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Bird of Prey

The payoff of [Liner’s] work is beautiful…equal portions of wildlife film, history, adventure and science, “Bird of Prey” makes for an excellent viewing.
— Corey Walsh, The Missoulian

Dir. Eric Liner | 2017 | USA | 94 mins

Friday 19 October 2018, 6.30pm, Palace Westgarth

Join us for the EFFA 2018 closing night presented in partnership with Darebin City Council, and enjoy complimentary food and refreshments after the screening.

In 1977, world-renowned cinematographer Neil Rettig captured the first filmed images of the Philippine Eagle in the wild, transforming the bird into a national symbol. Native to and found only in the Philippines, this majestic creature is at once the world’s largest and rarest eagle. Shockingly, less than 700 remain today, and the future of these iconic birds is tied to the preservation of the Philippine’s last fragments of old-growth forest.

With the Philippines rapidly expanding population facing serious political, economic and environmental battles, the eagle’s plight has sadly fallen out of public consciousness, spurring Rettig to return and embark on a gruelling expedition alongside the next generation of Filipinos determined to save the eagle. Together, we will witness their fight to save this beautiful species from extinction.

Enhanced by beautiful wildlife photography and immaculately restored archival footage, Bird of Prey deftly explores the vanishing world of the Philippine Eagle and the inner lives of the heroes who will stop at nothing to save it.

This film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Dr Leslie Fraser (Friends of Merri Park Wetland), Dr Nadine Richings (Darebin Nature Trust member) and Marnie Lassen (Trust for Nature).


Tickets are $20 (full), $17.50 (conc.). Booking fee applies.

Catering by Lentil As Anything. Drink catering by EFFA Beverage Partners Mountain Goat and Get Wines Direct.

Closing night presented in partnership with Darebin City Council. Thanks to all EFFA 2018 partners for making this year’s festival possible, including major partner, Bank Australia, and government partner, Film Victoria.