Activity Introduction

Human impacts on the Earth and the Earth impacts on the life of humans.

The Core Idea

THE EARTH WINS is a powerful film that leaves the viewer with lasting images. It raises interesting ideas and questions that will engage students in the discussion and the development of important broad world concepts. The use of music and lyrics, the carefully worded captions and the powerful images themselves provide a vehicle for students and teachers to contemplate their own ideas.


The writer and director of the film is Jerry Grayson who has been a prominent helicopter pilot in the world of film-making since the ‘70s.  THE EARTH WINS has been shot entirely from the air and is a passionate plea to consider the interdependence of man with Mother Earth.

Jerry’s overall perspective can be summed up in the Socrates quote;

“Man must rise above the earth – to the top of the atmosphere and beyond – for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives…”


Teachers are encouraged to bring this learning to life by taking their students on an excursion to the IMAX Cinema to see THE EARTH WINS. IMAX Cinemas are located in Sydney and Melbourne. This film will be featured in other states subject to demand. Please email us to request this film in your state.

Please note: It is important to be mindful of students if they have experienced natural disasters as it may bring up feelings of anxiety or grief.


Thank you to the expert team of curriculum writers, Jane Morrison and Phillipa Beeson who created the original education guide for the film. 


Jane Morrison B.Ed
Jane taught at the University of Melbourne in the Education Faculty from 2005 -2007. She gained her teaching experience over fifteen years, in the primary area at Shelford Presbyterian Ladies College and Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School. As a leading teacher, she developed, wrote curriculum and taught a variety of levels in these schools. Between 1996 and 2005, with her business partner, she created Edplus Pty Ltd, an educational film company making eight professional development films for teachers on a variety of topics. She has also written and published eight information text books.

Phillipa Beeson B.Ed, Grad Dip Lib

Phillipa worked for many years as a classroom teacher in all sectors of the education industry and in three states of Australia. For three years she was Head of the Junior School at Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School. This was followed by seven years as Head of Geelong Grammar School’s Toorak Campus. She introduced the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP) to Victoria and has
conducted PYP workshops for teachers across the Asia Pacific region as well as in the United States. She has worked in India, China, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Japan and Indonesia. In 2008 she took up the position of Foundation Head of the Primary School at Discovery College in Hong Kong, a position she held for over two years during which time the school was established in a state of the art facility on Lantau Island, the International Baccalaureate Program was embedded, and the school’s curriculum and ethos developed.


Teacher Worksheet

The film breaks down into the following 8 chapters

Chapter One - Introduction

The film tells a personal visual story without the encumbrance of a voice over. The introduction to the film is about humanity’s progression from the sea, to the rocks and onto the land. As time passed, we created complex tools and began to harness the elements. The growth of population requires us to mass produce food, which needs sunlight and water as an integral part of the process. Over the last century we have started to harness dead fossils to give us a means of rapid transport. Fossil fuels are a finite resource. Our attention seems focused on accelerating everything we do. 

Chapter Two - Industry

We dig up the Earth’s gifts from the ground, and we shape those gifts into useful tools. Once again we resort to the fossils to give us the power to do the shaping. As we get greedier for the fossils we go further to find them and, in an ironic twist, have returned to the sea to find more from the ocean dept

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