Private Project

A River in the Sky

This film is an account of the major flood event that hit south-east Queensland, Australia at the end of summer 2022. It is an account of the damage to the land and the recovery of local wildlife. It creates an awareness of the effects of extreme weather events
due to climate change and an appreciation of our beautiful wildlife.
Everything was filmed with handheld devices.

  • Maryse Jansen
  • Maryse Jansen
  • Maryse Jansen
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    18 minutes 56 seconds
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    February 6, 2023
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  • PIWEFF Pakistan International Wildlife and Eco Film Festival
    June 3, 2023
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Director Biography - Maryse Jansen

Maryse Jansen is originally from the Netherlands and moved to Australia in 2009. She is a nature & wildlife photographer, blogger and videographer. She has created over 50 episodes of her weekly YouTube series 'Come for a walk in the Australian Bush'. 'A River in the Sky' is her first film.

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Director Statement

I am passionate about sharing the beauty of Australian nature through my photography, blog and video-series. I keep branching out and now have added my first film. A film gives an opportunity to convey a bigger story then in my video-series. Extreme weather events happen more frequently due to climate change and I wanted to share a direct and local account of the effect of the major 2022 floods in south-east Queensland on the environment and local wildlife.
Everything is filmed with handheld devices, which creates an honest experience for the viewer of what it's like to be there and explore the area with me from the moment the river peaked, through how nature recovered throughout the year, into the next summer when there is a threat of more flooding. It creates a deeper appreciation for the resilience of nature and our beautiful wildlife as well as an understanding of the impacts of extreme weather events - especially when they happen more frequently and nature won't get enough time to recover.