Quokkas are king

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THE se­cret life of the quokka is re­vealed in Rot­tnest Is­land King­dom of the Quokka, a doc­u­men­tary that finds out what the “hap­pi­est an­i­mal on

Earth” is up to when hu­mans are not around.

Made world fa­mous by quokka self­ies from the likes of Roger Fed­erer, Mar­got Rob­bie and Chris Hemsworth, this mar­su­pial is unique to WA and par­tic­u­larly flour­ishes on Rot­tnest de­spite the harsh con­di­tions.

Di­rec­tor, pro­ducer and writer Leighton De Bar­ros said the doc­u­men­tary fo­cused on ob­serv­ing the an­i­mals from a dis­tance and with­out in­ter­rup­tion.

“There are no hu­mans in the doc­u­men­tary; we used long lenses to cap­ture the quokkas and the other an­i­mals of­ten do­ing things never be­fore seen on film,” De Bar­ros said.

The doc­u­men­tary re­veals how tough life re­ally is for the quokkas as they fight over wa­ter, climb trees for food and suf­fer from mal­nu­tri­tion dur­ing the long sum­mer.

How­ever, there are plenty of adorable mo­ments, es­pe­cially with the ar­rival of the baby joeys.

The stun­ning footage filmed in cin­ema qual­ity 4K video also show­cases the ven­omous tiger snakes of Carnac Is­land, the lit­tle pen­guins on Pen­guin Is­land, and the ma­rine and bird life in be­tween, in­clud­ing hump­back whales, bot­tlenose dol­phins, ospreys and terns.

De Bar­ros said an un­ex­pected chal­lenge of film­ing was plas­tic lit­ter.

“We were con­stantly pick­ing up plas­tic, es­pe­cially in the ocean,” he said.

Rot­tnest Is­land King­dom of the Quokka will screen at The Back­lot

Perth on Satur­day, Au­gust 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 6.30pm.

Tick­ets are avail­able from rot­tnestis­landquokka. eventbrite.com.au.

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