We’re back in Iquitos, Peru, filming another episode of the ‘Spirit of Freedom’ series, which follows the work of Animal Defenders International, a UK-based animal rights charity which has worked with the Peruvian government to ban the use of wild animals in circuses. The series, which we’ve been filming since April 2014, follows the team as they seize animals from circuses and find new homes for them. The numbers are rising all the time as lions, monkeys, bears and even tortoises come to light. Some of the monkeys seem keen on following a career in the media.
We’re filming at Petworth House in Sussex today, on the first day of a new film for the National Trust, who have decided it’s time to shake up their approach to interpretation; less talking heads and heavy history, more creativity and imagination. We’re developing an anarchic little film which will bring the place to life, called ‘Petworth; Packed with Personality’, it’ll be a cross between Monty Python and Night at the Museum – hopefully it’ll breath some life into the place. Watch this space!
Lion Ark – our award winning documentary about the rescue of 25 lions from Bolivian circuses by ADI – now has an exclusive worldwide distribution deal for television with ITV Studios Global Entertainment. We provided crew, equipment, data management and editing services to the film, which was made by Animal Defenders International. We hope this will take Lion Ark to the biggest worldwide audience possible and beyond traditional independent documentary outlets! Lion Ark will be showcased by ITV Studios Global Entertainment to TV buyers at MIPCOM in Cannes next week. The films is currently in movie theaters in Bolivia and opens next month in the UK, with more theatrical distribution to be announced.
We’re filming in Africa this week, shooting a documentary for UNESCO-IHE and the WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature) about Kenya’s Mara River and the pressure on shared water resources. Working with a team of Kenyan and Dutch professionals – amazing landscapes, great people and phenomenal skies.
We’re in Palestine this week, continuing our work with UNESCO-IHE on a film about global water resources, conservation and education. We’re filming at Birzeit University outside Ramallah, where Palestine’s leading water engineers are teaching future generations about the importance of water conservation. Inspiring people, doing all that they can, but a frustrating and sad situation.
Our film about Norway’s ice music festival is a finalist in the 2013 Banff Mountain Film Festival. Something of a personal triumph for me as I saw the Banff festival tour about 10 years ago in a tiny cinema in Fernie, deep in the Canadian rockies, and was so impressed by the quality of the films and the audience that I’ve always wanted to be part of the festival.