The Mud and Saltwater Short Film Fest has attracted over 1000 people to watch the 23 short films made by local filmmakers. The film fest was presented by the Roebuck Bay Working Group with support from State NRM, Inspiring Australia, Rangelands NRM, Cygnet Bay Pearls and artist Sobrane Simcock.
Australian actor Steve Bastoni provided acting / filmmaking workshops which paid off with many going on to make short films for the Fest about Roebuck Bay and the Kimberley. Kandy Curran said “Steve helped us to see the potential for the Mud and Saltwater Film Fest to appeal to audiences, given the Kimberley’s dramatic coastal scenery, cultures and history.
The feedback has been exceptional, with the audience loving the diversity of films, which included comedy, animation, aerial cinematography, documentary, drama and music video. The 2017 Mud and Saltwater Short Film Fest has been rescreened at the Broome Surf Club, Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, the Shinju Matsuri Festival at Sun Pictures and the Mary Island Fishing Club in Derby!
The publication of a memoir on the dinosaur track fauna on the Dampier Peninsula coast has stampeded its way across global media networks.
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 tracks around Walmadany (James Price Point) is globally unparalleled and the area the ‘Cretaceous equivalent of Serengeti’. “It is extremely significant, forming the primary record of non-avian dinosaurs in the western half of the continent and providing the only glimpse of Australia’s dinosaur fauna during the first half of the early Cretaceous Period. Walmadany is a magical place – Australia’s Jurassic Park in a spectacular setting.”
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.