Director Allen Dobrovolsky
Completion Date: February 28, 2018
Documentary, Adventure, Man vs Nature
Something felt terribly wrong when the former President of the United States pressed on his visit to Australia: “The incredible natural glory of the Great Barrier Reef is threatened!”
While politicians got into a huff, experts confirmed our worst fears: the Reef, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and a tourism haven for millions of visitors, is dying.
In environmental science and climate change circles, no part of the Earth is under a bigger microscope than the Great Barrier Reef. As it deteriorates before our eyes, panicked questions are being asked about its long-term survival.
MURDER ON THE REEF is a highly charged, thoughtful documentary asking: how did we get here? Climate change? Mining? Agriculture? Cyclones? Overfishing? Tourism? It interrogates past practices, business activities, and current government policy.
For the first time all sides of the sordid tale have their say: environmentalists, biologists, indigenous communities, coral specialists, marine experts, politicians, farmers, tourism operators, miners, fishermen, and townies.
MURDER ON THE REEF doesn’t answer all the questions, but raises new ones. Unlike any other reef documentary most of the time is on land, because this is not a nature documentary, it’s a brawl. We will almost certainly lose the Reef and this will be the climate change panacea to wake the world from its slumber.