New York City premiere of the Documentary ‘Koala Hospital’
Director of Global Briefing, and writer, producer and director of the new documentary Koala Hospital, Susan Kelly has spent 3 years working to understand the rising threats to one of the world’s most beloved marsupials.
While Koala Hospital highlights the many perils facing koalas, including climate change due to record fires across Australia, it also looks at the efforts of individuals who work to save koalas one by one at Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, taking in patients who have been orphaned, hit by cars, scarred in fires, or attacked by dogs.
Koala Hospital made its New York City premiere on Saturday, February 2 at the 3rd Annual New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival. Ahead of its premiere, Susan Kelly answered some questions from Mongabay.com about the film and her career. The film has already made waves in Australia where the government recently listed koalas as vulnerable to extinction.
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Koala Hospital is a one hour TV documentary that presents the poignant and surprising life of koalas. For almost 40 years, the Koala Hospital and its community of volunteers have been caring for sick and injured wild koalas, giving them a second chance at life. Life at the hospital was documented over 3 years, capturing unprecedented footage of koala communication, dramatic rescues, heartfelt emotion and amusing koala antics.
Jimmy is the heart of the story. His tiny injured body is taken to the hospital’s emergency room, after he’s knocked unconscious by a car. His mother is killed in the accident and Jimmy becomes an orphan. We marvel at his new life there, being raised by loving human carers, on a unique journey back to the wild. They nurture this colourful character until he’s able to look after himself and through Jimmy’s life, we come to understand the many obstacles koalas face. Koalas are now confronted by a maze of roads and human mayhem and with fewer places to live, they’re becoming urban refugees.