The Leftovers

Environment, Short Film, Food
Kerstin Ãœbelacker, Michael Cavanaugh
28 minutes


Join us on this dumpster diver adventure with long term devotes Paul and Mykel as your tour guides on their waste fuelled journey 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 Ãœbelacker

Kerstin Ãœbelacker got in touch with the underground culture dumpster divers in her first documentary Grow Your Resistance! She aims to use the documentary genre to explore individuals motives for engaging in something much bigger than themselves. In 2006 she spend a year working as assistant to producer/director Peter Hegedus in Brisbane, Australia.

Michael Cavanagh

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.


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