The Big Picture

Ross House presents THE BIG PICTURE - films for environmental and social justice on the first Tuesday of the month.

Entry is by donation. All proceeds go towards environmental and social justice groups and campaigns. If you would like to host a movie to raise some funds for your own campaign, contact Amber on 9650 1599 or amber.moore(at)rosshouse.org.au. You can keep up to date with films and events via facebook or signing up to the Ross House e-bulletin (look down to the left there).

The Big Picture is currently taking a break. Keep an eye on this page for news about our next screening. Take a look at some of the movies we screened last year below:

6pm Tuesday 4 December 2012

at Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane

Life Cycles




Life Cycles tells a spectacular story of the bike, from its creation to its eventual demise. A visually stunning journey, with thought provoking narration, Life Cycles uses 4k Ultra HD to document the many stories surrounding the mountain bike and its culture.


Ride along into breath taking natural settings, as we battle the elements, showcase the progression of riding, take a road trip, fix the bike, and show the destruction and eventual creation of trails.


Semenuk, Hopkins, Schwartz, McIntosh, McCaul Agassiz, Hunter and Vanderham guide you through this wonderful story. Life Cycles is a celebration of the bicycle, and is sure to entertain anyone who has ever ridden one.

Films We've Screened:

August 2012 - Garbage Warrior Renegade architect Michael Reynolds and his green disciples have devoted their time to advancing the art of “Earthship Biotecture” – passive, solar, off-the-grid, sustainable housing. Earthship n. 1. passive solar home made of natural and recycled materials 2. thermal mass construction for temperature stabilization. 3. renewable energy & integrated water systems make the Earthship an off-grid home with little to no utility bills. Biotecture n. 1. the profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their sustainability. 2. A combination of biology and architecture. This doco follows their battle to revolutionise architecture in America and around the world.
August 2012 - Extreme IceFollow photojournalist James Balog to some of the most remote and beautiful places on Earth as he documents the disappearance of an icy landscape that took thousands of years to form. An artist, scientist, explorer, and former mountain guide, Balog braces treacherous terrain to site his cameras in ideal locations to record the unfolding drama. Remarkable time-lapse footage reveals massive glaciers and ice sheets splitting apart, collapsing, and disappearing at a rate that has scientists alarmed. This NOVA-National Geographic Television special investigates the latest evidence of a radically warming planet.
July 2012 - Plasticized In far few places around the globe, individuals are beginning to change their mindset of how we see and use "disposable" plastics - especially single use plastics such as grocery bags, water bottles, and coffee lids. With the scarily fragile state of our remaining coastal reefs and the dwindling populations of once thriving fisheries, a rapidly accumulating amount discarded plastic particulate appearing in every ocean is a reality that cannot be ignored.
June 2012 - The Real Dirt on Farmer John The epic tale of a maverick Midwestern farmer. Castigated as a pariah in his community, Farmer John bravely transforms his farm amidst a failing economy, vicious rumors, and arson. He succeeds in creating a bastion of free expression and a revolutionary form of agriculture in rural America.
May 2012 - HOME In the past 200,000 years, humans have upset the balance of planet Earth, a balance established by nearly four billion years of evolution. We must act now. It is too late to be a pessimist. The price is too high. Humanity has little time to reverse the trend and change its patterns of consumption. Through visually stunning footage from over fifty countries, all shot from an aerial perspective, Yann Arthus–Bertrand shows us a view most of us have never seen. He shares with us his sense of awe about our planet and his concern for its health. With this film, Arthus-Bertrand hopes to provide a stepping-stone to further the call to action to take care of our HOME.
April 2012 - Just Do It lifts the lid on climate activism and the daring troublemakers who have crossed the line to become modern-day outlaws. Documented over a year, Emily James' film follows these activists as they blockade factories, attack coal power stations and glue themselves to the trading floors of international banks despite the very real threat of arrest.
March 2012 - With My Own Two Wheels investigates the bicycle as a tool for development. A simple bicycle can mean transportation, employment, even access to education and healthcare. With My Own Two Wheels weaves together the experiences of five indiciduals into a single story about how the bicycle can change the worlds, one pedal stroke at a time.
the end of the line poster February 2012 - The End of the Line is first major feature documentary film revealing the impact of overfishing on our oceans; we see firsthand the effects of our global love affair with fish as food. The film examines the imminent extinction of blue-fin tuna, brought on by increasing western demand for sushi; the impact on marine life resulting in huge overpopulation of jellyfish; and the profound implications of a future world with no fish that would bring certain mass starvation. From the Straits of Gibraltar to the coasts of Senegal and Alaska to the Tokyo fish market – featuring top scientists, indigenous fishermen and fisheries enforcement officials. Scientists predict that if we continue fishing as we are now, we will see the end of most seafood by 2048.
The Yes Men Poster December 2011 - The Yes Men Fix the World is a screwball true story about two gonzo political activists who, posing as top executives of giant corporations, lie their way into big business conferences and pull off the world's most outrageous pranks. From New Orleans to India to New York City, armed with little more than cheap thrift-store suits, the Yes Men squeeze raucous comedy out of all the ways that corporate greed is destroying the planet.
Urban Roots poster November 2011 - The industrial powerhouse of a lost American era has died, and the skeleton left behind is present-day Detroit. But now, against all odds in the empty lots, in the old factory yards, and in-between the sad, sagging blocks of company housing, seeds of change are taking root. A small group of dedicated citizens, allied with environmental and academic groups, have started an urban environmental movement with the potential to transform not just a city after its collapse, but also a country after the end of its industrial age.
October 2011 - In 1923, Rudolf Steiner, a scientist, philosopher & social innovator, predicted that in 80 to 100 years honeybees would collapse. His prediction has come true with Colony Collapse Disorder, where bees are disappearing in mass numbers from their hives with no clear single explanation. In an alarming inquiry into the insights behind Steiner’s prediction Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? examines the dire global bee crisis through the eyes of biodynamic beekeepers, scientists, farmers, and philosophers.
September 2011 - From the makers of Who Killed the Electric Car, Tapped is a film that examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil.
May 2010 - A guilty New York liberal decides to practice what he preaches for one year, turns of the electricity, stops making garbage, gives up tv, taxis and take out and becomes a walking bicycling composting tree hugging polar bear saving local food eating citizen, all the while taking his baby daughter and caffeine-loving retail-obsessed television-addicted wife along with him.
April 2010 - Going beyond the occasional news clip from Burma, the acclaimed filmmaker, Anders Østergaard, brings us close to the video journalists who deliver the footage. Though risking torture and life in jail, courageous young citizens of Burma live the essence of journalism as they insist on keeping up the flow of news from their closed country. Armed with small handycams the Burma VJs stop at nothing to make their reportages from the streets of Rangoon. Their material is smuggled out of the country and broadcast back into Burma via satellite and offered as free usage for international media.
November 2009 - The Age of Stupid stars Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite (In The Name of the Father, The Usual Suspects, Brassed Off) as a man living in the devastated future world of 2055, looking back at old footage from our time and asking: why didn't we stop climate change when we had the chance? Launched at a Guinness World Recording-winning solar-powered premiere in London's Leicester Square, the film was released in cinemas worldwide, topped the UK box office (by screen average), became one of the most talked-about films of 2009 and garnered sensational reviews.
October 2009 - In 2004 Sean Willmore travelled the world, across six continents and nineteen countries, interviewing and filming the lives and stories of park rangers, recounting their experiences and extreme difficulties.
September 2009 - An independent documentary about the interconnections of the nuclear fuel cycle, from outback Australia to the nuclear plants of Germany.