Eva Orner on her climate-change film: ‘Vote as if your life depends on it’

Burning gives a devastating insight into the Black Summer bushfires and the role played by climate change.

With numerous awards under her belt, including an Oscar for Best Documentary, Eva Orner is perhaps the most prominent female voice in Australian documentary filmmaking. In her latest feature Burning, Orner unleashes a devastating look at the Black Summer bushfires of 2019-2020, which in turn is also a scathing condemnation of the Australian government’s failure to do anything meaningful about climate change.

With Burning, Orner hopes to use storytelling to rally the people into voting at the forthcoming election with climate change in mind. We sat down with her at the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC), where Orner was speaking, to talk about the film, and why documentary filmmaking is more exciting than ever.

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Silvi Vann-Wall is a journalist, podcaster, and filmmaker. They joined ScreenHub as Film Content Lead in 2022. Twitter: @SilviReports