Drought Stricken Cattle Farmers

$1,345 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 20 people in 30 months

My name is Paul van Kan. I am a Photographer & Film Maker from Sydney, Australia. 

In recent months I have been travelling to the centre of this vast country in order to document the hardships of the Kidd family, cattle farmers in the far western Queensland community of Windorah.  "Dude" and Helen Kidd, along with their four year old son Charlie, are struggling to keep their long held family property afloat amidst one of Australia's longest droughts on record.

The project, initially conceived as a small photographic reportage series, has grown beyond my expectations as a result of time shared with the Kidds, the people of Windorah and an immersion in their world.  The character, resilience and humour with which the Kidds and the people of Windorah confront the trials of Australia's uncompromising interior is inspiring and should be shared.

I have journeyed twice already to Windorah in order to shoot Dude Kidd and his family.  To complete their story, myself and an audio assistant must return to Windorah once more. I can no longer afford to continue this project through self funding alone.  I am seeking the assistance of external funding in order to record this snapshot of Australian history. This pledge is not for profit but necessary to cover travel and production expenses.

As a massive thank you, all people who contribute to this fund will be part of a community granted exclusive access to documentary updates in real time.

 :: CLICK HERE  to view the documentary teaser ::

Thank you for taking the time to read my pledge, and for being a part such an amazing funding platform.
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There has been a massive downpour in south west Queensland last weekend. Birdsville are saying its the highest daily rainfall they have had May in 35 years. I was taken in the chopper to see the aftermath and wow, had the landscape changed. By no means does this mean the drought ended, but a big bucket of water like this is sure to keep the spirits up :)
Here's few shots from above.
Birdsville from above
rounding up cattle in the wet
Big Red a little soggier than usual
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Well it's time to go back out to the desert. Thank you so much for your support and help to getting me back out there. I'm very excited to finish this project and share their story with you all.
Knock off time w/ Dude and Charlie Kidd
Assistant Camera Operator
The thirsty plains of Windorah
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There has been an amazing amount of support for this project so far. Thank you so much to all who have donated and shared. I'm feeling very excited that we are going to make this happen.

The drought is still very real in the middle of Australia. Among all adversity, the Kidd family still holds hope. Their story is a touching and inspiring one. It means a lot that i'm given the opportunity to share it with you.
The Wait / Teaser 2
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$1,345 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 20 people in 30 months
Created February 4, 2016
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Helen Kidd
30 months ago

Dude said he will supply the beers!

Lachie Kranz
30 months ago

Get there PVK! Trailer looks awesome.

Patrick Tombola
30 months ago

Can't wait to see the doco, great job PVK!

30 months ago
Mojo Ruiz de Luzuriaga
30 months ago

Good luck Bubs. Looks beautiful.

Taryn van Kan
30 months ago

Good luck. Awesome work xx

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