Movies That Matter

Movies that Matter is a monthly program of sustainability-themed movies – always on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.  Anita Foerster and Louise Mitchell are taking the reins for Movies that Matter in 2017 – following in the impressive footsteps of Marg, Kirsty and Peter who organised the Movies that Matter for many years.  For 2017 we have organised a wonderful program of films to achieve a mix of thought-provoking, educating, motivating and inspiring stories aboutour planet, the threats it faces and the people working to implement sustainable solutions.

  • 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.


2017 Film Program

February 14: Dirt – the movie!

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

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: When Two Worlds Collide (2016)

An indigenous environmental activist takes on the politicians and large businesses that want to extract oil, minerals and gas from untouched indigenous Amazonian land.

May 9: SEED: The Untold Story (2016)

In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As bio-tech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food.

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: Forks Over Knives

This film explores the relationship between mass food consumption and the escalating rates of declining health among the greater populace. The meticulous research and compelling details outline the causes, effects and ultimately, avenues to solution.

October 10: Daughter of the Lake

At the height of the Peruvian gold rush, Nelida, an Andean woman able to communicate with water spirits, uses her powers to prevent a mining corporation from destroying the body of water she considers her mother.

November 14: Gasland II

An explosive follow-up to Oscar-nominated film GASLAND, which takes a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level (in 32 countries worldwide).

December 12: Shorts from Environmental Film Festival Australia


2016 Film Program

March 8:  Hungry for Change

April 12: No Movie

May 10: The Human Scale

June 14: Schooling the World : the White Man’s Last Burden

July 12: Unacceptable levels

August 9: International Environmental Film Festival

September 13: Chasing Asylum

October 18: Occupy Love

November 8: Sherpa (2015)

December 13: Minimalism: A documentary (2014)