Shot against the harsh and beautiful landscape of northern Australia, this is a comic account of Australia’s most notorious environmental blunder, the introduction of cane toads from Hawaii to control the beetles decimating Queensland’s sugar cane crops. The toads did not stay in the cane fields, but embarked on an unstoppable journey across the continent. Some 75 years later, in a country equipped with unprecedented scientific capabilities and unabated public will to battle the invasion, it seems nothing will stop the march of the toad. No other species has occupied a nation’s consciousness like the toad, which has achieved both criminal and cult status. Its physical design is ingenious and the sheer tenacity of its nature admirable. The film explores the history, the science, the human conflict and the bizarre culture surrounding this poignant environmental cautionary tale about invasive species and human folly. This high-resolution film allows viewers to get up close and personal with these curious creatures, providing the unique experience of being immersed in the world of the toad. Starring millions of cane toads.

Written, directed and produced by Mark Lewis. Executive Producers: Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann and Clark Bunting.

Cane Toads: The Conquest

2010 AU 85 min
Festival Year: 2012
Types: Documentary, Watch Now
Topic: Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Global Perspectives, Wildlife

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