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

5.15pm | Sunday 27 October | Cinema Nova


François-Xavier Drouet | France | 2018 | 103 minutes | Subtitles

Australian Premiere

Best Film – Locarno Film Festival 2018

International Audience Award – Mediterraneo Video Festival 2018

We all like our Scandinavian-style wooden furniture, but at what cost? With commercial priorities threatening forests the world over, Le Temps des forêts (The Time of Forests) takes us deep into the once-idyllic forests of rural France, where up to 80% of forests are now maintained more as factories than countryside, with very few species of trees, no birds in the treetops and no other plants protected to survive.

This award-winning film provides an honest and beautifully filmed exposé into the heart of industrial forestry, providing an authentic study of the destructive exploitation that capitalism and rapid advancements in technology have on both nature and modern-day human labour.

Dedicated to the foresters and scientists who resist, Le Temps des forêts artfully illustrates that the current danger is not deforestation, but bad-forestation, with industry putting profit and mechanisation before workers and the environment.

This film will screen with a short film made by Roving Refills thanks to EFFA's Community Storytelling Project, made possible with the support of Bank Australia.

Adult $20.50 | Concession $17.50 + booking fee


This screening will be followed by a discussion with the following panellists.


Chris Gerbing - Oceans and Atmosphere Communications Manager, CSIRO

This session will be hosted by Chris Gerbing, an oceans and climate science communicator at CSIRO, Australia's national science agency, where he works with scientists to share their stories about climate change and ocean sustainability. Chris was director of the Environmental Film Festival Australia between 2013 and 2018 and is passionate about the role of film and television in building awareness of the environment to audiences far and wide.

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Amelia Young - Victorian Campaigns Manager, The Wilderness Society

For more than two decades Amelia has worked to protect Victoria's last great forests from logging and woodchipping. With volunteers, communities and academics, Amelia co-developed of the Great Forest National Park proposal, the Emerald Link concept and the re-branded Ethical Paper campaign. Amelia was lead conservation negotiator in the Victorian Forest Industry Taskforce which sought to transition the state's logging industry into one that all Victorians could support and be proud of. Amelia is Victorian Campaigns Director for the Wilderness Society, which is campaigning for strong new nature laws that actually protect Australia's precious natural environment and prevent wildlife extinction.


Peter Smyth - Manager, CERES Fair Wood

Pete Smyth loves timber for its aesthetics, versatility and sustainability and has worked with it since he was a teenager, with timber repeatedly been part of his career through cabinet making, museum and gallery installations and building design. Pete is now the Manager of Ceres Fair Wood, a new and growing social enterprise which aims to sell timber that supports reforestation, not deforestation.


Jordan Crook - Conservationist and activist, WOTCH

Jordon Crook is a wildlife conservationist and activist from the Yarra Valley working with the conservation group Wildlife of the Central Highlands (WOTCH). WOTCH is a volunteer-run grassroots organisation dedicated to protecting the native forests of Victorias central highlands between Toolangi in the West to Mt. Baw Baw in the East through the use of citizen science, community engagement and advocacy. WOTCH has managed to protect over 1500 ha from clear fell logging since it was established in 2014 of high quality habitat of the Leadbeater's Possum and the greater glider as well as plants such as the threatened Tall Astelia and Tree Geebung.

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.