In 2020 during the brief break in restrictions I was part of an incredibly special trip down the Franklin River. I was the Drone Operator/Videographer as part of the crew for a film called ‘Franklin’. It was certainly one of the most exhilarating, challenging, and meaningful experiences of my photographic career.
The Franklin movie tells the story of the grassroots movement that ultimately saved the Franklin River in Tasmania’s wilderness, stopping it from being dammed and flooded forever. It is one of the greatest ever stories of the environmental movement. It includes some archival footage that has never been seen.
It was a sincere privilege to operate my UAV and film along the river fully supported with Parks Tas permits, possibly the first time this has been granted. The footage that was captured was epic in every sense, and it is a real honour to be able to share the Franklin River in this way, highlighting to the world the true beauty that was saved.
It was quite challenging conducting many hand-based drone launches and catches from a raft on a rapidly moving river. Following Oliver in his raft down the river whilst flying down chasms and ravines required a lot of spatial awareness and I was thankful my operational skills enabled me to fly safely without any incidents.
I will be sharing more about the film as we near the official launch at the Melbourne International Film Festival on August 12. The nationwide release is in September. More info can be found at franklinriver.movie
For now, I can leave you with the film trailer which was released on May 30. Can’t wait to see this in its entirety!