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Copyright © 2012 Andy Ross

Well Beyond Water

An English composer musician and novice film maker finds himself immersed into the unlikely world of Australian sheep farmers who are dealing with a prolonged and difficult drought. Contrary to his expectations he discovers an inspiring farmer who is finding ways to adapt to the challenging climate. The farmer raises questions about the meaning of drought and points to a need for cultural change and adaptive strategies in farming practice.

Film notes

'Well Beyond Water' is a highly personal documentary that records English composer, Andy Ross’s, immersion in the sheep farming community of a remote part of New South Wales, Australia. Just about the last place he expected to be.

Recently arrived from England, Andy was commissioned by Australian arts organisation, Big hART, to compose a piece of music about Australian farmers’ experience of the prolonged drought.

For a while, he lived and worked on a sheep farm owned by Graham Strong whose efforts to rise to the challenges of climate change are at the heart of this film.

'Well Beyond Water' explores the issues that Graham is dealing with every day through a dialogue between musician and farmer, a Brit and an Aussie, an outsider and an insider.

For Andy it’s a voyage of discovery; for Graham it’s the opportunity to get his views heard.

A man of strong convictions, Graham’s philosophy is one of respect for the land. Rather than feed his sheep on grass, he’s feeding them on an indigenous plant—salt bush—which thrives in dry conditions. He’s also planting belts of trees right across his farm to protect against erosion.

Andy found himself inspired by Graham’s indomitable spirit and captivated by his views.

To his surprise, he and Graham had far more in common than he had ever imagined. Coming from two such totally different worlds, they share a commitment to creative problem solving and a determination to thrive on change.




Copyright © 2012 Andy Ross

Awards and nominations

Best Short Film
30 Apr – 22 May | New Zealand

Previous screenings

30 Apr – 22 May | Palmerston North, New Zealand
Best Short Film
30 Nov – 1 Dec | venice, Italy

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