The Lake of Scars is a feature-length documentary from director Bill Code, in production on Dja Dja Wurrung country in the Australian state of Victoria. Here there exists a link to an ancient culture, unlike anywhere else Australia. A place of astounding beauty and rare cultural, archaeological and environmental significance, it is being degraded on an annual basis. One ageing farmer has spent decades caring for scar trees and middens which dot the country, generations after most of the Dja Dja Wurrung people here were forced from their land. As the clock ticks, an unlikely partnership could see it saved for future generations. The Lake of Scars is a story of environment and heritage, water and culture. It is a story of generational change and an example of reconciliation between white and black Australians which asks which things we want to change, and what we want to remain the same.
Bill has been filming this story since 2015, first with local farmer and custodian Paul Haw, then with the support of the broader Yung Balug clan. Principal photography will be completed in 2019. With distinct impact goals, this film will seek to change the way Australians think about heritage, the environment, water, and the cultures which weave a path through them. The team are seeking funding to complete post-production - a tax-deductible donation can be made within Australia at the film's Documentary Australia Foundation page.