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  • Cinema Nova 380 Lygon Street Carlton, VIC, 3053 Australia (map)

“This impressionistic documentary is a heavenly and entrancing look at the end of the world. It’s an intensely well-made film, finding something truly moving in between the worlds of NASA and Indigenous cosmology.” – Criterioncast

8.45pm | Friday 25 October | Cinema Nova

ABOUT the film

Sarah J. Christman | USA | 2019 | 86 mins

As artful as it is expansive, the atmospheric and enigmatic Swarm Season haunts, provokes and illuminates in equal measures.

Offering a series of unique considerations on the small and large alike – from a mother and daughter’s breeding of a bee colony, to inspections of humanity’s transcendent connection to land and planets beyond – Swarm Season gestures towards the realm of science-fiction, while remaining anchored in the human and ecological concerns of reality.

With entrancing intensity and a razor-sharp eye for dream-like visuals, this documentary delicately blends craft and contemplation into a rich, spellbinding artwork, probing our understanding of nature and compelling us to ponder what lies ahead for the planet.

This film will commence with an introduction and a short film by Australian Pollinators Alliance, created thanks to EFFA's Community Storytelling Project, made possible with the support of Bank Australia.

Adult $20.50 | Concession $17.50 + booking fee



Benedict Hughes – The Practical Beekeeper

Benedict is a well-known registered Beekeeper; as The Practical Beekeeper he collects swarms, manages hives, extracts honey, teaches and loves bees. He is the resident Beekeeper at CERES and is approved by the City of Darebin to keep bees in Darebin Parklands and Bundoora Park. Benedict regularly runs school incursions about bees and beekeeping and delivers adult educational courses at Melbourne Polytechnic and CERES in Brunswick as well as at Edendale Community Environment Farm in Eltham. He is also the founding President of The Australian Pollinator Alliance, a not-for-profit dedicated to promoting the health of bees and all pollinators, critical to our food and natural environment, through education, research and conservation.

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.

Earlier Event: October 25
Later Event: October 26