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.








Fund Raising Screening at the Perth Zoo Theatre: 13th July 2017

Secrets at Sunrise will be screened at the Perth Zoo a great success!

The Perth Zoo screening was held on the 13th July and was a resounding success. With over 100 tickets sold (filling the house plus some) the was an audience on the edge of their seats watching the hope, the tragedy, the efforts and and aspirations of the film's stars as they strive to recover the WEstern Ground Parrot from the edge of near extinction. Film maker Jennene Riggs and Parks and Wildlife Regional Ecologist Sarah Comer were there to answer questions from the audience on film making and the convervation efforts.

Another screening at the zoo is planned and details will be posted here soon


Revelation Perth International Film Festival

Secrets at Sunrise was well attended at the festival and we thanks the organisers for allowing the film to be shown.


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