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“Ravishingly shot . . . a love letter to the outdoors.” — POV MAGAZINE

6.15pm | Tuesday 29 October | Cinema Nova

Join us for a screening of this beautifully crafted documentary, followed by a special Q&A with the Canadian filmmaker, Grant Baldwin.

Adult $20.50 | Concession $17.50 + booking fee


Grant Baldwin | Canada | 2018 | 76 minutes

Winner Best Mountain Culture Film – Nordic Adventure Film Festival

Winner Audience Choice Award – Available Light Film Festival

Best Photography & Best Mountain Film – Torello Mountain Film Festival

Best Snow Sports Film – Banff Film Festival

This Mountain Life delves into the spiritual connection between human and mountain, as Martina Halik and her 60-year-old mother Tania become the first female duo to trek 2,300-kilometres through the Coast Mountains in British Columbia, Canada, to Alaska. Tackling a trek which has only been completed once before, the pair immerse themselves in their passion for the sometimes wild but always enchanting mountainous terrain. Their journey is intercepted by various people – a retreat of nuns seeking to be closer to God, a snow artist, an alpinist, and a couple living off the grid – who all share the same enamour for inhabiting the peaks.

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




This screening will be followed by a Q&A with This Mountain Life filmmaker, Grant Baldwin. Grant is a Leo award-winning director, cinematographer, editor and music composer based in Vancouver, Canada. Grant’s first documentary The Clean Bin Project won 10 festival awards and has screened around the world. His film Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story premiered at Hot Docs, garnering him the award for emerging Canadian filmmaker of the year. It went on to hit #2 on the US iTunes documentary charts. Most recently, Grant has been filming with BBC’s Planet Earth.



Grant will be interviewed by Jo Lauder, a reporter for triple j’s national current affairs show, Hack. Jo has long covered stories about climate change from the perspective of young people, as well as national and local issues affecting young people. Before Hack she worked as a news reporter for the ABC in Wollongong and Nowra.

This screening, along with the filmmaker’s attendance at EFFA, was made possible with the support of the High Commission of Canada.

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.