Screening: Burning + Q&A Eva Orner

Screening Australia’s pre-eminent documentarian, Oscar-winner Eva Orner (Bikram, Chasing Asylum, Taxi to the Dark Side), returns with an urgent examination of Australia’s cataclysmic Black Summer bushfires.

Eva Orner, Australia, 2021, MA15+, 86 min, Courtesy: Amazon


The horrors of the 2019-2020 Australian Summer were on a scale once thought unimaginable. Few will forget the nightmarish images of scorched forests and cities engulfed in smoke that engulfed world media. The bewilderment and anger were palpable: How did this happen, and what are we going to do about it? 

Academy and Emmy-award winning documentarian Eva Orner’s first Australian-focused film since 2016’s Chasing Asylum extends that increasingly urgent conversation that Australia, and the world, must have.  

Featuring interviews from climate scientists, visionary tech billionaires, and the next generation of activists, Burning explores our history as a country prone to severe bushfire seasons, it examines the Australian government’s handling of the Black Summer fires, and the mixed response this received from the public.  

 “A tremendously well-made film with a burning vitality: without question one of the most important Australian documentaries of the 21st century so far.” – The Guardian 

With a purview that goes beyond Australia’s borders, Burning speaks to the increasingly global experience of living amidst the existential threat that is the climate crisis. But rather than focusing on despair, Orner’s film reassures audiences that there is cause for hope; despite governmental inaction, there are still strategies to mitigate the looming catastrophes facing our planet.  

Curated by ACMI Film Programs



Image Credit: Burning, Amazon Prime Video, 2021