“...they challenge our imagination of what is possible.” New Zealand filmmakers Iain Frengley and Edward Saltau trace the story of the albatross, immersing the viewer in the beauty, majesty and vulnerability of these birds as viewed through the dramatic prism of Coleridge’s famous poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Using some of the most innovative visual effects in documentary film, the work distils a vast collection of natural history, harsh reality and folklore in a well paced viewing experience. Remarkable oceanic and onshore footage woven in a creative synthesis elevate this film to a class of its own. In tracing poetry we find our relationship with the winged monarch of the sea. - "Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival 2010" Directed by Iain Frengley & Edward Saltau Selected for 15 international film festivals & has received awards for: Finalist for Best Newcomer @ Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival (2011) Best Student Film @ American Conservation Film Festival (2010) Best Short Film @ Telenatura (Spain) (2010) Best Animal Advocacy Short @ Artivist Film Festival (2010) Made as the final production for a Masters in Science Communication at Otago University+ More details
The film follows Otago fishermen as they crawl through nettles and gorse to retrieve yellow-eyed penguin chicks as part of the joint Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust and local Department of Conservation monitoring programme. It also takes us to sea aboard the fishing boat Aurora to view mitigation measures used by the fishers to minimise the risks to seabirds.+ More details
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