Tuesday, December 08, 2009


Jim here. After hearing about CANE TOADS: THE CONQUEST back in March from director Mark Lewis, I've been wondering how they've been doing with the completion of their project this month.

They just got in touch with me with a huge update for them: They will be premiering at the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2010.

From their press release:
Cane Toads: The Conquest explores the history, the science, the human conflict and the bizarre culture surrounding Australia’s most notorious environmental blunder – the introduction of the South American cane toad. As we follow the march of the toad across the Australian continent, director Mark Lewis (Cane Toads: an unnatural history, The Natural History of the Chicken) injects his trademark irreverence and humor into a story filled with engaging characters and extraordinary first hand accounts.

Since Lewis first explored this story in his 1988 cult classic Cane Toads: An Unnatural History, the toads have continued their spread from town to town and from state to state, now occupying nearly a third of the country. At the same time, they have evolved into a bigger, faster, even more robust creature. “The situation is constantly evolving, both in terms of the ecological impact and the cultural impact of the toads. So, it made sense to look at where we – and the toads – have gotten to now.”

Filmed with high-resolution 3D digital technology, Cane Toads is the first Australian digital 3D feature film. The 3D cameras and rigs used in the film were designed to allow viewers to get up close and personal with the toads. Lewis has likened the unique viewing experience to being “immersed in the world of the toad”.

“The story of the cane toad might be an epic disaster, a comedy of errors or a tale of rousing success,” says Lewis. “It all depends entirely on your perspective.”

Screen Australia, Participant Media, Discovery Studios and Radio Pictures present Cane Toads: The Conquest, written and directed by Mark Lewis. The Executive Producers are Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann and Clark Bunting.

I am looking forward to seeing this one. The story is certainly unique and of course 3D is very well suited for movies that have a water theme. Good luck with the premiere!

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