After learning about the rhino-poaching crisis, Morgan left Australia in early 2015 and accepted an opportunity to work as an orphan rhino caregiver at Care for Wild (CFW), the world’s largest rhino orphanage. Founded by the Petronel Nieuwoudt, a world expert in orphan rhino rehabilitation, it opened her eyes to the complexity and challenges facing rhino conservation and also the disunity in the fight to protect them. Upon moving back to Australia and completing a short stint as a zookeeper for rhinos, Morgan and her partner Garth, decided that it was these issues that need to be shown to the world. The challenge was to create a documentary which would show that the rhino poaching crisis, and the solutions, are not as simple and as black and white as people are led to believe.
Garth de Bruno Austin
Co-DIRECTOR & Cinematographer
Garth was born in Nelspruit, South Africa, and it was during his teenage years that he realised he had a passion for cinematography. After immigrating to Australia in 2006, he soon returned to South Africa and began work under Director Jim Murray. This mentorship was a turning point in his career and within a year Garth was filming from helicopters with his footage shown on BBC's 'How To Grow A Planet' and 'Natures Miracle Orphans,' as well as traveling back to Australia to be the camera operator and 2nd director of photography (DP) on the award winning web series "Greenfields."
Since then Garth has worked as a DP on a range of projects, from music videos for the internationally renowned band "Northlane" and recently the Western Australian Police Union, where the under cover video that he filmed went viral with over 1 million views. His interest in rhino conservation began when he filmed a 7 episode web series for Care for Wild Africa, the world's largest rhino orphanage.
Co-cinematographer & PRODUCER
The answer was simple but the questions remained unresolved in my mind. After making the decision not to pursue a career in finance, I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to spend a month alone on a farm in Namibia with books to read, mountains to climb and nothing that I had to do. One of the items I took with me on this trip was a camera. Without any objective outcome in mind, I began to play with light and composition. The more I explored, the more fascinated I became with the intricacies involved in simply trying to capture the beauty my eyes grasped so effortlessly.
I am drawn to the few wild places that are left on earth. There is something indescribable about these places as anyone who has spent any length of time outdoors knows. You find yourself adapting to a frequency of living that takes on a much slower pace than that of our attention-seeking modern world. Everything has intrinsic interest and value and looking is “merely the act that discloses”, as Proust wrote.