Living Waters: A Short Film Event

Living Waters: A Short Film Event

Join us for LIVING WATERS: A SHORT FILM EVENT where we will be exploring humanity’s unique, spiritual and ecological relationship to water, featuring:

TWO KINDS OF WATER (Senegal, Africa) tells the story of the unbreakable bond between a fisherman and his wife as they fight to keep their young family afloat in one of Africa’s most vulnerable fishing villages.

In John Harvey’s award winning film KATELE (MUDSKIPPER) we are immersed into the world of Martha, whose job at a Brisbane laundromat takes her on a spiritual journey back to her homelands of Saibai Island (Best Australian Short Film, Flickerfest and Melbourne International Short Film Festival, 2023).

We then cross the Pacific for a meditative look at gratitude and big wave surfing in Portugal, with HEAVEN IS ON MY SIDE.

Our last film lands us back in Australia, in the remote community of Boorooloola, with WARBURDAR BUNUNU: WATER SHIELD where we meet a young leader devastated with water contamination notices, determined to shield his homelands from mining using ancient song and dance.

WHEN: 1 September, 6pm

WHERE: Maleny Community Centre, 23 Maple Street Maleny.

St George’s Guild from the Anglican Parish of Maleny will be providing homemade baked savoury and sweets on a pay what you can basis.

The screening will finish with a Q&A featuring filmmaker John Harvey, permaculture guru, Robin Clayfield and Anglican priest, Deborah Bird.


  • Curated by Lydia Fairhall


  • John Harvey
  • Robin Clayfield
  • Deb Bird



John Harvey is a writer, director, and producer of Saibai Island (Torres Strait) and English descent. He is the creative director of independent theatre and film company, Brown Cabs. He made his writing debut in 2017 with Heart is a Wasteland and co-wrote the sold-out MFI show Black Ties. In 2023, John was awarded the Victorian Premiere’s Literary Award for his magnum opus The Return commissioned by Malthouse Theatre.

John has also created a dynamic slate of films, including writer and director for short films Water, Out of Range and Katele: Mudskipper (Winner: Best Australian Short Films, Flickerfest 2023). He is the co-director of feature documentary/docu-series Off Country (Winner: Best Direction in TV Documentary, Australia Director’s Guild Award 2022), producer for ABC series The Warriors and writer and director for Still We Rise (Winner: Best Documentary factual/single, AIDC Awards 2023). He was commissioned by ACMI to create a multi-channel installation called Canopy in 2020 and collaborated with artist Ricardo Idagi, where his work was awarded the Telstra Art Award in 2011. John currently serves as a board member for Bangarra Dance Theatre.


Robin is a Permaculture Pioneer and international educator, group facilitator, ceremony guide, and best-selling author — specialising in social permaculture, creative, interactive facilitation, teacher training and group leadership. She has lived and breathed permaculture, deep ecology, and social change for 40 years and has made Crystal Waters Ecovillage her home since the late 80’s.


With degrees in music and education, as well as a Bachelor of Theology from St Francis College, Deb is a multi-talented Anglican priest on a mission to bring people together. With almost twenty years of experience in music education, she has developed a keen interest in creating rituals that foster community and promote a sense of belonging at the center of the church.

Deb’s interests also extend to contemplative practices, creative liturgy, and climate justice. She is an active member of Equal Voices and ARRCC (Australian Religious Response to Climate Change) and relishes the opportunity to bring together people from different religious and community groups for conversations and collaborations.

Through her work, Deb seeks to create spaces of welcome, inclusion, and connection that inspire and empower people to work towards a more just and sustainable future. Her dynamic approach to ministry and dedication to building relationships with those around her make her a beloved figure in her community, and an inspiration to all who know her.


Presented in partnership with Anglican Parish of Maleny and Maleny Film Society.
Image credit: Ketakii Jewson-Brown

Visual Content Rating:
50: This work is a mix of visual and aural elements.

Language No Barrier
There will be some dialogue included in this event.

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Wheelchair Accessibility
This venue is accessible to people who use wheelchairs.  Seating for people who use wheelchairs will be shown by our Front of House Staff.

Accessible bathrooms are available within the Main Hall Space.

Level Access
This venue is level access throughout via use of ramps.

Low Lighting
This venue will feature low lighting throughout. A level of lighting will be provided to assist in moving around the space safely.

Baby Changing Facilities
Baby changing tables and waste bins are available within the Main Hall Space.

  • Suitable for all ages
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following exhibition may contain images of deceased and living persons
  • No flash photography
  • No videography or live streaming

This event is presented as part of Horizon Festival 2023, the Sunshine Coast’s leading multi-arts festival. Get lost in 10 days of must-see art, music, culture events and more, from the coast to the hinterland.

How to get there

Living Waters: A Short Film Event

Main Hall, Maleny Community Centre / 23 Maple St / Maleny / Jinibara Country