The Hunter

In a world premiere documentary, take a journey along one of Australia's great rivers. Scott Bevan explores the history, characters, wines and mines, plus the environmental debate shaping not just the Hunter but the nation.
After navigating Russia, ABC journalist Scott Bevan decided to come home - via the river which ran through his childhood, the Hunter.
In his curiously named kayak, Pulbah Raider, he sets out to paddle the river′s length, from near the headwaters high in the Barrington Tops hundreds of kilometres to the Pacific Ocean at Newcastle. The river carries him through time, connecting him to the people who live and work on its banks, some doing it tough, others enjoying the good life.
As he learns, the Hunter is not just a region, it′s a place that has helped to shape the nation. From it comes the food and wine many of us consume to the electricity in our homes. The river itself has inspired artists, poets and storytellers. It has helped realise dreams and make fortunes, from mining to farming. And during floods, it has washed away livelihoods - and lives. Now, as the competition for its resources intensifies, the river′s health - and the region′s lifeblood - are at risk.

This program is released for non theatrical use within educational, government and business organisations. Additional payments under a Screenrights licence are not required. Please contact us for Exhibition or Streaming Licences.

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Production Year: 
2012
Duration: 
60 mins
Series Episode
Standard $110
Schools $88
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