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The Leftovers

About the film
About the directors

Join us on this dumpster diver adventure down the east coast of Australia! With no money, no food, driving only on vegetable fuel they plan to drive 2000 km in 7 days living on nothing but societies waste.

Along on the trip they bring with them Nick from Scotland who’s in for the thrill, Sofia an international student from Sweden who wants to see more of Australia and Krystal who just wants to get out of Brisbane. The three new apprentices have never been dumpster diving before and they have no idea what to expect.

For the least experienced of the team, will their first adrenalin-pumping dive into dumpster living be remembered as the dawn of a new age or the holiday from hell? Far from the basic comforts of home, faced with the uncertainty of not knowing when and where their next meal will come from, they can only hope for fun times ahead.

Kerstin Übelacker has a masters degree in film from Gothenburg University, with a focus on documentary and transmedia storytelling. Between 2008 and 2012, Kerstin worked as a producer for the Scandinavian documentary screening network Doc Lounge, which she built up from one venue to span across 14 cities in 4 different countries. She has directed and produced the full-length transmedia documentary Ghost Rockets, broadcasted on SVT, NRK and DR. In 2015 Kerstin attended Eurodoc and she has been a board member of Filmcentrum Syd and OFF (Independent Filmmakers Association) in Sweden. Between 2014-2016 Kerstin worked as a producer at Momento Film in Stockholm. Now she works as a producer at WG Film.

Michael Cavanagh has been working in the activist video genre for the last five years and has a long and ongoing relationship with the dumpster diving community across Australia. He now aims to connect to a broader audience using humour, art, drama and narrative to convey issues he believes in passionately.


Production info

Title: The Leftovers

Genre: Documentary

Production year: 2008

Length: 28 min


Directors: Michael Cavanagh, Kerstin Übelacker

Producers: Margarete Jangård, Fredrik Gertten

Executive Producer: Fredrik Gertten

Editor: Ulf Södergren

With support from: Sparbanksstiftelsen & Film i Skåne


Tempo Dokumentärfestival Stockholm, Sweden 2009

BUFF Film Festival Malmö, Sweden 2009

Skånska filmdagarna Malmö, Sweden 2009

Atlanta Film Festival, Atlanta, USA 2009

NORDOX – Nordic Documentary Film Festival, Beijing, China 2009

CinemAmbiente Environmental Film Festival, Turin, Italy 2009