'Burning,' Nov. 29, Amazon Prime

NEW YORK (CNS) -- In the Australian brush fires of 2019-20, during what became known as "Black Summer," 54 million acres of land were destroyed.

As the film "Burning" documents, that's almost 50 million more than were decimated in the devastating California wildfires of the latter year.

An urgent call to action to address global warming, the 90-minute movie premieres Monday, Nov. 29, on Amazon Prime.

Occasional off-color language makes the show unsuitable for young kids. So, too, do its potentially unsettling visuals of mass destruction. Yet the film's potential to educate teens on a vital contemporary topic may sway parents to deem it acceptable for them.

Melbourne native Eva Orner, one of the producers of "Taxi to the Dark Side," which won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary, served in the same capacity behind the scenes of "Burning." She directed the newer film as well.

Images of news reports and a student-led protest as well as footage of the raging fires open the program. These sights warn viewers of a "new normal" in which such conflagrations are common. "It all comes down to climate change," as one reporter says.

The story of how this catastrophe came to be, observes the nation's former climate commissioner, Tim Flannery, "doesn't make any sense until you understand what Australia is really like."