Wild Valley

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Wild Valley
One hour or 3 half hours
Documentary following the lives of a couple who live in the mountains and tame the wild horses there. When the bush fire hit the area hundreds of horses are killed and the couple are left to pick up the pieces.
Produced by Vue Pty Ltd (2005)

1 x 52 minutes or 3 x 25 minutes

The Brumbies (wild horses) are an Australian icon – a symbol of independence and of a free spirit. The Brumby is the only animal Australia has turned into a legend – the subject of many movies and books immortalised in “ Man from Snowy River”. No other animal symbolises the human spirit better then this horse. Whether carrying pioneers to new lands, riding into battle or running wild in the mountains – they carry an air of nobility and courage.

Craig is a Brumbie runner; a laconic, nuggety cowboy, catching and breaking in these wild horses, Tahee is a champion whip cracker; she has the sort of determination and calm only someone who has faced death and survived can earn. They plan to marry and dream of living together in the isolation of the bush.

As their wedding day nears, a perfect firestorm devastates the mountains and kills hundreds of mountain Brumbies. The wedding is postponed.

 

 

A year on the valley is regenerating, the grass is knee high, blackened tree trunks have tufts of green leaves and the creek runs crystal clear. Their wedding finally goes ahead amidst their plans to set up a sanctuary for themselves and the wild horses where the Brumbies will be free from the threat of starvation and illegal hunting.

They have found a stunning beautiful mountain valley to lease. With no electricity or other town supplies, no neighbours, often inaccessible in winter, it is their perfect dream. This is real Brumby country with feed all year round and constant fresh water. The horses have been coming here for 160 years.

Over the next 12 months we follow them in their quest to create their idyll.