Eva Orner’s Burning, about Australia’s devastating ‘Black Summer’, will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September.
Produced by Propagate Content, Dirty Films and Amazon Studios, the film marks Amazon’s first feature-length Australian documentary commission. To screen as part of the TIFF Docs strand, it explores what happened during the 2019 and 2020 bushfires from the perspective of victims, activists and scientists, as well as the lack of political will to address climate change.
In addition to directing, Orner executive produces alongside Cate Blanchett.
The LA-based Australian director won an Oscar for producing Alex Gibney’s 2008 doc Taxi To The Dark Side. Her credits also include Chasing Asylum, which tackled Australia’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, and The Network, a behind-the-scenes look at the largest TV network in Afghanistan.
Burning is one of two Australian films selected for this year’s TIFF, the other being Jane Campion’s drama The Power of the Dog, a New Zealand co-production, which will play as a special presentation following its Venice bow.
Lakewood, a Canadian film directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Naomi Watts as a mother struggling to rescue her son from a school shooter, screens as a gala presentation.
This year’s TIFF, with more than 100 films in selection, is a hybrid event, with in person and digital screenings.
Burning will launch on Amazon Prime Video later this year in 240 countries and territories around the world.
TIFF runs September 9–18.
TIFF DOCS program:
TIFF Docs Opening Film
Attica Stanley Nelson | USA
Beba Rebeca Huntt | USA/Mexico
Becoming Cousteau Liz Garbus | USA
Burning Eva Orner | Australia
Comala Gian Cassini | Mexico
The Devil’s Drivers Mohammed Abugeth, Daniel Carsenty | Qatar/France/Lebanon/Germany
Flee Jonas Poher Rasmussen | Denmark/France/Sweden/Norway
Hold Your Fire Stefan Forbes | USA
Listening to Kenny G Penny Lane | USA
Oscar Peterson: Black + White Barry Avrich | Canada
The Rescue E. Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin | USA/United Kingdom
Three Minutes – A Lengthening Bianca Stigter | Netherlands/United Kingdom
Wochiigii lo: End of the Peace Heather Hatch | Canada