Winner of the Year of Water Award sponsored by Outrigger on Little Hastings St, Noosa, Ian Mackay.
Winner of the Year of Water Award sponsored by Outrigger on Little Hastings St, Noosa, Ian Mackay. Contributed

River of our Noosa life offers Lucky win in NICA EcoFlicks

WHEN you live beside a flowing source of beauty all the time, sometimes you need environmentally sensitive Noosa locals like Henry Glover and evocative songstress Sahara Beck to reconnect us to why we live here.

Their collaborative piece of video magic has captured the essence of people living on and by the Noosa River in a time lapse triumph of taking time to breathe all this abundant natural vitality in. And in the process it has taken out the Eumundi Markets' sponsored major award in the Noosa Integrated Catchment Association's EcoFlicks competition screened at Sunshine Coast Environmental Film Festival at the World Environment Day celebrations.

NICA organisers of the fourth EcoFlicks were delighted that Noosa scooped the pool of the 17 EcoFlicks.

Henry and Sahara's piece called Lucky is a visual smorgasbord of what makes our interaction with the river so special and tells us we're lucky to live here.

"The idea behind it is about appreciating our environment in a way that hopefully will lead us to better stewardship," Henry said as he accepted the major prize from Eumundi Markets manager Peter Homan.

"The way I chose to convey the message, I did a series of quite cinematic time lapses.

"I set that to a very beautiful song written by a young local artist called Sahara Beck based in Peregian."

Henry is a former London sound engineer who has called Noosa home for 17 years and never takes what he has found here - his sense of place - for granted. He was not sure of his prospects because of the impending birth of his baby while filming.

"So that kind of complicated things, although the baby does feature in the film if you look carefully."

He decided to shoot in time lapse sequences because he likes the technical challenge.

"They're all of the river, because the theme is of the catchment and the river and it's a big part of our local economy.

"EcoFlicks is a brilliant opportunity to encourage young people and Noosa residents to get their hands dirty with this medium. I just think it's a great way to stimulate conversation about the Biosphere," he said.

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