The Lake of Scars

Next date: Saturday, 27 August 2022 | 04:00 PM

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In a corner of Victoria exists a link to an ancient culture. A place of astounding beauty and rare archaeological and environmental significance, it is being degraded on an annual basis. As the clock ticks, an unlikely allyship could see it saved for future generations.  

The Lake of Scars is as much a portrait of a hidden facet of history and environment as it is a musing on what reconciliation can look like in Australia. While exploring the beautiful, mysterious scarred trees, middens and stone (concentrations of shell containing evidence of past Aboriginal, hunting, gathering and food processing) scatters along these wetlands, we meet the people, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, who are working against the clock, to preserve and promote what they can.  

With organic relics at its heart, the film examines the preservation of culture and environment as our protagonists fight for scarred trees to be preserved, for middens and stone scatters to be protected and recognised, for environmental flows of water to be allowed into the seasonal lake, and for a ‘keeping place’ to be built. 


"Beautifully filmed and extremely informative." 


David Stratton, The Australian 


“A deeply moving, evocative and beautiful insight into how a battle to preserve timeless Indigenous culture found hope in a remarkable act of black and white conciliation.”  

Paul Daley, author and Guardian journalist 


"A fascinating film." 

Jason Di Rosso, The Screen Show, ABC Radio National 


"An essential story to all wanting to know more of this Land...a fabulous film" 

Lisa Jackson Pulver, deputy Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Strategy, University of Sydney 


"Beautiful and deeply poignant...brilliantly shows the complexities and difficulties of dealing with the past in the present." 

Emeritus professor of history at UNSW, Grace Karskens 



Andy Park, Drive, ABC Radio National 


"Simply a must-see documentary." 

Cinema Australia 


  • Saturday, 27 August 2022 | 04:00 PM


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