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People try out different lifestyles.

A feature-length documentary that follows a community in Australia who came together to explore and demonstrate a simpler way to live in response to global crises.

Directed by

Jordan Osmond

Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)

Samuel Alexander
Jordan Osmond
Antoinette Wilson

Cinematography by

Jordan Osmond

Film Editing by

Richard Sidey
Aliscia Young


A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity is a feature-length documentary that follows a community in Australia who came together to explore and demonstrate a simpler way to live in response to global crises.

Throughout the year the group build tiny houses, plant veggie gardens, practice simple living, and discover the challenges of living in community.

The film features interviews with David Holmgren (co-originator of permaculture), Nicole Foss (The Automatic Earth), Helena Norberg-Hodge (Local Futures), Ted Trainer (Simplicity Institute), and many more.

A feature-length documentary directed by Jordan Osmond and Samuel Alexander, A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity takes us to Gippsland, Australia, where residents have fully embraced the notion of a simpler existence far from the maddening crowds and stress-inducing cityscapes.

Part of a 12-month experiment known as The Simpler Way Project, the inhabitants of this community all share a common commitment to social change and environmental preservation.

What does it mean to live simply?

For this diverse group of conscientious citizens, it means that you reconnect to the natural world, conserve your resources, and peel back the extravagances, economic shackles and unsustainable definitions of success in the modern industrialized world.

In their tiny homes hand-crafted from largely recycled materials, they seek the purity that comes from a return to the basics.

Many people believe that you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone, but this community has discovered that the exact opposite is true.

Gone are the conveniences and accessories of present-day civilization – electricity, cell phones, and internet access – and in its place is the truest form of a social network.

Some have left drudging 40-hour work weeks spent in the service of large and faceless corporations.

In their new reality, they find everything they need in the natural world that surrounds them in every direction and through the support they find in their fellow co-inhabitants.

Their cause is grounded in more than just a desire for personal growth and experience.

They see the ills of a dying planet and an overly stressed population.

From their perspective, the next evolution of the human species will only be made possible by going back to the fundamentals.

Green energy, farming and artisan craft making each play a major role in realizing this potential.

A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity follows each step of this fascinating year-long journey, and it’s clear that every challenge faced by this close-knit community has opened a door to revelation.

Upon the completion of this project, each of them will take these lessons of simple living back home with them and create a lasting change that reverberates to others.


A community comes together to explore a simpler way to live in response to global crises.








Release Date:

3 June 2016 (Australia) See more »

Box Office


AUD 11,260 (estimated)

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Production Co:

Happen Films See more »

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Related Links:

A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity | Facebook

Books by Ted Trainer:

  • Trainer, F.E. 2010. The transition: getting to a sustainable and just world. Sydney: Environbooks.
  • Trainer, F.E. 2007. Renewable Energy Cannot Sustain a Consumer Society. Springer.
  • Trainer, F.E. 2001. We must move to the simpler way: an outline of the global situation, the sustainable alternative society, and the transition to it. Burton, S.A.: Critical Times Publishing.
  • Trainer, F.E. 1998. Saving the Environment: What It Will Take. New South Wales University Press.
  • Trainer, F.E. 1995. Towards a sustainable economy. Sydney: Environbooks.
  • Trainer, F.E. 1995. The Conserver Society: alternatives for sustainability.[10]. London: Zed.
  • Trainer, F.E. 1991. The Nature of Morality: An Introduction to the Subjectivist Perspective. Aldershot: Avebury Press.
  • Trainer, F.E. 1989. Developed to Death: Rethinking Third World Development. Devon: GreenPrint.
  • Trainer, F.E. 1985. Abandon Affluence!. London: Zed.
  • Trainer, F.E. 1984. Third world development. Series: Critical social issues. School of Education, University of New South Wales
  • Trainer, F.E. 1982. Dimensions of moral thought. Sydney: New South Wales University Press.

Kinostart: 12.01.2017

Die Dokumentation Wild Plants erforscht meditativ die Entfernung des Menschen von den Pflanzen. Nicolas Humbert spricht mit Aktivisten, die auch in Städten versuchen, eine Rückkehr zur Natur zu erwirken.
Wild Plants, also wilde Gewächse, sind in Großstädten kaum noch anzutreffen. Beton und Glas dominieren das Lebensbild des Städters und die Natur ist für die meisten Männer und Frauen der Konsumgesellschaft nur noch ein Ausflugsziel am Wochenende.

Dokumentarfilmer Nicolas Humbert besucht in Wild Plants Menschen in Europa und Amerika, die sich für die Natur und für eine Rückkehr zu unseren Wurzeln engagieren – auch in großen Metropolen. Er spricht mit Leuten, die glauben, dass die Entfernung von grünen Pflanzen die Spiritualität des Menschen stört und dass ein Umgang mit ihnen ein Grundbedürfnis für ein erfülltes Leben ist. Insbesondere das „Urban Gardening“, also die Gartenpflege in der Stadt, und andere außergewöhnliche Landwirtschaftsprojekte nimmt Humbert dabei in den Fokus, um zu zeigen, dass auch in der Moderne ein Dasein im Einklang mit der Natur möglich ist. (ES)

Nicolas Humbert is a German film director of documentary films, born in 1958.

His first films, made in super 8, show a large influence of surrealism and French. He founded the production house CineNomad in 1987, with his friend Werner Penzel. All they coréalisent several documentaries, not to cross the Border on the guitarist Fred Frith Middle of the Moment.


  • Nebel Jagen (1983-1984)
  • Wolfsgrub (1985-1986)
  • Lani und die Seinen (1988-1989)
  • Step Across the Border (1987-1990)
  • Middle of the Moment (1990-1995)
  • Null Sonne. No Point (1997)
  • Vagabonding Images (1996-1998)
  • Why Should I Buy a Bed When All That I Want Is Sleep (1999)
  • Three Windows (1993-1999)
  • Not like before (2004)
  • Brother Yusef (2005)
  • Lucie et Maintenant (2007)
  • Wonderland (2009)
  • I’m a Crow (2009)
  • Wanted! Hanns Eisler (2012)
  • Wild Plants (2016)