ACTION: Environmental issues in focus for Lake Mac Movie Month

Rubber Jellyfish filmmaker Carly Wilson with helium balloons collected from a Queensland beach where turtles nest Picture: Supplied.

The effects of human intervention on the planet will be the focus of a series of documentaries screening as part of Lake Macquarie ‘s annual May Movie Month.

Now in its fifth year. May Movie Month aims to build the community’s knowledge and understanding of nature, climate change, and waste.

“Documentaries are hand-picked to provide people of all ages with the knowledge and inspiration to connect on a local and global scale to bring about change,” Lake Macquarie Council’s Sustainability Engagement Coordinator Chris Harle said.

The series kicks off on Wednesday 5 May with Fantastic Fungi a fascinating documentary that uses incredible time-lapse photography to help shed light on the little-known world of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and regenerate.

On Wednesday 12 May, the lethal, long-term effects releasing helium balloons into the atmosphere has on endangered marine wildlife will be covered in the 2018 documentary Rubber Jellyfish.

The 6pm screening at Event Cinemas, Glendale, will also include a Q&A session with Australian Seabird Rescue Coordinator Rob Olive.

On Wednesday 19 MayThe Weather Diaries will cover the effects of climate change, and one mother’s concerns about the world she will leave behind for her daughter, while on Wednesday 26 MayPeloton Against Plastic follows a bicycle ride aiming to share the stories of people fighting the global plastic pollution crisis.

“Every screening will be introduced by an expert on the topic, and that same expert will host a Q&A following the documentary,” Ms Harle said.

“The live Q&A sessions aim to provide further insight at a local level into these subjects and what can be done here in Lake Macquarie.”

All screenings will take place at Event Cinemas, Glendale. Head here for more information and to book.