Casey Cornucopia Documentary Series
As part of Casey Cornucopia’s 24-day festival a unique documentary series comprising of nine original films were created. These films capture the stories of Casey’s changing food landscape at a critical time, as well as contemplating how things might change in the future.
Within the food series we celebrate local garden efforts, discuss what it means to continue to sustain the farm in the face of urban growth, indigenous foodways and go behind the scenes on the art installation in the Plaza. The art installation is a bespoke creation done in collaboration with internationally renowned, multi-sensory design experts Bompas & Parr on their first Australian work and containing the world’s first edible mist.
All films were made between January and June 2022 with Melbourne environmental filmmaker Blake Curtis. You can see more of Blake’s work here.
You can watch these captioned films below. All films are Copyright 2022 Bunjil Place City of Casey All Rights Reserved and cannot be shared or reposted without prior approval.
Sustaining the Farm Part 1 – Farm Picking (11 mins)
Explores the changing landscape of the City of Casey from prominent farmland to Victoria’s fastest growing urban development area.
Sustaining the Farm Part 2 – Grow Your Own Way (11 mins)
How does the food we eat get grown and end up on our plates or to purchase? What kind of effort is involved in the production of fresh produce? A film which goes into the complexities of the little-seen agricultural systems in Casey and Australia.
Sustaining the Farm Part 3 – Our Global Health (11 mins)
A look at the convenience of accessing food in the modern age – but are the choices on offer healthy? Food deserts, food swamps and the irony of fast-food outlets sitting adjacent to fresh food farms is uncovered in this final part of the Sustaining the Farm series.
Getting Your Hands Dirty (10 mins)
Community gardens are a great way to grow food in the urban environment. More are popping up in the City of Casey and this film looks at some of these which have been established as well as the people who utilise them. Turns out not only are community gardens great ways to grow your own food, but there are positive social benefits and wellbeing impacts for those involved.
The Chocolate Lily (9 mins)
The Bunurong peoples have been living on the lands of Casey for over 60,000 years. Listen to Adam Magennis discuss their rich foodways and land management practises for the local area. A focus on the history of the chocolate lily is explored as the chocolate lily is featured and representative of pre-colonial Casey foods in the Casey Cornucopia installation.
Future Foods Part 1 – Growth and Restraint (10 mins)
What is the future of food production in Australia and around the world? As population increases and the arable land is diminishing what does this mean for our food systems in the future? And how can we provide enough food whilst protecting our environment? Part 1 of the Future Foods series explores two options for the future - growth of our systems or restraint.
Future Foods Part 2 – Catastrophe and Transformation (10 mins)
What is the future of food production in Australia and around the world? As population increases and the arable land is diminishing what does this mean for our food systems in the future? And how can we provide enough food whilst protecting our environment? Part 2 of the Future Foods series explores two options for the future - a catastrophic failing of our current growing methods or a complete transformation.
Post Dining and the Story Behind the Food (6 mins)
The story of bringing the first immersive dining experience held in the City of Casey. Through the creation of this unique event we learn about the history of Casey’s foodways and what goes into developing a story-based dining menu and experience.
Behind the Scenes of Casey Cornucopia with Bompas & Parr (11 mins)
Ever wondered how something is made or how creative thinkers develop their ideas? See behind the scenes on Casey Cornucopia and how multi-sensory design leaders, Bompas & Parr, designed and developed the giant food installation for Casey Cornucopia. You will explore the themes and local stories which inspired the concept, go into the technology and science required for a large scale multi-sensory artwork, and meet the people who made the final form come to life.