Date Showing Showing On 20, 22, 23 November
Time Showing Monday 6pm, Wednesday 4pm and Thursday 6pm


PG 1hrs 28mins
documentary | 2023, Australia | English

Award-winning film director and actress Rachel Ward is the last person you’d expect to join a farming revolution. Following the birth of her first grandchild, Rachel is confronted head-on by the impact of our climate crisis as Australia’s Black Summer fires descend on her farm. Besieged by drought and ecological despair, Rachel finds hope in the soil beneath her feet and embarks on a journey of discovery to regenerate the land on her farm, and herself.


Mature themes and coarse language

Rachel Ward
Original Review
Peter Malone, Australian Catholics Edu. Hub
Extracted By
Janez Zagoda
Rachel Ward, Bryan Brown, Mick Green

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Rachel's Farm | Official Trailer

Storyline (warning: spoilers)

Rachel is writer/director/actor Rachel Ward. Before we visit her farm, here is a brief introduction, reminding us of who Rachel Ward has been, English-born, international actress, award-winning director, and, after meeting on the set of The Thorn Birds, marrying popular Australian actor, Bryan Brown, and they have been married for 40 years, parents, grandparents.
Ward introduces us to the farm that they bought some decades ago, in the Nambucca, NSW mid-North Coast. Rachel is a forthright personality, speaking articulately to camera, her commentary running right throughout the film, but she knows that, while listening on the part of the audience is important, there is more importance in seeing. After devastation of the area by the 2019 fires, and in collaboration with her neighbour, Mick Green, Rachel committed herself to farming, finding it exhilarating even if constant hard work. However, it was not just farming in the traditional way, a smaller property, running some cattle, reliant on fertilisers and other chemicals. Rather, this is a documentary about regenerative agriculture.
Rachel and Mick eventually combine their properties and begin working together. He introduces the regenerative aspects of the farming, along with some consultation of Indigenous elders about care for the land. Rachel goes to cattle auctions and becomes involved in farm maintenance and regeneration. Bryan Brown says that he couldn’t be a farmer – too much hard work. But he does help in his way. But more help comes from their daughter, Matilda.
The action takes place from the fires of 2019 and Rachel’s learning, going into action, held up for some months by Mick’s severe motorcycle accident and his recuperation, her having to take greater responsibilities, careful financial planning, and her making a commitment at this stage of her life to farm work, and regeneration of the land. One has to say that Rachel Ward is persuasive in what she says and in showing what she does. And, in these global warming difficult ecological times, the message about regenerative agriculture is more than timely.

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