Filmed entirely in Western Australia, this documentary tells the fascinating story of a team of conservation experts and dedicated volunteers working together to save one of the world's rarest birds, the Western Ground Parrot.

The film captures the challenges of working in remote environments trying to save a cryptic bird which wasn't photographed in the wild until 2004 and whose numbers are likely less than 150 individuals; an enigmatic parrot that chooses to live on the ground, generally only making its presence known when it calls at dawn and dusk.

Western Australian filmmaker Jennene Riggs has spent the past three years following the team from remote Cape Arid National Park where the only known population of the critically endangered parrot was almost wiped out by devastating bushfires, to Perth Zoo where attempts are under way to breed the birds in captivity.





Second Screening at the Perth Zoo Theatre: 16th September 2017

Based on the success of the first screening at the Perth Zoo on the 13th July there will be another screening held in the Zoo's theatrette on the 16th September at 3pm. Entrance will be via Gate 3 as the reception will be closed.

Images from the previous screening.


Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show - Hopetoun
22nd September 2017

Secrets at Sunrise will be shown in Hopetoun on the south coast as part of the Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show supported by the Raventhorpe Agricultural Initive Network (R.A.I.N.). The screening will be held at the Hopetoun Community Hall and details can be found in the link below. Tickets are on sale at the door from 5.30pm at a reduced price thanks to R.A.I.N.


Palace Chauvel Screening - Sydney: 3rd October 2017

Secrets at Sunrise will be screened by Palace Chauvel Cinema in Sydney on the 3rd October at 7pm. Filmaker Jennene Rigg will be in attendance to hold a special Q&A session.


Huski Pics Screening - Huskisson: 5th October 2017

Secrets at Sunrise will be screened by Huski Pics in the east coast town of Huskisson on the 5th October at 6pm. Tickets can be booked directly by ringing the cinema on (02) 4441 5076.


Mount Vic Flicks Screening - Mount Victoria: 10th October 2017

Secrets at Sunrise will be screened by Mount Vic Flicks at Mount Victoria in the NSW Blue Mountains on the 10th October at 6pm. Filmaker Jennene Rigg will be in attendance to hold a special Q&A session.


We are exploring options for further screenings and details on these will be posted once they can be confirmed.



All proceeds received by the Friends of the Western Ground Parrot from screenings will go towards our fundraising campaign.



For more information about the Western Ground Parrot
Parrot please visit the following website.


For more information about film-maker Jennene Riggs
please visit the following website.



This documentary was made possible through a grant from the State Natural Resource Management Program supported by Royalties for Regions



and filmed with support from


For more information please contact Friends of the Western Ground Parrot or Riggs Australia

Media Kit is available here