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THE UNAUTHORISED BIOGRAPHY

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MEET THE MOST MISUNDERSTOOD ELEMENT ON EARTH

From acclaimed filmmakers, Genepool Productions and Handful of Films and featuring Golden Globe winner Sarah Snook (Succession).

"Discover how the carbon inside you makes you part of the great unfolding story of the universe - a nuclear story, a chemical story, a biological story - and gives you kinship across the cosmos!" - Neil deGrasse Tyson

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"At its heart, this is a film about our urgent need to address a rapidly changing climate. As Carbon herself says, if we are to survive her, we must understand her"

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Daniella Ortega, Writer and Co-Director

Daniella Ortega is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and screen professional dedicated to excellence in storytelling and communicating complex concepts in innovative ways.

 

EXPERTS

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“People are saying we have a carbon problem… what is your carbon footprint? What is your carbon tax? And I’m thinking… Don’t blame Carbon! It’s not carbon’s fault!"

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"Nothing is more urgent to the survival of human civilization as we know it, than understanding carbon and where she likes to hide."

 
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ABOUT THE FILM

With Carbon in the news every day, you might think you know everything about her. But you’d be wrong. This spectacular and surprisingly unorthodox documentary reveals the paradoxical story of the element that builds all life, and yet may end it all. Narrated in first person by Sarah Snook (Succession), Carbon tells of her birth in the violent core of an exploding star and of turbulent sagas through the fabric of our evolving Earth. Accompanied by celebrated scientists, unique animations and a stunning orchestral score, Carbon reminds us of our humble participation in the most extraordinary story in the universe.  

 
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I am younger than the universe, born in the heart of a star... Your body, your mind, they are born of my collisions. You are made of stardust. So is almost everything else...Without me life would not exist. But how did that spark of life begin in your world? That's my doing. Let me tell you how. -The Voice of Carbon 

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WHERE TO WATCH

AUSTRALIA - available to view on ABC TV+iview

Streaming on all major Education platforms from July 20th including ClickView, Enhance TV, Beama Film, The Education Shop and Kanopy. 

CANADA- available to view on CBC Gem 

FRANCE & GERMANY - available to stream on ARTE

POLAND - available to view on Canal +
SWEDEN - coming to SVT, September 19th

Coming soon to: Middle East (Al Jazeera), Greece (ERT), Croatia (HRT)
 

FESTIVALS

Savonlinna International Nature Film Festival (Finland) August 19-22 

Bergen International Film Festival (Norway) October 19-27 
Pariscience Film Festival (France) 13-21, 27-31 October 2022

If you live in any other state or territory and would like to see the film come to your region, we would highly encourage you to email our international distributor, TVF, to highlight your interest in the film. You can email them at sales@tvf.co.uk
 

Carbon - The Unauthorised Biography is a co-production of Genepool Productions and Handful of Films for the ABC, CBC and ARTE. Principal production investment from Screen Australia and the Canadian Media Fund, in association with Film Victoria, Creative BC, and the Rogers Documentary Fund.

 

NEWS AND MEDIA

 
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DOWNLOAD PRESS KIT

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DOWNLOAD STUDY GUIDE (AUSTRALIA)
Teachers: Carbon – The Unauthorised Biography is on ABC TV and iView from 830pm, Tuesday July 12, 2022.

Streaming on all major Education platforms from July 20th including ClickView, Enhance TV, Beama Film, ATOM and Kanopy. Study guides are available as well as classroom friendly 60min edition and the feature length 90min version.

WATCHED THE FILM? TAKE OUR SURVEY

If you've seen the film, your feedback is essential to us. 
Please take this survey, developed by the
Monash University Climate Change Communication Research Hub, to help analyse our film's impact. 

This survey will take around 2 minutes.

Thankyou!

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Genepool Productions specialises in creating powerful and illuminating science documentaries for international audiences. Sonya Pemberton, Emmy award winner and record breaking fivetime winner of the prestigious Eureka Award for Science Journalism, leads the company. Previous projects include the critically acclaimed and multi-award-winning documentaries Immortal, Catching Cancer, Jabbed love, fear and vaccines, Uranium-Twisting the Dragon’s Tail, Vitamania - the sense and nonsense of vitamins and, most recently, Cracking COVID. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Genepool works in partnership with global broadcasters including ABC, SBS, Arte, ZDF, PBS, Smithsonian Channel and CuriosityStream.

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Specialist science and nature producer Handful of Films is known for intelligent, ambitious, and impactful documentary storytelling.  Winner of 7 Canadian Screen Awards for Best Science and Nature Program, Best Cinematography and Best Original Score for the recent documentaries The Great Human Odyssey, The Perfect Runner, and Equus - Story of the Horse, we reached new heights in 2019, with a win at Sundance for Fast Horse and our second Emmy nomination for Transplanting Hope.  We work with CBC’s The Nature of Things, PBS NOVA and Nature, The Smithsonian Channel, ZDF, Arte and other major broadcasters and distributors.

THIS FILM WAS CARBON OFFSET THANKS TO GREENFLEET AND CARBONZERO.

We know that tackling the climate emergency effectively requires systemic changes and a move away from fossil fuels. In the meantime, we can take efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and contribute to carbon offsetting projects that keep or sequester carbon into the soil.

 

One of the biggest contributors to a film production’s carbon emissions is travel, and in particular, flying. For the production of ‘Carbon - The Unauthorised Biography’, every shoot was filmed by local crews on the ground, with interviews conducted remotely via zoom. With so much of the film being produced remotely, we were able to significantly reduce our carbon emissions.

We used the PEAR method to calculate our emissions estimate - we then purchased carbon offsets equal to double our estimated emissions amount. These offsets will go towards planting native biodiverse forests to capture carbon emissions and help fight the impacts of climate change.

 

Follow Greenfleet and CarbonZero to find out more about carbon offsetting and other ways in which you can reduce your carbon footprint.

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