Smart phones, the net and social media are sounding the death knell to our bush literary classics. Today’s youth is time poor and reading “old stuff” is not on their radar. The early bush yarns are dying and taking a part of “the Australian character” with them. Bush Lit Productions is hopeful that some of these well-loved stories, converted to the moving image, may entice this lost audience to seek out the humour of Henry Lawson, the excitement of Banjo Paterson, the strength of Barbara Baynton and the earthy characters of Tom Collins and recognise that their stories, with many others, were the building blocks of the Australian character. Bush Lit’s interest is to build from an amateur base to a professional production, films of this evolving Australia; keeping the campfire burning, shining light on the stockman, the squatter, the drover, the swaggie, the resilient outback women, the lost children, the trackers and the first peoples. All these stories of hope and terror, humour and despair deal with the challenges and opportunities that built this nation. They provide an important part of the developing story of who we are as Australians. Will we lose them? Time will tell.