Naively we thought because Luke was rescuing brumbies and risking his life to do it, it would be the sort of thing they might appreciate.
A documentary film-makers job is to document events before they are lost forever. This enables our society to consider and reflect on occurrences they were not present at. It's quite an important job.
Unfortunately one or two brumby groups have repeated publicly and to the defamation of our name and film that there was a conspiracy between us - the film makers and Luke Carlon, The NPWS and Sydney Catchment Authority.
According to these two women who love to quote from documentation of all types the only time pressure on the contractor (Luke) was the budget of our film.
I quote from a letter they have been circulating to cinema owners and others to scare them away from showing or viewing the film.
. "Wild horses were clearly traumatised and injured for the sake of the dramatisation of the movie and the sense of urgency, for a film crew that had insufficient budget to document a five year removal plan as per the plan; put further unnecessary stress on the animals."
This allegation is completely false and amounts to defamation of our craft and character.
Ladies please read the Warragamba Wild Horse Management Plan 2007 before you start slinging the mud.
Clearly Luke was under a lot of pressure to quickly get results in some of the roughest and most inaccessible country in the world at great risk to his own life and his crew and their horses. This document is only a plan and in fact I don't actually think Luke captured and rehomed 25 in the first year but he got close enough to allow the program to continue, saving those animals from stage 2 of the plan -a ground shoot..
Our contention is this was a near impossible task . We want to know what the people of Australia think.
Our society depends on the free spread of ideas and thought and the free discussion of events.
Everyone is entitled to an opinion of our film. We have shown it to over 10000 people all over the country now including large numbers of very experienced horse people. Nearly all of them appreciate the job we have done bringing this film to the big screen.They may have suggestions to improve on the handling methods used in our documentary but generally appreciate the extreme conditions under which this Wild Horse Management Program was undertaken.
A society where individuals, (for whatever reason) want people not to be able to see an award-winning PG rated documentary and use fear, intimidation and slander to try and achieve this is something that we must resist.
Russell Kilbey and Amy Scully