[ASC-list] Orange Bellied Parrot film screening with Q&A 16th July (Melbourne)

Lynette Plenderleith lynette.plenderleith at gmail.com
Wed Jun 20 11:19:49 UTC 2018

Interested in documentary film? Interested in science? Australian Science
Communicators Victoria is proud to announce an evening of both at Long
Play, Fitzroy North, 16th July 2018.

Join us, filmmaker David Neilson and conservation biologist Dr. Michael
Magrath for a screening of the conservation film "The desperate plight of
the orange-bellied parrot".

   - Film screening
   - Question and answer session
   - Networking
   - Food and drink available for purchase

Learn about the natural history and conservation of these beautiful birds
and the story of the scientists working tirelessly to save them. The
species is on the brink of extinction - the rarest parrot in the world -
but rescue efforts are underway.

The evening begins from 6pm in the Long Play cinema bar, with food and
drink available. The film will start at approximately 7 o'clock after a
short introduction. After the film screening, ASC-VIC President Lynette
Plenderleith will host a question and answer session with David Neilson and
Michael Magrath, when you have the opportunity to ask questions about
filmmaking and parrot conservation.

ASC Members $5, Non-members $10. Tickets available at

You can join Australian Science Communicators here

David Neilson is a landscape and wildlife photographer and runs a small
publishing business. From 1985 to 1995 he worked for the Australian
Conservation Foundation as a graphic designer, pictorial editor and
publications officer. The Desperate Plight of the Orange-bellied Parrot is
his first film and came about initially from volunteer work he did for the
Orange-bellied Parrot recovery program at Melaleuca in Tasmania.

Michael Magrath is a biologist who works primarily on the conservation of
threatened species. He is the Research Manager for biological sciences at
Zoos Victoria (Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary, and Werribee Open
Range Zoo) and an honorary fellow with the School of Biosciences at the
University of Melbourne. Before working at Zoos Victoria, Michael was a
behavioural ecologist who led research on the reproductive behaviours of a
wide variety of birds in Australia and the Netherlands. He became involved
with the Orange-bellied Parrot eight years ago when he started work at Zoos
Victoria. Since that time he has been a member of the National Recovery
Team for the Orange-bellied Parrot and has worked on a number of research
projects related to the re-introduction of these birds to the wild.

Film run time approx. 56 mins.

Questions? Please e-mail vic_president at asc.asn.au

Hope to see you there!
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