Heard Island Expedition Documentary Film

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, Cinema Nova, Carlton on Saturday July 20th at 3.20pm

ANARE Club member Mike Dillon’s latest documentary film The Great White Whale has been selected for the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, screening at Cinema Nova, Carlton on Saturday July 20th at 3.20pm.  The film captures the attempts to climb Australia’s highest peak, Big Ben, on Heard Island using footage from the expedition and interviews of those involved, among them some former ANARE expeditioners including 2024 Phillip Law Medal recipient Dr Grahame Budd.  At this screening Mike will introduce the film and will hold a Q&A session.

The sound mix has been updated to surround sound cinema for this screening. Evolving versions of the film, dating from last December, have had major successes at International Mountain Film Festivals. The film has won the Grand Prize and Best Directors award in Mendi Spain, and just recently the Gold Gentian for best Expedition Film at Trento, Italy.

The Great White Whale is a 104-minutes feature documentary with 5.1 surround sound.

Produced and Directed by Michael Dillon. Film Editor Michael Balson. Music John Crick and Paul Jarman

Big Ben (Matt Curnock)

First part to ascend Big Ben 25 January 1965

L to R: W Deacock, J Crick, C Putt, P Temple (kneeling), (Photo G Budd)

Camp below Mawson Peak (G Budd)

Grahame Budd, Warwick Deacock (G. Budd)

Dr Grahame Budd

Dr Grahame Budd during the French-Australian Heard Island Summer Expedition 1971. Dr. Budd worked at Heard Island from 1954 to 2012, and published a history of the island’s exploration since its discovery in 1853. His contributions have been recognised by the naming for him of three topographic features on the island: Budd Peak, Budd Pass, and Budd Ridge.

Ascent (AAD RS33864)

Big Ben (AAD RS32227)

Mike Dillon with a Bolex Movie Camera at the screening (D Parer)

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