Back to All Events


  • Palace Westgarth 89 High Street Northcote, VIC, 3070 Australia (map)

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


Join us for a very special closing night event, including a panel discussion with the conservation couple behind Into the Jungle, followed by 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 threatened species from extinction, and why this has never been more important.



Panel Q&A: We chat with Jim and Jean Thomas

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.


Luke Taylor - Director, Sustainable Living Foundation

This session will be moderated by Luke Taylor, he is the Director of the Sustainable Living Foundation, which is a public advocacy and education organisation whose mission is to accelerate the uptake of sustainable living in Australia. Luke is the Director of the National Sustainable Living Festival, which is Australia’s longest-running and largest sustainability event. Luke is also Managing Director of Breakthrough – The National Centre for Climate Restoration, which is an independent think tank that develops critical thought leadership to influence the national climate emergency debate and policymaking.


Into the Jungle will also screen with Australian short film, Maybe Just a Fairytale, and a short film by the Australian Pollinators Alliance, created via 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.

Earlier Event: October 31