Movies that Matter is a program of films has been selected to achieve a mix of thought-provoking, educating, motivating and inspiring stories about our planet, the threats it faces and the people working to implement sustainable solutions. If you would like further info about Movies that Matter, or would like to become involved in this action group please contact Anita.

Movies that Matter screen on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.

  • Venue: Victoria Hotel, High St, Woodend, go up the stairs to the left of where food is ordered.
  • Time: Movie starts at 7.30pm. Come from 6.30pm onwards to enjoy a meal before or during the movie. Order your meal or drink at the bar then head on upstairs.  Visit Vic Hotel Woodend.
  • Admission: A small donation to finance accessing the films for the year.


February 14: Dirt – the movie!

The soil is the number one life-giver on Earth: human survival is directly dependent on protecting it. This film traces the fundamentally important ecological functions of soil, our growing understanding of it as well as our destructive relationship with it. The movie –narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis – brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil. More info at http://www.dirtthemovie.org/the-film/

March 14:  Time to Choose (2015)

This film explores the comprehensive scope of the climate change crisis and examines solutions already available, through interviews with world-renowned entrepreneurs, innovators, thought leaders and individuals on the front lines of climate change.

April 11: What the Health (2017)

A feature-length documentary that follows the revelatory journey of the filmmaker, Kip Andersen as he uncovers the deleterious impacts of highly processed industrial animal foods on our personal health and the wider community. The deeper Kip investigates, the more he becomes concerned.

May 9: Tarkine in Motion

This film will be introduced by Emma Wasson from the Brown Foundation and a Q and A session afterward.

More info here.

June 13: Mission Blue (2014)

Mission Blue tells the story of world-renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle as she travels the globe on an urgent mission to shed light on the dire condition of Earth's oceans. Lots of amazing photography!

July 11: Sustainable (2016)

Sustainable investigates the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, from the agricultural issues — soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use — to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it.

August 8: The Islands and the Whales

In their remote Nth Atlantic home, hunting whales and seabirds has sustained Faroe Islanders for generations. However, what once secured their survival now endangers their children and the Faroe Islanders must make a choice between health and tradition.

September 12: Guarding the Galilee

This is the movie that tells you all about the proposed Adani mega coal mine and the reasons so many Australians are fighting to prevent the mine from going ahead. There are personal stories and the indigenous fight.

October 10: Cultivating Murder

Cultivating Murder is directed by Gregory Miller, funded by the Documentary Australia Foundation and is dedicated to the memory of Glen Turner a professional and ardent environmentalist. Glen worked on the frontline of habitat, species and wildlife protection. He was investigating illegal land clearing in rural NSW when he was found murdered on the side of the road. The killer was Ian Turnbull, a wealthy NSW rural producer who had previously been prosecuted for illegal land clearing. Cultivating Murder tells the story of four people who are deeply affected by the murder. By looking at Glen’s work we see how vital it is to continue in the face of legislative changes now being proposed that will see a major winding back of environment protection.

November 14: Tomorrow: a positive vision for a sustainable future

Our film this month is a documentary called ‘Tomorrow’. This film sets out to showcase alternative and creative ways of viewing agriculture, economics, energy, and education. It offers constructive solutions to act on a local level to make a difference on a global level. It is optimistic and positive! Come along and be inspired.

December 12: Shorts from Environmental Film Festival Australia (To be confirmed)