A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:
Travelogue is a new series created by my production team. This episode was shot by Arthur and Kate Tode in 1950 after the pair made a 40-day trip across the Pacific Ocean from New York to Australia. To me, the most striking thing this footage is knowing how little has changed. Native wildlife have been going extinct or becoming endangered since European settlement in the 18th century. Today, the Australian Wildlife Conservancy says that Australia continues to face a crisis of extinctions. Wildlife protection in Australia is as important as ever. On a more positive note, the white cockatoo—featured at the beginning of the Todes’ reel—remain at a steady population, and can even be kept as pets in Australia.
Produced by David Conover & Paul Villanova
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