Dir. Michael Rubbo | Australia | 1973 | 58 mins
A retrospective look at individual commitment to environmental action at a time when much less emphasis was placed on the need for conservation, EFFA proudly presents a very special archival screening of the 1973 Australian film The Man Who Can’t Stop.
Exploring the story of Francis Sutton and his attempts to save Australian coastlines from ocean outfall sewage pollution, The Man Who Can’t Stop spotlights a remarkable visionary from our history. The impressive ethnographical documentary, directed by Australian filmmaker Michael Rubbo, was shot by iconic Australian cinematographer Don McAlpine (The Dressmaker, Moulin Rouge!, My Brilliant Career, Son’s Party).
Following Sutton in his quest to protect Australia’s coastline, The Man Who Can’t Stop tells the story of a dedicated environmental pioneer, showcasing Sutton’s passion for conservation and environmental protection as he works ceaselessly on maps, diagrams and plans in an attempt to find an alternative to the disposal of sewage through ocean outfalls. In his ceaseless efforts to promote and instigate an inland storage and irrigation system, Sutton meets authority head on. But in spite of constant rebuffs, he gradually gains support from a scientists, politicians and from the community of people who live around him.
The Man Who Can’t Stop is a co-production of Film Australia and the National Film Board of Canada. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.