Flyways: the untold journey of migratory shorebirds

With the world’s migratory shorebirds and their epic Flyways
under threat, scientists, in search of a smoking gun, race to
map their journeys.

  • Randall Wood
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  • Randall Wood
    § The World of Knowledge Science Film Festival, Russia - 2017 Finalist § Sichuan TV Festival, China - 2013 Gold Panda Awards for Documentary. Best Long Form Documentary § The World of Knowledge Science Film Festival, Russia - 2013 Grand Prix, Tree of Knowledge Award. § Academia Film Olomouc International Festival of Science Documentary Films, Czech Republic, April 2013 - Winner Best World Science Documentary Award and the Student Jury Award § Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Awards, Best Australian Arts Documentary 2012 § Australian Cinematographers Society Awards 2012, ACS Gold, ACS Bronze and the 2012 Judges Award for Best Cinematography § China Dragon Awards, China - Silver Prize 2012 Storyland Film and Television Production § The World of Knowledge, Russia - Grand Prix Award and Special Jury Award for Creative Pursuit 2012 § AWGIE, Australia. Australian Writers Guild Award - Best Australian Documentary for Public Broadcast 2012 § Green Screen Filmfestival, Germany - Special Jury Prize 2012 § Jackson Hole Science Media Award, USA - Best Human and Social Science film 2012 § FIPA International Festival of Audio Visual Programs, France - Young European Jury Prize 2012 § International Wildlife Film Festival, USA - 3 Merit Awards for Editing, Creative Approach and Graphics 2012 § IUTY, Hungary - The Josef Velek Grand Prix 2011 § Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, USA - Special Jury Prize 2011 § Scinema, Australia- Special Jury Prize 2011 § Matsula Film Festival, Estonia - Special Commendation 2011 § Film Critics Circle, Australia - Best Short Documentary 2009 § Sydney International Film Festival Dendy Award, Australia - Best Documentary 2009 § AFI Award, Australia - Best Documentary Sound 2009 § Slamdance International Film Festival, USA - Grand Jury Award - Best Documentary Short 2009 § ACS, Australia Gold, Silver and Highly Commended Awards for Best Cinematography in Documentary 1991-2011 § ATOM Award, Australia - Best Vocational Training Program 1998 § Queensland New Filmmakers Awards - Channel #10 Award, EnCue Students Award, Best independent Documentary. 1991, 1993. • Finalist AACTA Awards Best Feature Documentary 2012, Inside Film Awards Best Documentary 2008, Panda Award, Shanghai TV Festival, Wildscreen Storyland Film and Television Production Festival 2008 and 2012, Parisscience 2012 Ekofilm 2011, Sichuan T.V Festival, Realscreen award finalist.
  • Rebecca McEllroy
  • Alex Barry
  • Suzanne Smith
  • Rebecca McEllroy
  • Randall Wood
  • Mia Wasikowska
    Key Cast
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    1 hour 25 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 23, 2023
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    3,000,000 AUD
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    Country: Australia
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Randall Wood

Randall Wood is a multi-award-winning documentary film maker,
accomplished concert pianist, scriptwriter and cinematographer with a unique eye for technology and storytelling.
His awards include an AFI for best Documentary Sound, an AWGIE
for Best Australian Documentary, Special Jury Prizes at numerous film festivals including Sydney International Film Festival and Slamdance International, a Film Critics Circle award for Best Short Documentary, an ACS award for best Cinematography, an ATOM for best Vocational training program, and was a finalist in the 2012 AACTA Awards for best feature documentary.
His works include series and films for various networks including: ABC, Fox Movie Channel, SBS Television, Japan TV. Among his pieces are the highlights ‘Restoration Australia’, ‘To be or not to be’ ‘Hello Birdy’ starring William McInnes, ‘Traditional knowledge and Climate Science’ a 3 part series for the United Nations, ‘Worm Hunters’ for National Geographic, and ‘Curse of the Gothic Symphony’

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Director Statement

Growing up near Moreton Bay Queensland, I was introduced early to the beauty of shorebirds by my grandmother,
a bird lover who lived on the shoreline of Redland Bay. An avid bird watcher and poet, she taught me to love these vulnerable creatures.
The wayfarers of the area, the 34 species of local shorebirds in Moreton Bay are amongst the most exquisite species on the planet. They are also the amongst the most threatened.
I felt a deep calling to make Flyways.

As a filmmaker focusing on issues of ecology and science, I’ve realised one of the greatest threats to our existence lays in the precipitous global loss of biodiversity we all face.
Shorebirds are amongst the most threatened species on the planet – with some species such as Spoon-billed Sandpipers just a tiny beat away from extinction. Flyways uses the best science to address the harsh reality of this extinction crisis.
Most importantly we tell stories of the positive action we can take to stem the tide – on a local and global level.
Shorebirds, the wayfarers, are truly the most exquisite species on the planet.
On their epic journey, shorebirds tell us so much about ourselves, our world, and our quest for a better future.