EXCLUSIVE: BBC team reveal the wildlife secrets of New Guinea

  
BY EWAN SOMERVILLE | COMMS OFFICER

It’s unmissable. This Saturday night, YOU can hear the experiences of a BBC production team who recently shot a wildlife documentary in New Guinea. The event at Croyde Village Hall, organised and hosted by North Devon Moving Image, will see the team’s film, Tribes, Predators & Me: Crocodile People of the New Guinea will be screened in full, along with exclusives from other upcoming BBC wildlife series. The team will also reveal behind the scenes exclusives from the Tribes, Predators & Me series and answer questions from the audience.

In an exclusive interview with NDMI, sent to Petroc Student Union, Dr Ted Oakes, Series Producer for the BBC Natural History Unit (who will be leading Saturday night’s event) said: “Over the last two decades I’ve travelled the world as a proud TV producer for the BBC Natural History Unit, having worked with David Attenborough and more recently with Scottish wildlife presenter, Gordon Buchanan on the BBC series Tribes, Predators & Me. Together Gordon and our team have also made The Bear Family & Me, Polar Bear, Snow Wolf , Gorilla, and Elephant Family & Me.

“I’m from Canada, but you just couldn’t make these shows anywhere else in the world except in Britain with the BBC. They’ve changed the way I (and hopefully the audiences’) thinks about nature. Many of these TV shows have had a connection with North Devon, musically or even just with something as simple as local quad bike training. It’s a little known secret but many of the people working at the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol are from Devon or North Devon.

 “I was pleased to be approached by Amanda McCormack and Keira Carroll at North Devon Moving Image (NDMI) to be involved with ‘North Devon Wild Shorts’ the first local wildlife and environment film-making competition. This Saturday evening 24th September at 7pm at the Croyde Deck Chair Cinema myself and friends from the Natural History Unit will host an evening of film, food and chat together with NDMI and local wildlife experts. It’s a way to get people involved with this festival and to make us think about our local nature too.”
NDMI and the BBC team will screen the BBC film Tribes, Predators & Me: Crocodile People of the New Guinea and show some sneak previews of other upcoming BBC wildlife series. It’s a chance to meet people working in broadcast TV, local film-makers and those with a passion for nature and the local environment and an event suitable for all ages. There will be food and refreshments on hand.
All are welcome and tickets are £6 and £4 for under 18s and can be bought online from the North Devon Moving Image website http://www.northdevonmovingimage.org.uk/events.html

To find out more contact Amanda McCormack at northdevonmovingimage@outlook.com or telephone 01271 860610

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