Bundy-born turtles star at awards

A $1.2MILLION documentary featuring Bundaberg's turtles is up for an international film award.

The recently completed, high definition, hour-long documentary Lost Years – a Sea Turtle Odyssey is a finalist in the Festival International du Film documentaire Océanien (FIFO 2011), held in Tahiti, French Polynesia.

FIFO is open to all filmmakers who have produced a documentary on the Pacific within the past three years.

Lost Years will be screened several times during the festival and will appear in the official handbook,” Gulliver Media's executive producer Larry Zetlin said.

“The main characters of our film, Queensland-born loggerhead turtles hatched on Mon Repos beach near Bundaberg, travel completely across the Pacific Ocean to the west coast of South America before returning to Australian waters – a total voyage of 28,000km over 15 years or more. You can't be more Pacific than that,” Mr Zetlin said.

The documentary has been broadcast on the National Geographic Channel in the USA and will screen on the ABC on Sunday, November 28, at 7.30pm.



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