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MEDIA RELEASE
7TH JANUARY 2006
GUNNS WRIT DEFENDANT INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED

Young filmmaker and Gunns writ defendant Heidi Douglas has won the Katherine Knight Award at the Earthvision International Environmental Film Festival, held in Santa Cruz, California.

Heidi is one of the twenty defendants currently being sued by Gunns Ltd for campaigning for the protection of Tasmania’s oldgrowth forests. She is an independent filmmaker and National Audio Visual Producer for The Wilderness Society.

The award was given for her film “Tasmania’s Forests: A Global Treasure, A National Responsibility” (10 minutes duration, 2004, The Wilderness Society).

The Katherine Knight Award is given to filmmakers who “Inform, inspire, involve”.

This award is in honor and appreciation of individuals who spend their lives in pursuit of raising consciousness about environmental issues, informing, inspiring and involving those around them.

Heidi said today: “The organizers told me the screening of my film brought many tears to the audience and that it had the largest impact of all the films at the festival.

“Despite the lawsuit Gunns has brought against me, I will continue to make films to spread the word about the destruction of Tasmania’s forests.”

“Many forests remaining unprotected. The South Styx, tall eucalypt in the Tarkine, the Blue Tier, and the Weld Valley are all currently being logged.”