Film Screening: Kangaroo – A Love-Hate Story

Tuesday 13 November 2018,

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Old Geology Lecture Theatre, Edgeworth David Building, University of Sydney


This event is run in association with the Developing the Field of Multispecies Justice FASS Research Project.

Viewed as both an icon and a pest, the kangaroo presents as one of Australia’s biggest ecological dilemmas. Sydney Environment Institute presents a screening of the award-winning documentary Kangaroo – A love-hate story.

Set in distinctive Australian landscapes, Kangaroo explores the complex and conflicting opinions around this unique marsupial at the centre of the largest mass destruction of wildlife in the world. With breathtaking footage of kangaroos in the wild, the film provides audiences with an up-close experience of this incredible species and ignites a conversation that Australians seem reluctant to have; the future of the largest remaining marsupial species left on the planet.

Join film director Kate McIntyre Clere, Associate Professor Daniel Ramp (UTS) and Professor Danielle Celermajer (Department of Sociology and Social Policy) for a discussion and screening of Kangaroo, a ground-breaking film addressing Australia’s complex and often exploitative relationship with its national icon.


Kate McIntyre Clere, Producer, Director, Writer
Associate Professor Daniel Ramp, Centre for Compassionate Conservation, University of Technology Sydney


Professor Danielle Celermajer, Department of Sociology and Social Policy


Daniel Ramp is a conservation biologist with an interest in landscape ecology, behavioural ecology, road ecology, and wildlife-human interactions. At the core of his research lies an adoption of the principles of compassionate conservation, an expanding international discipline that promotes the wellbeing of individuals in environmental decision making. He is active in creating science that assists in policy change and his primary goal is to incentivise coexistence with wildlife in agricultural landscapes.

Kate McIntyre Clere is a multi-award winning documentary filmmaker who brings together key international social and environmental issues with beautiful cinematic storytelling. Her films include ‘Gaining Ground’, ‘A year on the Wing’, ‘Yogawoman’, ‘Aussie Rules the World’ and ‘A Hard Place’. Kate’s work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Variety, LA Times and Woman’s Day. She is an author for the Huffington Post and has contributed a chapter to a new USA book ‘Yoga and Body Image’.

Danielle Celermajer is a Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney. Her research stands at the interface of theories exploring the multi-dimensional nature of injustice and the practice of human rights. She recently completed a European Union funded multi-country project on the prevention of torture, focusing on everyday violence in the security sector. Her publications include Sins of the Nation and the Ritual of Apology (Cambridge, 2009), Power, Judgment and Political Evil: Hannah Arendt’s Promise (Routlege, 2010) A Cultural History of Law in the Modern Age (Bloomsbury, 2018) and The Prevention of Torture; An Ecological Approach (Cambridge, 2018). She is now moving in to work on the relational intra-space between human and non-human animals.