‘Cuttlefish Country’ is a forthcoming documentary film focussing on the spectacular Giant Cuttlefish (Sepia apama) and their annual migration to the shallow waters off Whyalla in South Australia. The film will outline the known history of the phenomenon since its discovery in the late 1990’s, and will present a range of perspectives from the people of Whyalla- a town whose residents are torn between their industrial past and promoting the town as an international eco-tourism hot-spot. The cuttlefish congregate there in their thousands, but have previously fallen victim to exploitative fishing and their habitat is under constant threat of further industrial developments attracted to the same small strip of coastline.
We began researching this film back in 2003 but were unable to pursue it due to the prohibitive expense of shooting underwater. In 2009 we purchased two underwater cameras and shot several hours of spectacular footage of cuttlefish behaviour in high definition video. We have since returned to Whyalla and conducted many interviews. As we explored the social story, the scope of the film expanded dramatically. We are now pleased to announced that Cuttlefish Country, while still holding the Giant Australian Cuttlefish at its heart, will take a much broader look at sustainable development in South Australia, in light of the pending mining boom. The story will now include wider contextual information o mining in South Australia, and detail analyses of the ‘elephant’ that is the Olympic Dam Expansion, and the development of what will become the world’s largest open pit mine.
We thank you for showing interest in our documentary film and encourage you to visit our dedicated website Cuttlefish Country and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to join us on the production journey.