Review | Explore Rottnest Island, the Kingdom of the Quokka

Rottnest Island Kingdom of the Quokka | The Backlot | Aug 10 – 31 | ★ ★ ★ ★ 

The mysterious quokka, dubbed the happiest animal on earth, is the biggest star of this unique wildlife film. More than a selfie celebrity, the famous marsupial is incredibly tough, with this film revealing the adaptations it has made to survive in the incredibly harsh environment of our favourite holiday island.

The film also explores the animals of the surrounding islands and marine wonderland; the Little Penguins from Penguin Island, the venomous tiger snakes of Carnac Island as well as humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins and the incredibly rare Australian sea lion. For the first time, the animals of Rottnest, Penguin and Carnac Islands and their incredible marine environment are filmed in cinema-quality 4K video, including slow-motion, starlight and infra-red cameras, and 4K drones to capture hunting, foraging and social behaviour on these islands off the far west coast.

The life cycle of the quokka colony on Rottnest Island is fascinating but times are tough. The quokka population is maxing out and food is running low. There is very little, if no fresh water and the constant harassment by males quokkas is taking its physical toll on the females. Add to that extreme heat and the pressure on these small marsupials is incredible.

Narrated by Logie award winning actor, William McInnes and written and directed by Leighton De Barros and Jonathon Rowdon from WA’s Sea Dog TV International, Rottnest Island Kingdom of the Quokka will instill wonderment, admiration and respect for our natural environment for audiences both in Australia and across the globe.

Rottnest Island Kingdom of the Quokka screens for a short season at The Backlot Perth on 10-17 August and 24-31 August. Tickets are available here and a book and DVD of Rottnest Island Kingdom of the Quokka is also available for purchase at the screenings and online from

Rottnest Island Kingdom of the Quokka Trailer from Sea Dog TV International on Vimeo.

Lezly Herbert