Sean Willmore, a Park Ranger from Warringine Park in Victoria sold his car and remortgaged his house three times to make The Thin Green Line.
The idea to make the film about the world’s park rangers front line battle for conversation came when he met other rangers from around the world an International Park Rangers Congress in 2003. By filming rangers at work he wanted to open up a different way of looking at and communicating the wonders of our world and the daily threats to its very survival.
Sean spent most of 2004 filming the lives and stories of rangers on 6 continents and 19 countries and reckons he’s lucky to be alive after some incredible experiences including volcanoes, a charging elephant in South Africa, deadly anti poaching patrols in Uganda, South Africa, Galapagos and India, violent threats from rebel soldiers, helicopter rescues in the Rockies and protests in remote fishing and poaching communities.
Sounds like a hoot!
According to the film’s website, “filming the journey inspired Sean to deepen his belief in the devoted men and women who sometimes give their lives for their devotion to nature, people and conservation. The “Rangers’ heart” helps them cope with corruption, poor re-sourcing, ignorance, politics and greed.”
The film’s premiere will take place in 500 locations in up to 50 countries in the one night of July 31st.
And the documentary makers are inviting you host your own world premiere.
Just register your interest online for a DVD and promotional pack and to hold your own private premiere, or organise a public one. There could be one person, or hundreds – it’s up to you!
Once you have confirmed your intention to host a premiere it will feature on our Google Earth map as a dot point, and for the public premieres all the information for your premiere will be attached to your dot on the world map.
This is a not for profit project. 100% of the profits raised through the world premieres, documentary sales and sponsorships will be returned to support rangers, including the International Ranger Dependency Fund, which supports the families of Rangers who are killed in the line of duty.
For more information go to The Thin Green Line or contact Sean by email: email@example.com.