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The Big Wet  (1994)

Getting to a location – West Arnhem

Gold medal winner at the New York Film Festival 1994, The Big Wet provides a striking and vivid portrayal of the wildlife in Australia’s Northern Tropics – epic in their beauty yet unforgiving in their extensive monsoon season.

Punishing in the extreme, the continuous rains sustain the area’s lush beauty while challenging the resident creatures. Wallabies and other small marsupials are forced to seek shelter, and unusually extensive flooding submerges important habitats. However, the arrival of the rains signals life for some, the production charting a variety of intriguing courtship rituals as salt water crocodiles and magpie geese begin their breeding season.

A comprehensive view from the last days of the ‘Dry’ to the first fires of April, the programme was made by renowned producer Dione Gilmour, head of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Natural History Unit (ABC NHU). Collaborating with the BBC and National Geographic on this hour long production, Gilmour enlisted the help of a large team including the award-winning photographer Mark Lamble. Stunning photography depicts the abundance of bird, mammal and reptile life, exploring the effect the variable weather has both on them, and their homes.

Beautifully filmed, The Big Wet offers an intriguing insight into the annual flooding of Australia’s Top End, detailing both the misfortunes and breathtaking beauty that are

Film credits

Film Editor: Jessica Momberg
Helicopter Pilot: Mark Hamilton
Location Consultant: Ian Morris
Location Consultant: Nick Gambold
Music: Martin Friedel
Narrator: John Waters
Photography: Mark Lamble
Photography: Terry Carlyon
Photography: Michael Dillon
Photography: Lindsay Cupper
Photography: Keith Taylor
Photography: Steven Johnson
Producer: Jeremy Hogarth
Production Manager: Simon Boyle
Production Organisation: Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
Production Organisation: Discovery Channel
Program Assistant: Josie Barba
Publicity: Marian Page
Sound: Brice Grunden
Sound: John Bradley
Sound: Rebecca Scott
Sound Editor: Craig Carter
Sound Mixer: Steve Burgess
Writer: Jonathan Holmes

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Dione Gilmour
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Mark Lamble on the Arnhem escarpment.
Mark Lamble on the Arnhem escarpment.
The Arnhem escarpment
The Arnhem escarpment
Jeremy Hogarth with time-lapse camera (Arri ST) and on the Arnhem escarpment
Jeremy Hogarth with time-lapse camera (Arri...
Time-lapse camera on the Arnhem escarpment.
Time-lapse camera on the Arnhem escarpment.
Mark Lamble on the Arhem escarpment
Mark Lamble on the Arhem escarpment
Jeremy Hogarth with the ‘pocket rocket’
Jeremy Hogarth with the ‘pocket rocket’
Mark Lamble filming near the floodplains.
Mark Lamble filming near the floodplains.
Dinner with the 'pocket rocket'
Dinner with the 'pocket rocket'
Mark Lamble filming on the Arnhem escarpment.
Mark Lamble filming on the Arnhem escarpment.
Flooded Bilabong 2
Flooded Bilabong 2
Jeremy Hogarth with the ‘pocket rocket’.
Jeremy Hogarth with the ‘pocket rocket’.
Jeremy Hogarth (Director) with Mark Lamble filming time-lapse on the Arnhem escarpment.
Jeremy Hogarth (Director) with Mark Lamble...
Approaching storm on the Arnhem escarpment
Approaching storm on the Arnhem escarpment
Getting to a location – West Arnhem
Getting to a location – West Arnhem
Mark Lamble filming rainstorm on the floodplains
Mark Lamble filming rainstorm on the floodplains
Climbing to the Arnhem escarpment
Climbing to the Arnhem escarpment
Jeremy Hogarth with the ‘pocket rocket’
Jeremy Hogarth with the ‘pocket rocket’
Flooded Billabong
Flooded Billabong
Mark Lamble after filming orange horse-shoe bats
Mark Lamble after filming orange horse-shoe...
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Jeremy Hogarth (Director) with John Bradley (Sound recordist) getting to the edge of the flood plains
Jeremy Hogarth (Director) with John Bradley...
Mark Lamble filming rainstorm on the floodplains
Mark Lamble filming rainstorm on the floodplains