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Directed by Eva Orner

Australia | Documentary | 94

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From the lens of Academy and Emmy-award winning Australian filmmaker Eva Orner, this powerful documentary profiles the ‘Black Summer’ of 2019–2020 when 59 million acres burned in Australia. Featuring shocking footage of pyro-convective infernos, the gallant efforts of volunteer and professional firefighters, and the inertia of politicians, Orner meticulously deconstructs the natural and bureaucratic environments that allow these annual tragedies to proliferate. While California audiences are no strangers to the ravages of fire (four million acres burned in CA in 2020), Burning offers us a rare glimpse into another country grappling with fake news, muzzled scientists, and grassroots efforts to combat climate change against the angry backdrop of a fiery haze.

Burning is produced by Propagate and Amazon Studios and executive produced by Cate Blanchett’s Dirty Films. The documentary is produced by Eva Orner and Jonathan Schaerf, with Executive Producers Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens. Eva Orner also directs.

Director Eva Orner

Eva Orner is a two-time Emmy Award-winning Australian filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Eva directed and produced the Netflix Original BIKRAM: Yogi, Guru, Predator which premiered at TIFF 2019. Her directing credits also include the award-winning Chasing Asylum (2016), which tackles Australia’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, and Emmy award-winning Out of Iraq (2016) which follows a gay Iraqi couple over a decade as they try to stay alive and together and seek asylum in the US.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2021

Runtime 94

Country Australia

Director Eva Orner

Executive Producer Eva Orner

Producer Eva Orner, Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, Jonathan Schaerf

Editor Forrest Borie, Kimberly Hassett, Dave Shulman

Cinematographer Greg Harrington

Music Cornel Wilczek, Pascal Barberre, Thomas E. Rouch