6.45 – 10.30pm | Friday 1 November | Palace Westgarth Cinema


Join us for a very special closing night event, with a screening of Into the Jungle, followed by a panel discussion with the conservation couple behind the film. This event also includes drinks and canapés in the cinema courtyard!

Adult $25 | Concession $22 + booking fee

Includes post-screening drinks and canapes (VG)


Mark Hanlin | Australia, Papua New Guinea, United Kingdom | 2018 | 92 minutes

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead, Anthropologist

When newlywed Australian zookeepers Jim and Jean Thomas pack up their suburban Melbourne lives and travel to the remote Papua New Guinea to save one of the world’s rarest animals – the Tenkile tree kangaroo – they quickly realise that improving human welfare is key to achieving animal conservation.

Over the course of eight years, Jim and Jean live with the people of the Torricelli Mountains, discovering that the local reliance on hunting the Tenkile is based on survival, and isolation from essential resources.

As the couple introduces alternative food sources and works with the community to provide clean water and sanitation, remarkable progress is made towards their critically important conservation work – but not without significant challenges along the way.

A triumph of will, passion and determination – and featuring powerful tributes from Sir David Attenborough and Jane Goodall – Into the Jungle reminds us of what is possible in the fight to save threated species from extinction, and why this has never been more important.



Hear firsthand from Jim and Jean Thomas – animal conservationists, zoologists and heads of the Tenkile Conservation Alliance – as they return to Melbourne for this very special screening and discussion.


Into the Jungle will screen with Australian short film, Maybe Just a Fairytale, and a short film made by Australian Pollinators Alliance thanks to EFFA's Community Storytelling Project, made possible with the support of Bank Australia.

This session was made possible with the support of City of Darebin.

Thanks to all EFFA 2019 partners for their generous supporting in making this year’s festival possible, including major partner, Bank Australia, government partner, City of Darebin, and supporting partner Monash University.