The Man from Cox’s River film at Arthouse Cinema Nambour
  • Thursday 07 August 2014

Move over Man from Snowy River, this is The Man from Cox’s River.

Wild horses won’t be able to hold you back from attending the special event screening of the powerful Australian documentary The Man from Cox’s River at Sunshine Coast Council’s Arthouse Cinema Nambour at 7:30pm on Thursday, August 14.

The Man from Cox’s River centres around Luke Carlon who grew up taking tourists on horse trips along the Cox's river, a place his family has ridden since the 1820's. However all that ended for almost 20 years when the river was declared a wilderness area, and the business closed.

After many difficult negotiations between the National Parks and the Carlons, National Parks Ranger Chris Banffy, sought Luke’s help with a difficult problem. A wily mob of brumbies (wild horses) inhabited the Burragorang valley, a water catchment area that has been sealed off to the general public for over 50 years. The brumbies, classed as feral pests, need to be removed from Sydney's water supply without any of the outcry that has marred some previous control operations, such as shooters from helicopters. Unlike any other horse relocation program in Australia the only access to the trap-yards is either by helicopter or horseback.

Luke has to find the horses, get them in the trap, break them in enough to lead them on a bone crunching 5 kilometre trek to another set of yards where truck access is available. Luke must prove himself to the ghosts of his past and lead the horses to safety and a new home without injuring the horse, crew or himself.

The Man from Cox’s River is a documentary that revives notions of the rugged, Australian bushranger - this time, against the backdrop of the heated political debate concerning the management of wild brumbies in rural New South Wales. This is a story bringing fiercely independent horsemen and National Parks Rangers together to see the world through each other’s eyes, while on a mission to save a mob of brumbies, and along the way investigate wilderness management, heritage and the call of the wild.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $11 for concessions, $9 for film club members, $11 for full-time students and $9 for children under 13 years.

Book today by calling Arthouse Cinema Nambour on 5475 7777, online at or in person at the box office.

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