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Year: 2020

Classification: Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG

Runtime: 91 min

Produced In: Australia

Directed By: Kathy Drayton

Produced By: Kathy Drayton, Tom Zubrycki

Language: Engish

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"The film strikes a hard-won balance of optimism and pessimism, fear and hope, melancholia and illumination." - Adrian Martin, Screenhub

"A poetic, evocative and confronting reflection on the psychological stresses of climate change on everyday lives." - Jason Di Rosso, The Screen Show: ABC Radio National

The Weather Diaries is an intimate chronicle of two simultaneous histories: on the one hand the darkly cataclysmic impacts of climate change and the extinction crisis on the forest ecosystems around Sydney, and on the other, the development of the filmmaker's daughter, Imogen Jones, from child to adult.

The Weather Diaries reaches its climax in 2020, as temperatures soar, bushfires rage, and flying fox pups die in record numbers. Drayton ruminates on our failure to value these essential pollinators and the forests they sustain, and reflects on the implications for her daughter Imogen, a girl long inspired by Studio Ghibli's Princess Mononoke, who is emerging from the classical confines of the Conservatorium High School to embark on a career as an electronic pop artist.

"The Weather Diaries supports a modest hope, one that doesn't shy away from grieving the losses we're already suffering, but a realistic hope that with creativity, determination, and contributing in our various ways to the protection of the lives we love, we can make a difference. The film is ultimately a plea for swift, unified and ambitious action on climate change, and a re-engagement with the natural world". – director Kathy Drayton


Producer, Writer, director - Kathy Drayton
Producer – Tom Zubrycki
Cinematographer, editor – Kathy Drayton
Animator – Melody Li
Music – Imogen Jones, Nathan Moas, Mara Schwerdtfeger

Thanks to University of Technology Sydney
Financed with the assistance of ScreenAustralia


Finalist! Best Tertiary Documentary category, 2021 ATOM Awards
Sydney Film Festival, Official Selection
Women in Film Festival, Melbourne, Official Selection
Environmental Film Festival of Australia, Official Selection, screened on Opening Night

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