the first half of the early Cretaceous Period. Walmadany is such a magical place –
Australia’s own Jurassic Park, in a spectacular setting.”Dr Salisbury said.
Roebuck Bay Working Group is comprised of Traditional Owners and government, local community, conservation groups and business. We work collaboratively to solve issues, raise awareness and encourage research and monitoring which supports responsible management and protection of Roebuck Bay.