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National Film and Television School Applcations are OPEN!

Applications have reopened for the next intake for the NFTS Directing & Producing Science and Natural History MA in January 2023.

First established in 1971, the National Film and Television School (NFTS) has evolved to become a leading global institution, developing some of Britain and the world’s top creative talent. It is widely acknowledged to be the top school of its kind in the UK and one of the best internationally.

Directing and Producing Science and Natural History MA

The NFTS runs the only MA course of its kind in the UK, designed to fast track you into the industry. Run in partnership with BBC Studios, the course aims to give students the skills and expertise needed to direct science and wildlife productions, the know-how to produce and direct entire shows and the ability, confidence and knowledge to generate and pitch ideas and formats to commissioning editors.

The course includes masterclasses from industry experts, including the world-renowned BBC Natural History Unit, and work experience is available at major wildlife production companies. Our graduates have the opportunity to build a brilliant list of industry contacts and relevant skills for a career as a Producer/Director. More here ...

Applications will close on 5th May.

Apply today, here: nfts.co.uk/directing-and-producing-science-and-natural-history


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Enter the inaugural Pridelands Wildlife Film Fest ... the first of its kind event in East, Central, North and West Africa ... Extended Deadline 27th of January!

PWFF is three days of non-stop celebration of Africa’s beauty and powerful natural world.

The three-day event will host the world’s best natural history filmmakers in the heart of various wild and raw Kenyan locations to produce, celebrate and explore opportunities for collaboration with some of East Africa’s rising stars.

PWFF’s objective is to showcase stories that promote awareness, knowledge and an understanding of science, wildlife, and the humans that impact our world every day. The festival champions local wildlife filmmakers and inspires a new generation to challenge conventional expectations about how we conserve wildlife and habitat.

Filmmakers can expect lively Q&A’s after every screening, engaging daytime programming including panels, show cases, and networking opportunities with top-notch filmmakers, fresh media makers, conservationists and scientists working on the protection and preservation of African wildlife and wild spaces. PWFF’s collaborative spirit offers opportunities for many national and international conservation partners to be involved in post-film screening discussions and field trips around magical Kenya.


  • Short film
  • Feature length
  • Indigenous African Filmmakers

Find out more and enter here: filmfreeway.com/PridelandsWildlifeFilmFest
Website: pwff.africa
Socials: instagram.com/pwffest & facebook.com/PWFF2022


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How to watch The Green Planet

Without trees and flowers, there is no life. The Green Planet, a new BBC series presented by Sir David Attenborough, takes us behind the branches and into the undergrowth.

The Green Planet is due to air in early January 2022, with the first episode ‘Tropical Worlds’ airing on Sunday 9th January at 7pm on BBC One. All episodes will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer after they have aired.

Attenborough recently presented two other programmes which aired in late December 2021 and early January 2022: Attenborough and The Mammoth Graveyard and Attenborough’s Wonder of Song.

There will be five episodes in The Green Planet ... Episode One: Tropical Worlds:

The greatest trees of the rainforest rise above the canopy, monarchs of all they survey and favoured targets of the sunlight. When a giant tree falls, it’s disaster for the fallen tree (albeit one that comes at the end of a long life) but it is the opportunity of a lifetime for many other species that seek to fill the space. With the wet warmth of the rainforest, a giant’s fall sparks a detonation of new life.

Read more on episodes: discoverwildlife.com/news/how-to-watch-the-green-planet

The Green Planet | Trailer - BBC

Programme page: bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0013cl7


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Edward O. Wilson, Harvard naturalist often cited as heir to Darwin, dies at 92

Edward O. Wilson, a Harvard naturalist whose mapping of social behavior in ants led him to study social behavior in all organisms and who became one of the greatest naturalists of his generation, died Dec. 26 in Burlington, Mass. He was 92.

The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation announced his death but did not provide a cause.

Often cited as Charles Darwin’s greatest 20th-century heir, Dr. Wilson was an eloquent and immensely influential environmentalist and was the first to determine that ants communicate mainly through the exchange of chemical substances now known as pheromones.

He discovered hundreds of new species by putting his hands in the dirt as a field biologist, synthesized evolving thinking in science and helped popularize terms such as biodiversity and biophilia to explain it. Of his many accomplishments in evolutionary biology, his biggest contribution was probably in the new scientific field of sociobiology, in which he addressed the biological basis of social behavior in animals, including humans.

Read more: washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/2021/12/27/013b4bd2-6700-11ec-a76b-374aeb82e811_story.html


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BBC Winterwatch 2022 - start date and who the presenters are ...

It's that time of year again when BBC's Winterwatch is back on our television screens.

Winterwatch will return to BBC Two from Tuesday, January 18, for two weeks of wildlife discoveries.

From spotting stoats and pine martens in Norfolk to seeking out the UK’s rarest owl species, the annual show takes viewers into some of the nation's most rugged habitats.

Winterwatch tracks changes in nature throughout the year - the first part of the Watches in 2022.

But there are some changes to this year's show with one familiar face not making her usual Winterwatch appearance.

Read more: times-series.co.uk/news/national/uk-today/19789570.bbc-winterwatch-returns-presenters

Visit the website: bbc.co.uk/programmes/p012msk2


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Green Screen – Call For Entries 2022

ENTRIES welcome now for the 16th edition of the GREEN SCREEN FESTIVAL!

42,000 € Prize money are waiting for the best wildlife films of the year.

Entry form, regulations and the description: greenscreen-festival.de/en/professional

There is an Earlybird Discount of 25% off the total entry fees for film submissions completed before January 31th, 2022.

Submission deadline: March 15th, 2022

GS Trailer2022 save the date


For more information about the festival: greenscreen-festival.de/en

Questions? Contact: film@greenscreen-festival.de


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Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2022 is open for entries

Each year we organise a film competition in which filmmakers from anywhere in the world can participate. WFFR welcomes (independent) filmmakers, production companies, distributors or broadcasters to submit their latest film(s). This year WFFR will be held from 4th – 9th October 2022. The submission deadline is 15th April 2022.

WFFR focuses on the screening of wildlife, conservation and environmental films & documentaries to demonstrate the beauty of nature and to raise awareness about the collective responsibility we have to maintain it.

WFFR is also a meeting place for the wildlife film industry in The Netherlands. We are known for a friendly and informal atmosphere where all our guests feel at home. Here you can catch-up with other film professionals, participate in daily talks/q&a’s and meet the Dutch audience.

The festival program offers 120+ public screenings and events at Cinerama Movie Theatre that is located downtown Rotterdam. WFFR also takes place online from 3 – 31 October 2022 (geoblocked for The Netherlands only).

In 2022 WFFR will recognise outstanding achievements in eleven Flamingo Award categories. All our winners will be announcement and celebrated during the Flamingo Award Ceremony on 8 October 2022 in Rotterdam.

You can submit your film here: filmfreeway.com/WildlifeFilmFestivalRotterdam.

Agenda for 2022

Submission deadline: 15 April 2022
Announcement of Finalists: 15 Juli 2022
Announcement of Festival Program (Time-table): 1 September 2022
WFFR Industry Day: 8 October 2022
Announcement of Winners (during Flamingo Award Ceremony): 8 October 2022

Festival dates 2022:

Rotterdam: 4 – 9 October 2022
Online: 3 – 31 October 2022

Visit: wffr.nl/submissions-2022


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World Wildlife Day Film Showcase to highlight efforts to conserve endangered species and ecosystems

Geneva/New York/Jackson Hole, 17 November 2021 – The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Jackson Wild, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced today that they will organize an international film showcase on the occasion of the 2022 celebration of the United Nations World Wildlife Day.

This marks the seventh edition of the World Wildlife Day Film Showcase. Along the celebration’s theme of "Recovering key species for ecosystem restoration", organizers will seek to highlight films that explore the threats to wild fauna and flora, their central importance for their habitats and ecosystems and for the communities who live near them, and the numerous initiatives to conserve them.

Participating films will be shown throughout 2022 and will help raise awareness of the status of the world’s most vulnerable species but also showcase the power of long-term and innovative conservation efforts.

CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero said: "Some 38,000 species are considered to be under threat in international trade and, without them, the habitats and ecosystems they sustain would likely be at great risk themselves. Though this should alarm us, it is also essential that we remember that we have the power to change course. Conservation efforts have and can continue to bring back endangered species of wild fauna and flora from the brink. We believe that films participating in this year’s World Wildlife Day Film Showcase will greatly help us raise awareness of the urgent need to address these threats and help us spread an important message of hope."

Lisa Samford, Executive Director of Jackson Wild said: "As we confront the threats of accelerating climate change impact widespread and global biodiversity collapse, the role of local stories that directly connect us with nature and the species who share our beautiful and resilient planet has never been more important. It is crucial that we work together now to transform and protect our planet’s natural systems in regenerative and sustainable ways."

Timeline and planned activities

The call for entry will close on 7 January and finalists will be announced in mid-February 2022. Winners will be presented at a high-level online celebration of UN World Wildlife Day on 3 March 2022. The films will then be made available for free, on an educational online streaming mechanism throughout the world.

Award Categories and Descriptions:

  • Species in Crisis (Long Form and Short Form): Awarded to the film that most effectively explores current challenges and communicates solutions to the environmental, social-economic and sustainability issues facing endangered species of wild fauna and flora, their habitats and ecosystems.
  • The Web of Life (Long Form and Short Form): Awarded to the film that most effectively showcases the rich diversity and complex behavior of one or more endangered species, how these species affect their ecosystems and the chain of ecological issues that will occur if the species is lost.
  • Stories of Hope (Long Form and Short Form): Awarded to the film that most effectively celebrates the work of local and indigenous individuals or groups committed to raising awareness or involved in the conservation, and/or sustainable management of endangered species of wild fauna and flora and their ecosystems, and how these communities are working to save species from extinction.
  • People & Endangered Species (Long Form and Short Form): Awarded to the film that best communicates humanity’s social, cultural, economic and/or environmental interdependence with endangered species and what may be lost if the species goes extinct.
  • Micro Movie: Awarded to the best film focused on endangered species 5 minutes in run time or less.

Additional Award Categories may be added prior to the finalist announcement to honor as many worthy films as possible.

Call for Entry Trailer - 2022 World Wildlife Day Film Showcase

Submission Guidelines:

There is no entry fee for submission. Films must have been completed after January 1st, 2019 and must prominently feature an endangered species as defined by the IUCN Red List. Entrants must identify qualifying species on the entry form. A streaming link to the full film must be made available for free, educational, online streaming either freely or by request as part of the 2022 World Wildlife Film Showcase: Endangered Species hosted by Jackson Wild on the Eventive Platform. Submissions in all languages are welcomed. Programs in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for presentation to the judges and for streaming as part of the World Wildlife Day Film Showcase. Eligible entries must complete an online submission form via www.jacksonwild.org.


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Save the date for the 20th Matsalu Nature Film Festival and Enter your Films!

We invite all wildlife filmmakers and nature lovers to take part in the 20th jubilee edition of the Matsalu Nature Film Festival which will take place from September 21st - October 2nd, 2022!

The Matsalu Nature Film Festival, usually called MAFF, is an annual nature film event held every September in Lihula, Estonia. Founded in 2003, the festival has been named after the nearby Matsalu National Park, which is one of the largest bird sanctuaries in Europe.

MAFF promotes nature-oriented and sustainable ways of life and respect for the nature-connected traditions of indigenous people. It showcases a variety of new international documentaries about wildlife, conservation and the environment that inspire, inform and ignite change. 

Traditionally, MAFF also features various nature photography exhibitions and photo presentations, special screenings, activities and workshops for schoolchildren as well as roundtable discussions on different nature-related topics and other cultural events.

In the second week of the festival, MAFF travels out of Lihula and a selection of films are shown all over Estonia.

The call for entries is open from December 1st, 2021 to May 1st, 2022 via FilmFreeway.

Come and enjoy the festival and the nature of Matsalu National Park!

Visit: matsalufilm.ee/en


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Big American Conservation Film Festival News & Big Screens!

Well, what a long, strange trip these last 22 months have been. We hope this email finds you in good health and strong spirits. Though the pandemic has profoundly affected how we carry out our mission of sharing the most exceptional conservation-focused films, we continue to adapt. ACFF is alive and well and we are very grateful for your continued interest and support. (See our 2021 list of events and accomplishments»)

We have some exciting announcements to share with you for the upcoming year! Due to continuing restrictions on venue availability, we’ve been forced to make some changes for 2022, but we really wanted to have some opportunities to gather in person, see your faces, hear your thoughts. So….check out these upcoming events:

ACFF BIG Screen Series - Winter 

On Saturday, February 26, please join us at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, Maryland, for a Festival 2022 Preview Night as part of our ACFF Big Screen Series. We’ll be showing three crowd-pleasing films from our spring festival, in person and on the BIG SCREEN! Adults $12 / Students & Seniors $6

Tickets and more info: weinbergcenter.org/shows/acff-best-of-the-fest-2022


On Friday, April 22 – EARTH DAY! – we’ll launch our 2022 Online Festival showing 22 films over five days, concluding on April 26

ACFF BIG Screen Series - Spring

On Saturday, April 30, we’ll head back to the Weinberg to screen five festival films and enjoy conversation and festiveness in another of our ACFF Big Screen Series. Films will be shown in three blocks Tickets per block: Adults $12 / Students & Seniors $6 Tickets for all three blocks: Adults $30 / Students & Seniors $15

Tickets and more info: weinbergcenter.org/shows/acff-big-screen-series-spring

Support Our 19th Year!

Our film selection committees have been watching and reviewing films for the last six months, and we are thrilled to announce our line-up for the 2022 Festival. We'll be sharing trailers and more in January.

We depend on you to keep “showing up” – whether that’s tuning in online, attending in person, or making a donation to demonstrate your support of what we do.  

Going into our 19th year, ACFF is one of the oldest and most respected environmental film festivals in the country. PLEASE HELP US to keep sharing these important stories, supporting their filmmakers, and educating and inspiring people of all ages and interests.  We hope you’ll consider a donation today.

Visit: conservationfilmfest.org


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Chris Packham - Why You Should Support Veganuary

Chris Packham explains how by supporting Veganuary, you're helping to battle the effects of climate change.

Chris Packham - Why You Should Support Veganuary

Donate to Veganuary here: veganuary.com/donate
Sign up to Veganuary here: veganuary.com/try-vegan


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Chris Packham on Fox Hunting ... It HAS to stop!

Chris Packham continues his tireless efforts to address crimes against wildlife. He says:

"Fox hunting must be stopped. Please steel yourselves and watch these clips, please pass them on, and please join me in working to end this vile savagery wrought upon our wildlife."

North London Hunt Sabs have filmed a terrier man for the East Essex Hunt, trapping and torturing a fox with a pitchfork.

Hunt Terrier Man Tortures Fox With Pitchfork

Visit: huntsabs.org.uk/hunt-terrier-man-tortures-fox-with-pitchfork

‘Trail hunting’ has continued to be used as a smokescreen by hunts across the UK to coverup their barbaric activities and continue to illegally hunt wild foxes.

Since fox hunting became illegal in 2004 there has been endless evidence that hunts have no desire to abide by the law. With thousands of foxes still being murdered, the use of terrier men, hounds clearly not following a scent and causing harm (and death) to domestic animals, and the shocking exposé of senior huntsman Mark Hankinson declaring on a webinar that trail hunting is in fact a ‘smokescreen’.

This year the National Trust made the historic decision to ban so-called ‘trail hunts’ from their land and Keep The Ban is now pushing to ensure all other landowners follow suit.

A Trail of Lies - narrated by Chris Packham

SIGN the petition - keeptheban.uk/petition

Because of his activism, Chris continues to be targetted by trolls and other forms of abuse, online and otherwise.

He says: "Trolling destroys homes, careers, reputations and lives. Cowards that generate hate, hiding behind anonymous accounts is something that MUST end."

Wildlife-film.com fully support Chris and we appreciate all that he does as an activist trying to help the natural world.


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"Performing authenticity: The making-of documentary in wildlife film's blue-chip renaissance" by Eleanor Louson


  1. Making-of documentaries (MODs) for recent blue-chip wildlife films are prominently featured as trailers, bonus features on DVD releases and websites, and televised segments within wildlife broadcasts.
  2. Prior research shows how MODs within mainstream cinema promote certain filmmakers as auteurs and as exceptional creative professionals. Earlier wildlife film MODs demonstrated filmmakers' mastery of nature and a licence to offer scientific knowledge, as well as many staging practices employed in wildlife filmmaking; this content moved to MODs as nature grew more pristine in wildlife films' main programming.
  3. Recent wildlife film MODs still celebrate filmmakers' professionalism and emphasize the remoteness of film locations, filmmakers' exceptional practical skills and scientific expertise under harsh conditions, and the technologies responsible for spectacular visuals. In the MOD for Chimpanzee (2012), these features work together to portray this wildlife species as challenging to locate and film in nature, accessible only by filmmakers with the right skills and technologies.
  4. I argue that current blue-chip wildlife MODs are a performance of authentic, non-interventionist filmmaking. Recent MODs increase viewers' behind-the-scenes access to filming conditions but have not disclosed certain staging practices such as the use of composite animal characters.
  5. Despite their prominence as marketing and peripheral material, MODs remain segregated from wildlife films' main programming. They contribute to a blue-chip construction of nature as pristine and not inclusive of human beings, even though their expeditionary narratives show more complex human–nature interactions.

Read more: besjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/pan3.10281


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Gandhada Gudi teaser: Puneeth Rajkumar’s wildlife documentary is a visual treat

Gandhada Gudi was one of the various other projects that Puneeth Rajkumar was working on to cater to a wider audience outside his home state Karnataka. The film will be released in cinemas next year.

The teaser of the upcoming nature documentary starring late film icon Puneeth Rajkumar was released on Monday, coinciding with the birth anniversary of the actor’s mother Parvathamma Rajkumar. Billed as Puneeth’s dream project, the teaser promises a visual treat.

The documentary explores Karnataka’s jungles, picturesque beaches and underwater world. This documentary has been in the making for a long time as Puneeth teamed up with well-known wildlife filmmaker Amoghavarsha JS to take the walk through the woods of Karnataka. And the documentary is aptly titled Gandhada Gudi, which means the temple of sandalwoods. It was also the title of late acting legend Dr Rajkumar’s 1973 blockbuster, which was based on the importance of protecting the sanctity and the wealth of Karnataka’s jungles.

Gandhada Gudi - Teaser | Puneeth Rajkumar | Amoghavarsha | Ajaneesh | PRK Productions | Mudskipper

Read more: indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/regional/gandhada-gudi-teaser-puneeth-rajkumar-wildlife-documentary-7658368


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Theresa Baumgartner Presents: Seaphony

Theresa Baumgartner and field recordist Chris Watson submerge us in the sounds of oceanic noise pollution.

For Seaphony, artist Theresa Baumgartner reunites with David Attenborough field recordist, sound designer and Cabaret Voltaire founder Chris Watson to create an immersive, audiovisual representation of the alien soundscapes of the ocean floor. “Chris was approached by Oceans 21, an NGO trying to raise awareness about noise pollution in the oceans, which is a huge problem that kills sea creatures,” explains Baumgartner. “Ship traffic, oil drilling, military radar are all really stressful for the animals because after about 100 meters down into the ocean there’s complete darkness, hearing is the main form of communication.” During an expedition to record blue whales in the Sea of Cortez in Baja, California, Watson and fellow field recorder Tony Myatt captured a stunning collection of recordings of not only marine life, but the rupture of these natural environments by human hands. Describing earth’s oceans as “the largest and most sonorous habitat on our planet,” Watson stitches together the recordings captured with Myatt into an hour-long audio piece, simulating the sounds of the deep.

Theresa Baumgartner Presents: Seaphony

Read more: factmag.com/2021/12/09/__trashed


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New at the NHFU ... interview by Hannah Gormley

In this blog, I interview Seetsele Nthomiwa, our newest camera operator here at the NHFU. Seetsele has been working with us for nearly a year now, working in the field to bring us the kind of remarkable footage that the NHFU is renowned for. As with all of our camera operators, it’s been a big adjustment, but that’s the exciting part! On top of being a wildlife videographer, Seetsele also oversees our community engagement project. Anyway, more on that later, and over to him!

So Seetslee, tell me why you wanted to get into wildlife filmmaking?

I grew up watching National Geographic religiously - given the opportunity I would watch all the shows from dawn to dusk, and before we had had access to Nat Geo I would watch the VHS tapes my mother bought for my siblings and I. The Savage Season film is one I particularly remember, and still own. I remember being in awe as they showed the majestic animals on screen. Striding in perfection. The true wild. Kill or be killed. Savage season is one of the first documentaries I loved and it still remains up there as my favourite documentary. Another of my favourites, was Africa by David Attenborough - that docu-series somehow made me feel so proud to be African. Africa has a rich wildlife biodiversity that is coupled with breath-taking landscapes and scenery.

In highschool, I joined a club called Cheetah conservation society which sought out to protect the timid cat in our country, so when I went to varsity (UB), I immediately joined a conservation club called UBWECS (University of Botswana Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Society). By far, joining the UBWECS club was the thing that happened to me. It fuelled and properly cultivated the love I had for wildlife. We travelled the country volunteering to do maintenance in and around protected areas and that afforded us to have encounters with the various wildlife. We learned about the environment and we saw first-hand the magnificent wildlife found in my country. Coupled with the fact that I was studying Media studies, which had film as one of its modules, and I really wanted to do film, it seemed like a no-brainer. Upon completing my studies I had long made up my mind regarding the career I was going to pursue.

After graduating from UB I went about looking for a way of joining the natural history industry. In my inquiries, I was directed to Dr. Flyman who worked at the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation, and Tourism in Gaborone. After having an interesting and lengthy conversation with him he recommended that I try my luck with the NHFU as it is, in his opinion, the best place to gain experience and proper mentorship. And he was right.

Read more here: naturalhistoryfilmunit.com/post/new-at-the-nhfu


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WaterBear bolsters leadership team on first anniversary of launch

As the WaterBear Network celebrates its first anniversary on Wednesday (Dec. 1), the streaming platform announced it’s expanding its executive leadership team with three roles, while founder Ellen Windemuth transitions from joint CEO of Off the Fence and WaterBear to full-time CEO of WaterBear.

As of Wednesday, Sam Sutaria will take on the role of VP, strategy and development for WaterBear, while Poppy Mason-Watts has been appointed to VP, marketing and communications, and Louis Botha will fill the role of VP, finance and operations.

Since launching in December 2020, the free streaming platform boasts having expanded to reach 194 countries, built a network of more than 140 NGOs and brand partners, provided access to its members for more than 300 campaigns, produced more than 50 original productions and curated more than 1,000 documentaries.

“We are excited by the fantastic response to WaterBear in our first year,” Windemuth said in a statement. “With our global roll-out and the launch of WaterBear on Apple TV and Roku, we deliver our impact content to an ever growing audience. For our brand partners and our partner NGOs, the WaterBear platform now provides a window to an authentic base of value-led consumers.

“This expansion requires a strong and ambitious leadership team. In Sam, Poppy, and Louis we have the expertise, talent, dedication and ambition required to move the Network to its next level.”

From: realscreen.com/2021/12/01/waterbear-bolsters-leadership-team-on-first-anniversary-of-launch


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The chance discovery that uncovered a mammoth graveyard in Swindon and inspired the new Attenborough show

The presenter and researcher of the new BBC show, Prof Ben Garrod, tells us more about this fascinating find.

Sir David Attenborough’s new show investigates the surprising discovery of a heard of mammoths in Swindon, at a site that was once the riverbed of the Thames. The fossils appear to be hundreds of thousands of years old, making them a very rare find. Attenborough is joined by Prof Ben Garrod and a team of archaeologists on the show, which you can watch on BBC One, Thursday, 30 December, 2021 at 8pm.

Didn’t the whole story start with a chance discovery by amateurs?

Back in 2017 Sally and Neville Hollingworth, who are amateur fossil hunters, came to a talk that I did. Not long afterwards they got in touch asking if they could send me some photos of a discovery they’d made. Long story short, they sent me some photos of Sally lying next to a mammoth tusk.

So I asked them, “Are you in Siberia?”And they said, “No, Swindon.” That wasn’t the answer I expected. I said quickly that I shouldn’t really know about this because, obviously, whoever’s in charge academically would have a fit. But they told me that no one knew it was there; it was just in a quarry, and they asked me if I wanted to be involved. I took the reins and helped put a team together with Lisa Westcott Wilkins from DigVentures and bunch of academics from institutes around the UK.

How did Sir David Attenborough become involved?

I showed him a series of photos when we were at a conference together and it wasn’t hard to hook him on such an amazing project. For me, to work with David on such a big project was always going to be amazing, but what is most lovely about this project is that it showcases the science.

We don’t do that enough in media, unfortunately. It’s often just the end product that’s shown. This shows the process going on behind the scenes, like those 10-minute ‘How we filmed…’ shorts at the end of the big, glossy shows David usually does. This is really seeing who’s involved, what they’re doing, how the discoveries have been made.

More here: sciencefocus.com/news/the-chance-discovery-that-uncovered-a-mammoth-graveyard-in-swindon-and-inspired-the-new-attenborough-show

Watch Attenborough and the Mammoth Graveyard: bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0012wjh/attenborough-and-the-mammoth-graveyard


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NaturVision Call for Entries!

Dear Filmmakers,

Our selection juries are at the ready, new film entries are arriving every day, and today sees the start of our Short Film Competition – it’s all go at NaturVision!

“Grown to be wild” is the theme of this year’s Short Film Competition, which is once again supported by Audi Stiftung für Umwelt. We’re looking for films that shine a light on plants, animals or ecosystems, deal with wilderness preservation or renaturation, or promote more room for nature. The closing date for entries is 25 February 2022. For all the details, visit natur-vision.de/en/wettbewerb/kategorien-preise

The submission period for our International Competition 2022 is already underway.

We are especially pleased to have such a high-quality selection jury for each of our competitions and we would like to thank them already for their willingness to give up their time to view and discuss the films and decide on the winners with such enthusiasm and expertise. natur-vision.de/en/wettbewerb/jury

We look forward to receiving your films, which brighten up our days working from home and make us look forward to NaturVision 2022 already!

Best wishes, Ralph Thoms, Festival Director

Films that were completed after 1 January 2021 can now be registered via the website: natur-vision.de/de/festival/wettbewerb/einreichformular The closing date for entries is 28 January 2022.

Rules: natur-vision.de/en/wettbewerb/reglement


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BWPA is opening for 2022 (& a goodbye from Maggie Gowan)

BWPA will be opening for 2022!

We are pleased to say that BWPA will be returning for the 2022 competition. Thank you for your patience, and we look forward to seeing all your images from the last couple of years.

We are still finalising the details, but the 2022 British Wildlife Photography Awards is looking to open in April 2022 and will once again celebrate the best of the UK's nature photography.

New management at BWPA

Not only is the competition coming back, but there is a now a change of management at the competition.

Having established BWPA in 2009 and grown the contest into a much-loved celebration of UK wildlife, Maggie Gowan is now stepping down as Director and handing over the management of the competition to Will Nicholls.

A note from Maggie

Just over ten years ago, I was pulling together one of the most exciting ideas I've ever had. From my career as a museum curator in natural sciences, managing collections and organising public exhibitions, I had been lucky enough to work with some of Britain's leading photographers.

I had seen how the power of photography could influence the way people thought and felt about things. At the same time, I was conscious of a growing environmental awareness and understanding in British photography that was about more than just chocolate-box pictures of animals and landscapes. When I decided to start a photography competition to explore this, I could hardly have imagined that a decade on it would grow into one of Britain's best-known and most popular photographic competitions: the British Wildlife Photography Awards.

Our aim is to stimulate innovative photography, and give wider coverage to the remarkable images that communicate the beauty, diversity and environmental needs of Britain's natural heritage. In this, we are surely succeeding. The imagery has been broad-ranging and of  outstanding quality. Every year we enable millions of people around the world to be inspired by innovative photography capturing the essence, beauty and diversity of British wildlife. For me, it is a truly fantastic insight and privilege to work with thousands of great photographers and videographers of all ages. From senior professionals with vast experience, to youngsters with their first mobile phone, the awards are open to all and are deliberately kept accessible. I always hope that some people looking at our winning photographs might feel that these are photos they could learn to take, and thus are inspired to become better photographers. 

I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has contributed to the success of the awards so far. So many entrants, sponsors, judges and supporters have collectively made these awards a popular and vibrant annual event for so long. And they still do: I know from the many messages of support and encouragement we received during the pandemic that there is still a huge affection and enthusiasm for the British Wildlife Photography Awards. I am confident that this ongoing support will carry the competition on to even greater achievements.

After ten wonderful years I have decided it is time for me to step back from BWPA. I am thrilled to pass the baton over to previous BWPA winner, Will Nicholls, whose career has embodied many of the ideals of the competition. I am confident that Will is the person to take the awards forward into further success. I am looking forward to seeing what is next for BWPA, and I wish Will and everyone involved in the competition the very best for a second exciting decade. - Maggie Gowan.

Looking ahead

I am thrilled to be taking on the British Wildlife Photography Awards. I have a lot to thank this competition for, as it played a huge part in launching my career as a stills photographer back in 2009.

Maggie has created something really special, and I will ensure that the high standard expected of BWPA is maintained as we reopen for the 2022 competition.- Will Nicholls

We look forward to seeing your entries soon! Best wishes for the New Year from everyone at BWPA.

Visit: bwpawards.org


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Listen to the fish sing: scientists record ‘mind-blowing’ noises of restored coral reef

Vibrant soundscape shows Indonesian reef devastated by blast fishing is returning to health

From whoops to purrs, snaps to grunts, and foghorns to laughs, a cacophony of bizarre fish songs have shown that a coral reef in Indonesia has returned rapidly to health.

Many of the noises had never been recorded before and the fish making these calls remain mysterious, despite the use of underwater speakers to try to “talk” to some.

The reef had been devastated by blast fishing, where explosives are used to stun or kill everything in the area. The corals are now being restored, but the scientists wanted to know if the many other creatures that inhabit reefs were also returning.

Visual surveys miss camouflaged animals and those that come out only at night, so the researchers turned to the noise of the reef. They found the vibrant soundscape was close to those of reefs that had never been damaged.

Sound is vital for reef survival, because almost all of its inhabitants, from corals to crustaceans to fish, produce offspring that spend the early part of their lives in the open oceans, before using sound and other cues as a homing beacon to return.

Tim Lamont, at the University of Exeter, UK, and the lead author of the study, said: “Working on underwater sound on coral reefs has often been quite miserable. We’ve been listening to reefs going into silence as they degrade. But this restoration site was exciting and inspiring, because the change was going in the other direction.”

Previously unheard fish sounds from restored coral reef: 'Whoops, purrs and grunts'

Read more: theguardian.com/environment/2021/dec/08/whoops-and-grunts-bizarre-fish-songs-raise-hopes-for-coral-reef-recovery


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Q&A: “Welcome to Earth” team talks melding science with Hollywood

Welcome to Earth is a new hybrid adventure-science docuseries from National Geographic launching on Disney+ December 8 starring Will Smith and executive produced by Oscar-nominated director Darren Aronofsky. The show comes from Nutopia, Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures and Smith’s Westbrook Studios.

More than two years in the making, Welcome to Earth — named for Smith’s iconic line in his breakout blockbuster hit Independence Day — had a production that rivalled a Hollywood epic, encompassing 92 shoots in 34 countries on all seven continents with more 700 crew and production team members from around the world. And with part of production taking place during the pandemic, it made a complex shoot even more complicated.

“We went to Iceland during the pandemic to shoot with Will and we discovered that Iceland didn’t actually have enough testing facilities for all the amounts of people and all the amounts of tests we were going to need over the period, so we ended up having to build our own lab there and getting government approval so that we could test ourselves, and then at the end, we gave that lab to the government,” showrunner Graham Booth tells Realscreen. “There was another case in Namibia where we had to pretty much build an airstrip to make sure that we could get everybody in and out in time. It’s just a scale that you rarely come across.”

The show teams Smith with a diverse group of talented explorers each episode who take him on adventures around the globe. While not movie stars themselves, the explorers each have an easy chemistry with Smith, whose charisma makes him a great audience surrogate as he asks questions about surviving in a desert, diving into a cave or crossing a gorge.

Read the interview here: realscreen.com/2021/12/08/nat-geo-disney-meld-science-and-hollywood-with-welcome-to-earth

Welcome to Earth review – Will Smith has Important Things to say, but he’s no Attenborough – theguardian.com – "In this Hollywood blockbuster of a nature show, Will Smith crosses horrifying gorges and teeters on the edge of volcanoes to deliver banal messages about conquering fear, and the beauty of the world."


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Wildlife & Adventures of 2021 – Trekking with Trevor

This past year (2021) I received to opportunity to branch out and explore new places and have more adventures. Most of these experiences were through my new job as a wildlfie photography guide with Backcountry Journeys. During my expeditions, I returned to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for both the spring and fall. I got to travel down the Oregon Coast and walk among the giants in the redwood forests. During our desert expeditions, I visited Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Arches National Parks while going on a family RZR ride in Moab, Utah for my brother's wedding. And finally, I got to spend two weeks in the Alaskan wilderness filming and photographing bears. It was an epic year with bigger, and better adventures!

Check out this trailer to see our adventures of 2021. Don't forget to subscribe and check out our other videos.

Wildlife & Adventures of 2021 | Trekking with Trevor Trailer

Website: www.trekkingwithtrevor.com


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Climate Disaster that's... not Climate Change..?

Madagascar is in the grips of a devastating drought, that's leading to dire food shortages, and taking the region to the brink of famine. But can we automatically connect this with global warming? And if not, what more is there to say?

Climate Disaster that's... not Climate Change..?

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Sri Lanka - Leopard Dynasty, Trailer from Aegle Creations

The latest documentary produced by Aegle Creations about several leopard families in the lowlands of Sri Lanka.

Narrated by Mike Cooper. Music by Eyal Goldstein. Color Grade by Dmitry Kuznetzov. Sound Design by Sergey Zhelezkov.

Sri Lanka - Leopard Dynasty (Trailer)

Website: www.aeglecreations.com


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Dive Into the World of Cetaceans and Fall in Love With 'Ocean Souls'

Over 100 filmmakers, scientists and experts come together in this stunning once-in-a-lifetime award-winning documentary. Available Dec. 17, 2021.

Ocean Souls Films and Wildlife Media, in association with the Claude & Sofia Marion Foundation, are delighted to present Ocean Souls, the award-winning, emotive cetaceans documentary, showing the most extensive diversity ever seen on film. Directed and produced by Philip Hamilton, this film is an extraordinary collaboration of over 100 filmmakers, scientists, and experts. It highlights new scientific discoveries and teams them with exquisite cinematography.

Cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) may have more in common with us than we ever believed possible. With the help of this incredible collaboration of filmmakers, scientists and experts, Ocean Souls opens our eyes to the world below the water, where these creatures exhibit characteristics not unlike ours in terms of cognitive abilities and family ties. This remarkable film includes fascinating insights into their emotions, language, social organization, intelligence, and human interaction, alongside never seen before footage.

Director and Producer Philip Hamilton says, “At Ocean Souls, we recognized how powerful it would be to unite the oceans community around a common project, very similar to how the Live Aid concert united the best musicians in the world. We reached out to the entire community and were ecstatic when more than 100 filmmakers came forward as well as renowned scientists and experts. We are proud to say that any potential revenues derived from the film will be used to help NGOs and explorers as well as contributing towards the science working to protect the oceans, in particular, cetaceans.”

Ocean Souls will be available to rent and purchase on Vimeo and www.oceansoulsfilms.com on Dec. 17, 2021, and will soon be available on worldwide streaming platforms including iTunes, YouTube, and GooglePlay.

Ocean Souls official TRAILER

Read more: digitaljournal.com/pr/dive-into-the-world-of-cetaceans-and-fall-in-love-with-ocean-souls

Watch at: oceansoulsfilms.comvimeo.com/ondemand/oceansoulsenglish/642803265


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Discovery Channel Makes A Feature Film On Indian Wildlife Photographer, Yashas Narayan

Yashas Narayan is one of the youngest wildlife photographers to grab the attention of international channels like Discovery by his fine talent.

Yashas Narayan, one of the most reputed wildlife photographers of India. It would be prudent to say that he is one of the best big cat trackers that India has seen. Proudly known for his astonishing and mesmerising portfolio of India's tigers, leopards, and black panthers, he is now the first Indian wildlife photographer to get a feature film made by the Discovery networks.

Born and brought up in the city of Mysore, Yashas has spent a big part of his childhood in the forests around Mysore province. During his initial grooming years, he had developed a keen sense of animal behaviour and developed his instincts around the same. He soon cultivated a keen passion for wildlife photography. 

Well, one might wonder how his passion for wildlife photography landed him on the Discovery feature film. Then the answer is his exemplary photography skills coupled with the astounding tracking skills of big cats. Discovery is one of the biggest and most popular channels that has made feature films on very few people worldwide, who they feel deserves a wider audience. Now, an Indian wildlife photographer has joined the list.

Read more: outlookindia.com/website/story/outlook-spotlight-discovery-channel-makes-a-feature-film-on-the-first-indian-wildlife-photographer-yashas-narayan/406290

Explore the power of wildlife photography with Samsung and Discovery. Join photographer Yashas Narayan as he gets closer to the world's biggest cat in this short documentary, filmed #withGalaxy S21 Ultra 5G.

Galaxy x Discovery: Step into the wild with Galaxy S21 Ultra | Samsung

Samsung and Discovery use Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G to bring you closer to the world’s biggest cat and its fight for survival.

Galaxy x Discovery: Behind the scenes of filming a short documentary with Galaxy S21 Ultra | Samsung

Samsung and Discovery bring you closer to the world's biggest cat and its fight for survival. Join filmmaker Vikram Singh and photographer Yashas Narayan as they take pro-grade footage of endangered wild tigers using the #GalaxyS21 Ultra 5G.

Learn more: samsung.com/uk/explore/photography/step-into-the-wild-withgalaxy


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Winter Solstice - Shortest Day - Celtic Celebration - Reepham, Norfolk - Mindful Moments in Nature from Piers Warren

Enter into the experience and meaning of Winter Solstice through this short, meditative video.

The Winter Solstice is celebrated by many people all around the world and is one of the eight Celtic festivals in the year. It happens around the 21st of December when the night is longest and the day is shortest. It signifies many things including the coming of the light.

The evergreens featured were filmed at the churchyard in Reepham and the Bircham Centre garden.

Winter Solstice - Shortest Day - Celtic Celebration - Reepham, Norfolk

Find out more about GreenSpirit at greenspirit.org.uk

Filmed in 2021 by Piers Warrenpierswarren.co.uk


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‘Green Planet,’ ‘Mating Game’ Among Docs Affected by Climate Change

From raging fires in North America to fatal floods in Germany and famine in Madagascar, the terrifying impact of man-made climate change is clear.

Natural history films are big sellers in global TV markets. But now there appears to be a new willingness from TV types to put uncomfortable truths regarding environmental damage alongside feel-good shots of beautiful beasts and pristine landscapes.

“Big-scale natural history shows have evolved radically in the past decade,” says BBC Studios Productions’ factual chief Tom McDonald. “Ten years ago, any environmental messages tended to be annexed in ‘the making of…’ section hived off at the end of the program.”

However, now, he says, natural history TV has become more sophisticated and routinely “bakes in” environmental stories.

One of the highlights of BBC Studios’ Mipcom slate is “The Green Planet,” a five-parter co-produced with PBS, fronted by David Attenborough and made by the Corp’s Natural History Unit (NHU). Due to bow in early 2022, McDonald says the series contains a strong environmental story alongside state-of-the-art filming depicting the wonders of plant life. The series is shot in the U.S., Costa Rica, Croatia and northern Europe.

“Television is now making programs on climate change that have high impact,” he says. “I think there is a younger audience that is engaged with big, environmental stories.”

But, he notes, producing popular films that have a strong environmental message is challenging.

“No audience likes to feel they’re being told off,” he says. “It’s important to avoid hectoring. Also, finding voices that audiences trust is important. David Attenborough is an unbelievable guide through these issues. Instinctively viewers trust him.”

Audiences are more likely to watch if there is what McDonald calls “a narrative of hope,” and people are shown what they can do to make things better.

Read more: green-reporter.com/green-planet-mating-game-among-docs-affected-by-climate-change


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Why this wildlife expert is making his archive public

Recording animals in their natural habitat is not a job for those who lack patience.

Capturing just 20 seconds of a songbird's chirrup, or an elk's bugle, or a kangaroo's chortle often requires hours of stillness and solitude.

It's a craft that Birmingham-born sound recordist Martyn Stewart has perfected over the last 55 years.

In that time, he's built up one of the largest private collections of natural sound in the world. Comprising 30,000 hours of material, it includes recordings of 3,500 bird species, alongside countless mammals, insects, amphibians and reptiles, as well as soundscapes of the Serengeti, the Arctic and Chernobyl, 10 years after the nuclear reactor meltdown.

At least four of the species he's recorded are now extinct in the wild, including the northern white rhinoceros and the Panamanian tree frog.

Sitting still and keeping quiet is all part of the job, he says, but it isn't simply a test of endurance. It can also put you in grave personal danger - as he discovered on a trip to the Big Bend National Park in Texas.

"I was recording the morning soundscape when a mountain lion came up behind me and jumped at my head," he recalls.

"It thought I was easy prey because I was silent. It dived at my body. I punched it in the face and it ran off.

"It was an incident of about 20 seconds but I had 125 stitches from my ear around the back of my head."

Instead of reporting the incident to the park ranger he spun a story about falling down a steep bank and cutting his head open on a creosote bush. "I didn't want to get the cat into trouble," he says.

Read more: bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-59404975

"The Listening Planet is an environment non-profit working to create a world where people live in harmony with the natural world and where together, all life thrives. Our goal is to express the voice of the natural world and, through the power of sound, awaken a connection deep inside all of us; a love, understanding and respect for the importance and fragility of the place we call home and a passion to safeguard its future."

Visit: thelisteningplanet.com


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David Attenborough’s Unending Mission to Save Our Planet

“We tend to think we are the be all and end all—but we’re not. The sooner we can realize that the natural world goes its way, not our way, the better.”

WE MAKE LOTS of programs about natural history, but the basis of all life is plants.” Sir David Attenborough is at Kew Gardens on a cloudy, overcast August day waiting to deliver his final piece to camera for his latest natural history epic, The Green Planet. Planes roar overhead, constantly interrupting filming, and he keeps putting his jacket on during pauses. “We ignore them because they don’t seem to do much, but they can be very vicious things,” he says. “Plants throttle one another, you know—they can move very fast, have all sorts of strange techniques to make sure that they can disperse themselves over a whole continent, have many ways of meeting so they can fertilize one another and we never actually see it happening.” He smiles. “But now we can.”

Attenborough occupies a unique place in the world. Born on May 8, 1926, the year before television was invented, he is as close to a secular saint as we are likely to see, respected by scientists, entertainers, activists, politicians, and—hardest of all to please—kids and teenagers.

In 2018, he was voted the most popular person in the UK in a YouGov poll. So many Chinese viewers downloaded Blue Planet II “that it temporarily slowed down the country’s internet,” according to the Sunday Times. In 2019, Attenborough’s series Our Planet became Netflix’s most-watched original documentary, viewed by 33 million people in its first month, and the NME reported that his appearance on Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage where he thanked the crowd for accepting the festival’s no-single-use-plastic policy attracted the weekend’s third-largest crowd after Stormzy and The Killers.

On September 24, 2020, the 95-year-old broke the Guinness World Record for attracting 1 million followers just four hours and 44 minutes after he joined Instagram, beating the previous record holder, Jennifer Aniston, by over 30 minutes. His first post was a video clip where he set out his reasons for signing up. “The world is in trouble,” he explained, standing in front of a row of trees at dusk in a light blue shirt and emphasizing each point with a sorrowful shake of the head. “Continents are on fire, glaciers are melting, coral reefs are dying, fish are disappearing from our oceans. But we know what to do about it, and that’s why I’m tackling this new way, for me, of communication. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be explaining what the problems are and what we can do. Join me.”

The public response was so overwhelming that he left the platform 27 posts and just over a month later, after being inundated with messages. He’s always tried to reply to every communication he receives and can just about manage the 70 snail-mail letters he gets every day. Wherever he appears—wherever his team at the BBC’s Natural History Unit point their lenses—hundreds of millions of people will be watching. And right now, in the year of COP26, The Green Planet hopes to do for plants what Attenborough has done for oceans and animals … create understanding and encourage us to care.

Read more: wired.com/story/david-attenborough-climate-crisis


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"Inside The Autistic Mind" with Chris Packham

Inside The Autistic Mind is a 2 x 60-minute series with naturalist Chris Packham who revealed his own Asperger’s diagnosis in 2016.

In the films, Packham will attempt to learn about and convey the complexities of the autism spectrum, meeting autistic people and in their everyday lives in an attempt to better understand their experiences, as well as the scientists and researchers conducting work around autism.

It is an issue Packham previously explored in Curious Films’ BBC2 doc Asperger’s and Me 2017 but Alan Holland said the production techniques, which take inspiration from docu-drama Notes on Blindness, will result in a very different type of film.

“We’re going to use CGI / VFX animation to visualise autistic people’s shared experiences,” he said.

The programme was commissioned by BBC director of factual Patrick Holland, with Bootle and the executive producer is Amanda Lyon.

From: BBCS lines up Kelvin Fletcher, Chris Packham & Chuck D docs - broadcastnow.co.uk


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“What do we talk about now?”: Doug Aiton reflects on his interview with Sir David Attenborough

Continuing his series of columns, Melbourne radio legend Doug Aiton recalls his interview with Sir David Attenborough

It was the third time I had met Sir David Attenborough. I suggested to him that we try a different interview: that is, we wouldn’t mention natural history.

He seemed happy about that. He had given a million interviews about natural history and associated subjects.

Further to that, I had also met Sir David the day before, for a separate interview. So it was no wonder that when we met again so soon afterwards, he looked at me bleakly and said “what do we talk about now?”

He was about to turn 70 (he is now 95).

I had discovered that he cherished his Steinway grand piano and that when he was home in Richmond, London, in the house they’ve lived in for over 40 years, he liked to play it every day.

Aiton: “Can you remember your piano teacher?”

Sir David : “Oh God! Do I ever. Jessie Adcock. I suppose I was about eight or so when I started with her. She told me that in this house there were various gnomes and fairies and they all had doorbells. This gnome’s doorbell was the double b flat, and this fairy’s doorbell was middle C, and so on. I thought she was ‘round the twist.”

The London house, built in the 1830s, was attached at both sides. One was another house, the other was an English pub called ‘The Hole in the Wall’. However, he didn’t go in there much because he couldn’t see the point when he could have a drink from the comfort of his own home.

He had grown up in Leicester, in a nice house near a highly regarded music hall in the Midlands. So it wasn’t unusual for visiting soloists and orchestras to come and stay with the Attenborough family.

He remembered a visit during the 1940s of a Polish pianist called Pouishnoff, born in Odessa in 1891.

“I remember standing in the aisle listening to Pouishnoff play Chopin. There was a tall man standing alongside me. Distinguished, not an old man.”

As Pouishnoff was playing a nocturne, a young David Attenborough turned and saw tears running down this gentleman’s cheeks. It was the first time he had seen an adult cry and the first time he realised that this thing called music also had connections with people’s souls.

Aiton: “Do you have any particular favourites as composers?”

Sir David said he got “enthusiasms”. Monteverdi for example, but with his own piano playing he liked Bach, Beethoven and Mozart.

Aiton: “I suppose you and your family knew Sir Malcolm Sargent.”

Sir David : “Yes. Dick thinks he was a better musician than I do.” (Dick the film actor is Sir David’s late brother).

“He was the church organist at Lutterworth. I’m pretty sure he wore a corset. Shouldn’t say that. And he had to have a carnation which seemed to me an affectation.”

I intruded, “I seem to remember that [English conductor] Sir Thomas Beachim and Sargent hated each other.”

Sir David: “Yes they did. Once Sargent went to Jerusalem and there was an attack on his car coming from the airport. And Beachim said he had no idea the Israelis had such musical taste. But look, I’m being snobby and unkind. Sargent just seemed very, very unwarm. He was very formal.”

Read more at: radioinfo.com.au/news/what-do-we-talk-about-now-doug-aiton-reflects-on-his-interview-with-sir-david-attenborough


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Esperanza - The Mountain Tapir – A Wildlife Winners & Losers film from the Brock Initiative

ESPERANZA – THE MOUNTAIN TAPIR OF HOPE – a strange large animal, (this is a young one)...

...a combination of an elephant and a horse! We reveal the Real Truth about Our Addiction to Coffee and Chocolate.

Esperanza - The Mountain Tapir

The unstoppable colossus of these two plants – our world’s consumption, in all its forms, from bean to cup and snack. Should we be made to feel guilty (yet again) about something we enjoy? A lot. With a story from the past up to now, and into the future we look at the human impact on the rich biodiversity of Central America and question the biggest food companies like Nestlé, Mars, Cadbury, who claim to be green, on their labels. But are they? And are we, in our millions, the basic problem? Plus, now, as COP26 tried to tell us (but hardly mentioned in perspective) the extra crunch of climate change. Take Madagascar for example. Read more in Richard's quarterly newsletter ... Autumn/Winter edition: brockinitiative.org/2018/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/BROCK-INITIATIVE-Autumn-Winter-Newsletter.pdf

Get Richard Brock's book, PLANET CRUNCH – The Life (or Death?) of Planet Earth ... FREE to ALL! Visit: brockinitiative.org/product/planet-crunch-the-life-or-death-of-planet-earth-by-richard-brock

Alternatively, an eBook version is available to all for FREE ... DOWNLOAD it HERE!

Donations to charity will be welcomed. If you would like to contribute – say £10 – to Richard’s preferred charity local charity, the Avon Wildlife Trust, based close to where he lives, near Bristol, or to a charity of your choice, please do so. These days many charities need income to help continue projects around the world.

Uniquely ... Altogether ... Now ... The Life (or death?) of Planet Earth - Planet Crunch covers Nature and Us, Population, The Media, Tourism, Money, Waste and Plastic, Climate Change, Conservation, Energy, Water, Food, Biodiversity, Shopping, Farming, Forests and Fishing.

Full Films: Planet Crunch

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Find the films on youtube.com/user/brockinitiative and vimeo.com/brockinitiative

Website: www.brockinitiative.org & Blog

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There’s Now A Fully Vegan TV Network – And It’s Free

UnChained TV offers what mainstream cable networks won’t: transparent and compassionate “infotainment”

A new all-vegan streaming TV network is here, and it’s poised to make a splash in mainstream media, all while driving the vegan movement forward.

Called UnChainedTV, the platform features plant-based cooking shows, documentaries, talk shows, and breaking news. Films and TV series are also on offer – including thrillers, and adventure and conservation content – as well as music videos by vegan artists. The best part? It’s all free. 

It comes as global streaming rates reach an all-time high, with more people seeking out engaging, thought-provoking content from the comfort of their homes. And simultaneously, the public’s interest in sustainable and compassionate lifestyles continues to grow. 

UnChained TV unites these concepts, working to usher in a new era of cruelty-free, plant-based living.

“We give viewers thought-provoking content they cannot get on mainstream television networks. We offer solutions to the world’s leading problems: the climate crisis, deforestation, wildlife extinction, human hunger and human disease,” said the network’s founder Jane Velez-Mitchell.

“People who click on UnChainedTV get a window into a life-changing transformation.”

Velez-Mitchell is no stranger to the television industry. An award-winning journalist, she has worked inside mainstream media newsrooms for decades, including in New York and Los Angeles. She was a host of her own on CNN Headline News (HLN) for six years.

Velez-Mitchell wants to bring similar content to UnChainedTV, too.

“We have the capacity to go LIVE and have a whole slate of shows just like any mainstream cable TV network, like CNN, MSNBC, or Fox News. That’s the next step as we grow our vegan network,” the entrepreneur told Plant Based News.

“Having worked in national cable television, as well as syndicated TV and local news, I know how a network runs and grows and we are going to make that happen for this lifesaving information. The technology is in place and that’s the most challenging part. So, now we are ready to roll,” she continued, adding that they’re building the “vegan CNN.”

What Is UnChainedTV?

Read more: plantbasednews.org/culture/media/vegan-tv-network-unchained

UnChained TV : A New Vegan TV Network

Visit: UnChainedTV.com

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“Meat me Halfway”, Reducetarianism with Brian Kateman – The Doctor's Kitchen Podcast

"Finally, I can say I watched a genuinely balanced documentary about food and the environment. I’ve seen all the classics: “What the Health”, “Forks over Knives”, “Gamechangers”, “Food Inc” “Seaspiracy” and others like “Kiss the Ground”. I’m constantly asked about it on social media and friends. Did you see INSERT DOCUMENTARY NAME. What did you think? And invariably I always have to point out the flaws, the biases, the shock tactics, the spin.

But this documentary is refreshingly different. “Meat Me Halfway” produced by my guest today, Brian Kateman, is a documentary about finding common ground at the dinner table. It poses more questions than answers and it allows you to make your own mind up. It doesn’t have a clear ideology woven through the narrative and it’s more exploratory than it is explanatory or defensive.

When I was watching the movie, I made notes to pick up on with Brian when I knew I was going to speak to the documentary host, but a little later in the movie they discussed the nuance of that topic. I didn’t have any follow up questions to the answers they posed at the end of the movie, because there weren’t any answers. This is complicated.

And the conversation we’re having within our own avocado toast eating echo chambers, centres around idealism rather than practicality. And this is why I thought this documentary was particularly great.

Brian is also co-founder and president of the Reducetarian Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing consumption of meat, eggs, and dairy to create a healthy, sustainable, and compassionate world. The ‘Meat Me Halfway book’ is out next year and ‘The Reducetarian Cookbook’ is available in all good bookstores.

Listen the end where I reveal my favourite meat alternatives and hacks to reduce your meat consumption whilst maintaining a nutrient dense diet." Dr Rupy Aujla

Listen: thedoctorskitchen.com/podcasts/126-meat-me-halfway-reducetarianism-with-brian-kateman

Meat Me Halfway - Official Trailer

The path to going plant-based has obvious upsides, but can also be isolating and difficult. Shouldn’t there be some middle ground for people looking to make a change without totally upending their lives? Leader of the Reducetarian movement, Brian Kateman explores this issue through the lens of his own personal decision to reduce eating meat. Grappling with how to sort through conflicting advice, Brian seeks a practical path forward. "Meat Me Halfway" is a groundbreaking investigative journey that seeks to create some common ground at the dinner table.

Watch the film: meatmehalfway.org

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Get "This is Vegan Propaganda (And Other Lies the Meat Industry Tells You)" by Earthling Ed

Every time we eat, we have the power to radically transform the world we live in.

Our choices can help alleviate the most pressing issues we face today: the climate crisis, infectious and chronic diseases, human exploitation and, of course, non-human exploitation. Undeniably, these issues can be uncomfortable to learn about but the benefits of doing so cannot be overstated. It is quite literally a matter of life and death.

Through exploring the major ways that our current system of animal farming affects the world around us, as well as the cultural and psychological factors that drive our behaviours, This Is Vegan Propaganda answers the pressing question, is there a better way?

Whether you are a vegan already or curious to learn more, this book will show you the other side of the story that has been hidden for far too long. Based on years of research and conversations with slaughterhouse workers and farmers, to animal rights philosophers, environmentalists and everyday consumers, vegan educator and public speaker Ed Winters will give you the knowledge to understand the true scale and enormity of the issues at stake.

This Is Vegan Propaganda is the empowering and groundbreaking book on veganism that everyone, vegan and sceptic alike, needs to read.

This title will be released on January 6, 2022.

Pre-order here: Amazon.co.uk or here: Bookdepository.com (FREE Worldwide P&P!)


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Meat Eater VS Vegan: "Veganism will harm a LOT of humans!" – Earthling Ed

He says "I'm just checking in to let you know that a new debate video is up from my US tour, this was one of my favourite conversations that I've had so far, and judging from the comments it seems you all really like it as well! Let me know if you think that Dennis will make the switch to vegan."

Meat Eater VS Vegan: "Veganism will harm a LOT of humans!"

Pre-order Ed's debut book 'This is Vegan Propaganda (And Other Lies the Meat Industry Tells You) here: Amazon.co.uk or here: Bookdepository.com (FREE Worldwide P&P!)

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Animal Testing: What You Need to Know

Humans interact with nonhuman animals in many different ways. Humans eat animals, wear animals, invite them into their homes as pets, and even use them in sports. But a common and rarely mentioned use of animals is for animal testing. Many foods, drugs, and cosmetics are first tested on animals before they are made available for us to use.

Several animal species are used in testing. Many are mammals with genomes similar to our own. Common species include mice, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, dogs, cats, non-human primates, fish, and farmed animals. Animal testing prioritizes efficiency and speed and overlooks the well-being of animals. They are routinely experimented on against their will.

When the Covid-19 pandemic struck, and many of the labs using these animals were shut down, lab authorities ordered the animals be killed—instead of delivering them to sanctuaries or paying for their continued care.

Animal testing continues to be mandated by medical authorities despite clear evidence it isn’t effective or even useful. The U.S. spends billions of dollars each year on animal testing, but it hasn’t improved the efficacy of drugs. Over 93% of cancer drugs that tested successfully on animals failed after entering the first phase of human clinical trials.

As awareness of animal testing’s flaws increases, more people are demanding that the practice be ended. An increasing number of customers now prefer cruelty-free brands that don’t test their products on animals. Cruelty-free cosmetics could be a $10 billion market by 2024.

Six U.S. states have already banned cosmetics that were tested on animals. The U.S. EPA has pledged to end all animal testing by 2035, and the EU recently voted to phase out animals from testing labs.

Technological advances enable sophisticated testing methods that prevent the abuse of sentient animals. In-vitro tests can simulate entire organs, lab-grown tissue has been used to test chemicals and drugs, and human-patient simulators are being used in classrooms to teach human physiology and surgical procedures.

Advocates continue to push for these improvements to end the unnecessary suffering caused by animal testing.

Animal Testing: What You Need to Know

Animals Testing, Exposed: Millions of Animals Suffer in Labs Every Year: sentientmedia.org/animal-testing

Conservation Film-making - How to make films that make a difference


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PBN’s New Short Film ‘Vegan 2021’ Is Out Now

VEGAN 2021 is the latest in this series of annual wrap ups produced by Plant Based News to celebrate the achievements of the vegan movement.

2021 started with a bang, with a dizzying nearly half a million people signing up for Veganuary.

Throughout the year, plant-based meat companies forged partnerships with the biggest names in the food industry, like McDonald’s, Subway, and Dominos, to name a few.

A host of high-profile names spoke out about animal exploitation, including Grammy Award-winner Billie Eilish and Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton, who are both vegan.

Corporations shelled out millions of dollars to place behind alternative protein start-ups, and communities around the globe rallied together to help protect the planet from the climate emergency.

PBN’s last yearly recap,VEGAN 2020, was feature length and garnered nearly 700,000 views.

This year’s highly anticipated release is a short film, and will be hosted on shorter video platforms such as Instagram and Facebook, as well as YouTube. 

Klaus Mitchell, director of the PBN annual film series and founder of PBN, said the new short film has arrived at just the right time. 

“More people than ever are paying attention to the vegan movement, and VEGAN 2021 highlights why. This short film sheds light on the growing awareness of plant-based living, and why picking up the lifestyle is easier, simpler, and more important than ever before,” he explained.

Read more: plantbasednews.org/culture/film/pbn-short-film-vegan-2021 Watch the film:

VEGAN 2021 - The Film

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Lars Isaac Wildlife camera operator with experience working alongside conservation and broadcasting agencies including BBC, Forestry and Land Scotland, and the National Trust.

Experienced drone pilot and documentary-style film editor.

Rivington Doc FINAL

Website: www.larsisaacmedia.com

Profile Page: Wildlife-film.com/-/LarsIsaac.htm

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Pridelands Wildlife Film Fest & Pridelands Films

Pridelands Wildlife Film Fest, (PWFF), is the first of its kind film festival in East, West, North and Central Africa, dedicated to wildlife and conservation factual storytelling with African storytellers at the heart of the narrative. The annual event will be a convening of industry stakeholders from Africa and the world over, where opportunities to learn from each other, network and collaborate are fostered to produce groundbreaking series/films while promoting local engagement, inclusion and diversity in natural history filmmaking.

Pridelands Films is a Kenyan based wildlife film agent, as well as a platform to represent and champion for the inclusion and participation of local talent in natural history filmmaking. We believe the more African storytellers are engaged, the more inspired audiences at the grassroot levels will be and the more impactful wildlife and conservation films will be.

Both organisations were Founded and are run by the multi-talented Fiona Tande ... Assistant camera operator, Drone pilot (FPV), Presenter/Narrator, Assistant, Runner, Researcher, Underwater assistant camera operator, wildlife conservationist, field director, production manager, stills photographer.

Websites: www.pwff.africawww.pridelandsfilms.com

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John AkermanFounder Aquiox Media

Wildlife shooting, underwater shooting, drone, HUGE stock library, music composition.

De prachtige natuur, vogels, roofvogels van de wadden in Nederland, velduil, buizerd,valk

Website: www.aquinoxmedia.com

Profile Page: Wildlife-film.com/-/JohnAkerman.htm

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Christian HeschlComposer for Film & TV

Christian Heschl is a multi-award-winning film & TV composer and musician located near Vienna. His diverse repertoire ranges from live-recorded epic full orchestral scores to pure production music or small intimate ensembles.

To date, he has composed music for numerous projects featured on international networks. These include National Geographic, DiscoveryChannel, PBS, AmazonPrime, SonyUK, NBC/SyFy, SWR, ARD, WDR, ARTE, ORF, and many more.

He is best known for scoring the highly acclaimed NBC/SyFy documentary “Todd McFarlane - Like Hell I Won’t”. It tells the captivating story of comic artist legend Todd McFarlane”, the creator of ”Spider-Man”, “Venom” and “Spawn”.

He also scored the PBS/TerraMater Film-epos “The Hippo King” directed by EMMY nominated director/cinematographer Will Steenkamp (BBC Planet Earth II, Hostile Planet, Primates).

"Wildlife-Film I believe is a great platform to meet and reach new amazing filmmakers I can collaborate with from around the globe. "I'm really looking forward to exploring new people through this great community of wild-life filmmakers!"

CHRISTIAN HESCHL - Composer Showreel

Website: www.heschl-music.com

Profile Page: Wildlife-film.com/-/ChristianHeschl.htm

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Michelle Lugo a composer, arranger and music producer from Puerto Rico.

A multi instrumentalist, she started her journey by playing piano at the age of 4, and along the way picked up more instruments like guitar, flute, and voice.

She’s a Berklee College of Music alumni, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with scholarship from Contemporary Writing and Production on Boston. MA.

She hopes to make an impact through music, and hopes to work in the video game industry, the film industry and the musical theater industry.

I Am Capable

Website: www.michellelugomusic.com

Profile Page: Wildlife-film.com/-/MichelleLugo.htm

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John Gussman – A Washington State-based film-maker, along with his production company Doubleclick Productions, offering Photography, Video Production and UAV/Aerial Filming Services.

He also offers Stock and Location Services.

Website: www.dcproductions.com

Profile Page: Wildlife-film.com/-/JohnGussman.htm

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Razorbill Films – a production company that creates wildlife documentaries for television broadcasters around the world, with Producer/Director Iain Mitchell at the helm.

Profile Page: Wildlife-film.com/-/Razorbill-Films.htm Website: www.razorbillfilms.com

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