Local fifi lm-maker scales new heights in Japan
“The theory which Col Limpus proposed, and which we proved, was that they get trapped in a massive marine current which sweeps them all the way to Peru.
“We were able to film the full life-cycle of loggerhead turtles. We spent a couple of weeks in southern Peru, 80km offshore in these rickety fishing boats.
“We filmed a loggerhead which had been caught by a long-line fisherman, and Col took some DNA samples which proved the animal had hatched in Queensland.
“We got some stunning footage, including of an adult loggerhead pulling clams out of the coral.”
As an independent film-maker, Ross is used to spending as much time rustling up finance as he is behind the camera.
“I’ve got four films on the drawing board at the moment and I am working towards producing them in 3D,” he said. “It can be a hard slog. “Generally, we need pre-sales before we can justify the expense of making a doco.
“There’s no point spending big money and long hours on a movie no-one wants.”
Ross was able to film “Lost Years” with financial support from Screen Australia and Screen Queensland.
The documentary will be screened on the ABC on Sunday, 28 November at 7:30pm.