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Cane Toads: An Unnatural History

Event Information

  • 7 May 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Mitchell Theatre Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts 280 Pitt Street
  • Sydney 2000
  • New South Wales
Other Information
  • Cost: FREE & Open to the Public

Since their ill-fated introduction in 1935, cane toads have spread rapidly across Australia, affecting our ecology and infiltrating our culture in weird and wacky ways.

The cane toad failed to save to save Queensland’s sugar crop from the grey-back beetle because the beetle could fly and the cane toad couldn’t. Worse, lacking a natural predator the cane toad thrived and has become both a pest of plague proportions and part of our culture and popular mythology.

The award winning documentary Cane Toads: An Unnatural History became an instant classic on its release in 1988. Its off-beat and entertaining look at the cane toad presents more than the biological information, showing the surprising range of people’s attitudes to these grotesque creatures – including keeping them as pets!

FREE & Open to the Public

About the Film

Cane Toads: An Unnatural History (1988)

Directed by Mark Lewis

Written by Mark Lewis

AFI Awards – Winner – Best Documentary 1988