With its endless coastline and vast expanses of red, sandy desert, our continent, seemingly unaffected by time, harbours unique inhabitants and dramatic scenery.
Kangaroos bound majestically across the plains, thorny devils scamper comically through the spinifex and koala families take siestas, lounging together atop their eucalyptus perches. Exotic rainforests and cascading waterfalls also are counted among our continent's hidden treasures.
Tracing the four-billion-year journey of the southern continent, Australia: Land Beyond Time explores the lavish richness, diversity and uniqueness of Australia's life, life that survived and evolved during the most challenging of voyages.
It brings to the giant screen animals that hop instead of run, creatures that have fur yet lay eggs, ants that plant seeds, plants that were the food of dinosaurs and water birds that fly inland to breed only every few years when sporadic rains come.
Through the most ingenious strategies, the film shows how life has managed to flourish on impoverished soils, where flood and drought go hand-in-hand. In breathtaking large-format imagery, it surveys some of the most surreal and fascinating landscapes on Earth from ancient, eroded sea beds and vibrant, red sand dunes that merge with far horizons to the jeweled sea of its immense coral reef.
Australia is a remarkable journey through time.
Australia: Land Beyond Time is produced by Living Pictures (Australia) Pty Limited, in collaboration with the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Museum of Science, Boston, Cincinnati Museum Center, The Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Museum of Victoria (Australia). Financed by the Australian Film Finance Corporation Limited.
Andrew. L. Urban (Urban Cinefile)
L. Spencer - St. Vincents College Potts Point
K. Slik - Stella Marist College Manly