Luke McWilliams gives his review of the 2020 documentary that follows a new generation of environmental activists, Wild Things.
Sally Ingleton (Acid Ocean) takes us to Australia’s rainforests where logging activities continue. Ingleton spends a year with a group of environmental activists who work tirelessly to monitor, block, and raise awareness of such activities.
Seeing the devastation to ancient and beautiful country, it is easy to feel discouraged with accelerated human-caused climate change. Wild Things fortunately shines a light on the eco-warriors hellbent on saving the planet, the successful efforts of activists who came before, and the next generation of school children taking the fight to Australia’s politicians.
The young activists are educated and passionate for their cause, risking their safety and liberty by chaining themselves to machinery and keeping a constant vigil high in the branches of the trees they wish to protect. Unlike the previous generation, mobile technology allows real-time awareness of logging activities and any necessary callouts to join the cause. Unlike the previous generation however, activist numbers are fluid, and the possibility of arrest is cause for concern.
Young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg serves as a role model for a whole generation of school children who take to the streets to protest logging and mining operations that hold their futures at risk. By showcasing a lineage of activities that can bring about political change, Wild Things provides real hope in the fight against global warming.
Verdict: An inspiring documentary that shows that passion and dedication to a cause can lead to significant change. 3 stars.
Wild Things is screening at Dendy cinemas.
- Luke McWilliams | themovieclub.net