SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL – RIVER

Rating: G
Length: 75 mins

The creative team behind Mountain (SFF 2017) reunite for the cinematic poetry that is River: director Jennifer Peedom, Richard Tognetti, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, writer Robert Macfarlane and narrator Willem Dafoe.

From the heart of each continent to the ocean shore, rivers have shaped our landscapes. They inspire and nourish us, for without fresh water, where would we be? Sadly, we often fail to respect their immense value. With eye-opening footage from 39 countries, River reveals their beauty, but also humanity’s impact on our most precious resource. The transcendental imagery is matched by ACO’s score that includes music by Bach, Jonny Greenwood and Radiohead, and First Nations musician William Barton. The combination of Macfarlane’s elegiac words (co-written by Peedom and co-director Joseph Nizeti) and Dafoe’s narration are the icing on the cake in the theatrical version of the cinematic and musical feast that is River.