Intermittently filmed on the same farm over a period of 18 months, Giants plays out amongst the changing landscape of the worst drought in Australia’s history. Green to yellow to a red Mars like dust bowl. Luke thinks the drought is breaking. So he doesn’t de-stock as planned, but instead get’s his herd ready to calve in the spring. His family are the lucky ones, they’re on good country. If Luke gets up early and works hard, they’ll be rewarded. It’s always been that way. But, the rain doesn’t come. Luke is forced to wonder what’s happened to the good country inside his fence.
Director: Eddy Bell
Director Biography: Eddy Bell has worked in almost every film department, graduated (Valedictorian) from the Victorian College of the Arts, hosted Belgian comedy TV and as a writer/director has been awarded top prizes at Sydney Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, St Kilda Film Festival and Flickerfest. He’s won an Australian Directors Guild award, was nominated for the 2014 AACTAs and was also recognised at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity with a Gold in the Young Director Awards. Eddy has a passion for storytelling and a knack for getting authentic performances out of anyone or anything he puts in front of the camera.
Director Statement: Our former Prime Minister once assured us, that Australia has always been "a land of droughts and flooding rains". But, is this line from the poem 'My Country', written in 1908, really proof that devastating droughts and extreme weather events are par for the course in Australia? Or will this kind of romanticism in the face of environmental catastrophe only lead to ruin?
Producer: Nonny Klaile, Luke Mulquiney, Steven Rees
Cast: Luke Mulquiney, Emma Jackson, Willow Speers