“I’ve never seen a film like this before.
I’ve never been in a film where I felt I could not have a good time,” said Tanya O’Brien.
The Oscar-winning director has spent the past year in a state of awe, trying to capture the magical moment of an evening on the Great Gig in the Sky.
“We’ve got this beautiful view of the Great Australian Bight and we can see this magnificent rock that we’ve just climbed out of the ocean,” she said.
“And I’m like, I can see the ocean, I’m not going to get up and I’m going to go get the best views.
And so, I just kind of sat there for three hours and then I got up and started filming.”
The film is a dramatic journey to the edge of the Australian outback and beyond.
The crew travelled from Sydney to Arnhem Land to visit a site called Tern Island, where they discovered a large fossil that has been named Ternite.
The film also tells the story of a young Aboriginal woman who travelled to Australia to study medicine.
“I have to admit, it was a bit of a shock,” Ms O’Connor said.
“When we got there, we were on the road with a caravan of about four people and we were going about two kilometres on the side of the road, and we just stopped to talk to the locals and they said they knew that this was where they were from and they knew the people and so they were so happy and so welcoming and so grateful that we had been able to go to Australia and meet them.”
The Aboriginal people, they were very happy and very welcoming and the people that we spoke to were very nice.
“Ternite, which is currently on display at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, is the oldest fossil ever discovered in Australia.”
When I first saw it, I thought it was so rare.
I had no idea how it was made and I thought, this is incredible,” Ms Tabor said.
The fossil is about the size of a football, with a rock-like head, a large horn-like ear, and a single tooth.”
They used a technique called the ‘dinosaur fossil’ which was used to extract the tooth from the bone,” Ms Trabie said.
Ms Trabies father, Bob Trabia, who is also the director of The Great Gig, said he was also surprised by how close the people came to getting to the Ternites.”
It’s such an amazing thing that they actually went and found it and that they did it at such a remote place in the middle of nowhere,” he said.
In the film, the crew also visited a cave where the fossils are believed to have been made.”
You see them on the cave wall and you see them moving through the cave, and it just kind at first I thought this is just kind ‘that’,” Ms Traber said.”[But] you just know, the more you learn about these fossils and the more we learn about the Aboriginal people and the Aboriginal culture, the better off we all are.
“The Australian team has been travelling to the Great Bight since last year, and Ms Trabi said the film has been a joy.”
Because you see the Aboriginal heritage of Australia, and the Australian culture, and how important these sites were to them and their ancestors and they’re so important to us,” she explained.”
So it’s so inspiring and so moving and so inspiring.