Highest-grossing Aussie doco showing in Mundaring

Horseman Luke Carlon leads a small mob of brumbies to safety.
Horseman Luke Carlon leads a small mob of brumbies to safety.

KOOKABURRA Outdoor Cinema is the only venue in Western Australia providing exclusive screenings of an award-winning feature film about wild horses.

The Man from Coxs River (PG) follows two men at odds battling to save a mob of brumbies in the Blue Mountains National Park.

Wilderness management, heritage and the call of the wild are central to the theme of this often intensely haunting movie.

The Man from Coxs River attracted sold-out audiences last year to become the highest grossing Australian documentary.

Documentary director Russell Kilbey said the making of the movie was the most expensive horse relocation program undertaken in Australia.

The film took almost five years to complete largely shot on horseback in black snake, bushfire-prone country.

�The film crew lived with the stockmen for up to a week at a time in the wilderness, filming amongst snakes, 40 degree heat, boggy river crossings and of course wild, kicking and biting brumbies,� said Kilbey.

The Man from Coxs River became the first film to receive a National Trust of Australia Heritage Award.

Kookaburra owner Lindsay Morris said the horse documentary was a natural choice for the Mundaring cinema.

He was surprised other boutique cinemas in WA had missed out.

�We chose this movie primarily because it�s an environment film and there are a lot of environmentally aware people in the Hills, and people here love horses,� said Morris.

�The place was packed when we screened The Horse Whisperer.�

The 80-minute film will open at the Kookaburra on Friday, April 17, running until Sunday, April 19, weather permitting.

Call the Kookaburra information line on 9295 6190 for confirmation and full details.