Join us at the magnificent Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace in Cremorne for a fund-raising screening of ‘A Birder’s Guide to Everything’. In this award winning independent film from USA David Portnoy, a 15-year-old birding fanatic thinks that he's made the discovery of a lifetime. So, on the eve of his father's remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their place in birding history.
Rated M (86 minutes)
Taronga Bird Festival 2014 is excited to present an exclusive screening of A Birders’ Guide to Everything – previously un-released in Australia. The film will be introduced with a speech by one of Taronga’s Bird keepers, and all ticket sales include a free goody bag. All the proceeds from this event will go towards the Taronga Foundation to support essential conservation programs which include working to support the Endangered Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo from Western Australia.
About the film
Sideways meets Stand By Me in this endearing story of friend, family and a place in birdwatching’s history books. On the eve of his widowed father’s second wedding, 15-year-old David Portnoy (Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Road) spots what may just be the extinct Labrador duck. Now he and two other stalwart members of the local Young Birders Society, joined by their headstrong photographer classmate Ellen, take off on a rollicking, interstate road trip in search of a rare bird and elusive answers to teenage questions large and small. With marvellous supporting performances by Ben Kingsley and James Le Gros, A Birder’s Guide to Everything is an alternately poignant and funny window into the thoughtful world of birding and the inner peace that can be discovered during a walk in the woods. Director Rob Meyers delivers a sparkling feature film debut, as his coming-of-age take to warm the hearts of anyone who grew up with a nerdy passion becomes the tenderhearted look at the moments and relationships that change even the most intensely focused lives. Watch the trailer
About Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos:
The Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris) are endemic to Western Australia, meaning that they are found nowhere else in the world. Once numerous, the charismatic and highly mobile Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo is now classified in Western Australia as ‘rare or likely to become extinct’ and is federally listed as ‘Endangered’. The last 50 years has seen a 50% decline in their population, and their range has been reduced by up to one-third. The main cause of their decline is loss of breeding habitat. Taronga, in a partnership with BirdLife Australia, supports the recovery project of the Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo. The project aims to change landholder behaviour by working with farmers to identify a valuable natural resources and assets that they possess – nesting, housing and feeding habitats for Carnaby’s Cockatoos – and then to determine appropriate actions to conserve these. Taronga’s support will assist in the better protection of breeding sites on private properties and provide on-the-ground examples of how farmers can protect breeding habitat for Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo. Taronga’s vision is to “Secure a shared future for wildlife and people”. Taronga supports threatened wildlife both in Australia and around the world. Learn more about Taronga’s conservation partnerships at www.taronga.org.au/conservation