A new film highlighting the threats to Western Australia’s native forests and their real value in mitigating climate change will screen at the Margaret River HEART on November 4.

Cry of the Forests was made by independent East Fremantle-based filmmaker Jane Hammond in partnership with the WA Forest Alliance. The Margaret River screening will be the first regional screening and comes just days after the film’s premiere in Perth on November 1.

Ms Hammond said the documentary took viewers to the heart of the forests to see first-hand the threats facing these critically important ecosystems.

“Cry of the Forests was filmed in the South West with much of the vision shot in the Margaret River, Nannup, Pemberton, Manjimup, Bridgetown and Walpole areas,” she said.

“It includes footage of the rarely seen destruction happening in our forests on a daily basis and much of this was shot just minutes from Margaret River’s central business district.

“The film throws a light on the issues facing our forests and their value in storing and drawing down carbon,” Ms Hammond said.

WA Forest Alliance campaign director Jess Beckerling said the film was a wake-up call for all West Australians. 

“At this point in history we urgently need to be protecting our forests for climate and for life. This is a film that every Western Australian should see,” Ms Beckerling said.