A civilization that rose to become the envy of the world, only to disappear … a mystery waiting to be unlocked by modern archaeologists, scientists and explorers.
Following an epic spree of religious building whose scale and ambition rivals the pyramids of Egypt, Angkor is the scene of one of the greatest vanishing acts of all time. The Khmer kingdom lasted from the 9th to the 15th centuries and at its height dominated a large swathe of South-East Asia from Myanmar to the west to Vietnam in the East. As many as one million people lived in Angkor, the capital, which sprawled across an area the size of New York’s five boroughs, making it the most extensive urban complex of the pre-industrial world. By the late 16th Century, the once resplendent capital of the empire, with its thousands of elaborate temples and religious monuments, was being overrun by the surrounding jungles.
Many experts have attempted to provide answers, and theories abound. 1300 carved inscriptions survive on temple doorjambs but the Khmer people of Angkor left not a single word explaining their kingdom’s collapse. This will be a visually stunning film … an epic adventure where science, mystery and ancient civilization intersect.
A lone climber, suspended hundreds of feet in the air, struggles to find the next finger hold, defining progress in inches. The dramatic visuals immerse us in a gripping contest of human determination versus the reality of gravity’s potent grip. Mountain Quest explores the precarious relationship of humanity’s quest to scale some of the world’s highest places, while also revealing the scientific and technological advances that have enabled us to conquer these peaks, exposing the heartbeat of the human soul.
A tapestry of jaw-dropping action, combined with rich STEM content … for example, physics of the real world – how climbing is a tug-of-war between friction and gravity, while skiing involves the same battle of forces in reverse. Educational insights about the engineering of climbing gear and skis, and the aeronautical effects of a wingsuit, are seamlessly integrated with dramatic visuals and action. The film is narrated by Willem Dafoe and was released in early 2018.
Far Northern Australia is a land of extremes. Huge bushfires ravage the ancient landscape in the dry season and the world’s biggest thunderstorms bring torrential rain and flooding in the wet season. These almost Jurassic conditions have created some of the richest wetlands on Earth.
The coast, rivers, and waterholes are haunted by sharks. The plains are guarded by territorial buffalo and venomous snakes but the apex predator here is a living dinosaur the salt water crocodile. They have been on the planet in almost identical form for 200 million years – even surviving the meteor strike that wiped out the rest of the dinosaurs.
Crocodiles are the ultimate predators. They attack with stealth, are extremely aggressive and can grow up to 7 meters in length. Up here, they have even been known to attack and pull fisherman out of boats.
This film will carry the viewers across the whole Top End of Australia, from the wild Kimberly coast through mysterious and rarely seen Arnhem Land and then deep into the world’s oldest rainforest in Cape York.
Come with us on an epic journey through some of the wildest landscapes on Earth as we take you deep into crocodile’s world. Australia’s Great Wild North will be shot in magnificent 8K for IMAX and other Giant Screen theaters. Specialized underwater camera rigs have been designed to get the audience closer than ever before to the most powerful jaws on Earth.
A spectacular journey in Ultra HD cinema through the most remote and fascinating nature parks in Namibia, Africa, underlines the need to restore human contact with wildlife. Elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes, buffaloes, hippos and many other wild animals share the same biological and spiritual bond with nature as the human race, but growing pressure from the predatory behaviour of man and the spread of civilisation across the Planet is threatening their survival.
THE LAST WILD is a cry for the need to restore contact with and respect for nature and all the living things that inhabit it in order to build a new more positive and sustainable world.
The Last Wild film offers to the audience a touching cinematic experience discovering one of the remotest wild regions of Africa and promoting the need to preserve a more respectful relationship between humans and nature.
The film travels to the Western Kalahari region, in Namibia, inquiring about the spirit of the wild and the deep sense of the human condition as part of the nature cycle.
The Last Wild, a very high quality film shot in 4K resolution from the ground and from the air, joins spectacular pure wildlife images with a deep conservationist message and a very moving soundtrack.
Filmed in the remote Khaudum National Park and its surrounding area, and in the Kavango-Zambeze region that borders with Angola, Zambia and Botswana, capturing spectacular landscapes, meeting bushman tribes and finding herds of elephants and buffaloes, big cats, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles and many more wild animals.
The Last Wild spread out a very powerful conservationist message to the next generations, contained in a symphony of cinematic sensations, taking the audience to contemplate the ordinary rhythm of nature and wildlife without interferences, connecting with it, as it was part of it.
Enjoying The Last Wild film, the worldwide audience will experience an extraordinary adventure that connects human spirit with the spirit of wildlife.
Experience in riveting 4k, an immersive expedition in the most hostile and magic environment of the southern hemisphere and discover the survivors of the cold and trailblazers of Evolution … Following extreme diver and biologists Laurent Ballesta and acclaimed photographer Vincent Munnier, experience the hardships of one of the deepest dive ever made in the South Arctic and discover for the first time unexpected underwater oasis and a full scale Iceberg seen from below.
The African savanna is a place of raw beauty. It is also the setting for fierce battles between lions and hyenas. Tough and scraggly, hyenas are known as the “scavengers of the savanna.” They are intelligent predators who are a nuisance to the king of all beasts because they target the same prey. While lions display overwhelming power, the hyenas’ weapons are solidarity and teamwork, which they use to outwit their larger rivals. The standoffs between these carnivores can quickly escalate with hyena pups sometimes caught in the middle. Viewers get a front row seat as these animals use their size, strength, and smarts to compete for the top spot.
Some would consider the dwarf mongoose the cutest creature on the African savanna. Measuring 25 centimeters in length, they are actually the world’s smallest mongooses, living in a land with many predators. They survive by forming packs of about 20 members and observing unique social rules. In and around the anthills they call home, the mongooses follow a rigid hierarchy, where the lowest-ranking member of a pack is responsible for the most dangerous duties. Eating and sleeping are secondary to watching out for enemies and protecting the pack. Why do these animals risk their own lives to serve the other pack members? It is, in fact, all part of an ingenious master plan.
The glorious Chitwan National Park extends over the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal. A large river fed by melted snow and monsoon rains runs through this World Heritage site, attracting endangered species such as Indian rhinoceroses and Indian elephants. Mingling among them are gharials, one of the world’s largest crocodiles. At six meters in length, the main feature of this conspicuous creature is its long, thin jaws filled with razor-sharp teeth. Gharials swish their jaws back and forth to catch fish with impeccable timing. Males also make an explosive sound when courting females. This episode, filmed over an extended period between the dry and rainy seasons, reveals the wisdom behind the secrets to their survival.
The Galapagos Islands are home to a treasure trove of creatures that have gone through unique evolutionary adaptations. One of the most extraordinary is the flightless cormorant, an endangered species. These birds can swim and hunt on water, but because their wings are so small, they are the only cormorants among 30 or so species in the world that cannot fly. Life on land is a series of challenges for them. The parents use their small wings to protect their young against the scorching sun and predators. However, once in the water, they are unbeatable. Using intricate moves, they display impeccable hunting skills. For the first time ever, cameras capture their tireless efforts to survive on a desolate, lava covered island.
The large-scale documentary series Aerial China showcases China’s history, culture, geology, and economic and social growth from a bird’s-eye view. Covering 23 provinces, 5 autonomous regions, 4 municipalities, and 2 special administrative regions, a total of 34 episodes will be shot over five years entirely from the air. Aerial China (Season I) includes Heilongjiang, Xinjiang, Shaanxi, Shanghai, Jiangxi, and Hainan.
Each episode selects the most representative features of the region to display China’s historical, cultural, societal, and natural landscapes. As the striking visual story unfolds, the audience follows the flight route of the camera to uncover a vision of China that is at once fresh and familiar; a rich, beautiful, living and breathing China.
Matt Helliker and Jon Bracey aim to make the first ascent of the extraordinary 1200m long north-west ridge.
The stage is set for two mountaineers, who despite their many accomplishments, must still seek out new lines in unchartered territory. The odds are stacked heavily against them. It’s a hard and difficult climb to the top. They test their endurance, will and commitment to the climb. Why? -So that they can experience the freedom of standing alone on a peak with no one else around for miles; the chance to chart their legacy as explorers and adventure seekers and make their own paths in life.
The Citadel is a stunning 3,000m peak in one of the remaining untouched corners of the Great Alaskan Range. With the mantra “EatClimbRepeat”, the mountaineers need a minimum of 3 weeks to make it to the top. Will they make it? In the documentary we take a front seat ride on a trip through the unknown and are with Matt and Jon every step of the way through all the hardships and struggles, hopes and disappointments. What unfolds is a classic narrative arc where success is snatched from the jaws of defeat.
In a world where the fast paced life of metropolitan cities have infiltrated every aspect of daily life, everyone is searching for that one place where one can let one’s hair down.
These hidden gems do exist and it will be our honour to escort you there. Rural Destinations in the World is a thirteen-episode documentary series that shows great vacation spots in Germany, the US, Poland, Iceland, Colombia, Spain, Portugal, Austria, or Switzerland. It takes you on a trip around the regions of the world that are almost untouched by modernization. Until recently, tourism meant a search for exotic destinations, idyllic beaches or endless tours across populous cities; in short, it was what we call “mass tourism.” Nowadays, the average tourist looks for destinations that differ greatly from the frenzy of today’s lifestyles.
From the forests of middle Europe to the shores of Spain, we will introduce you to old traditions that still live on today, the thrills of rock climbing in remote areas and the breath taking scenery of rural destinations. We will focus on historic heritage, wine tourism, bird watching, fine cuisine, nature, and leisure. Each episode will uncover secret places, unknown corners, hiking trails and leisure activities that are sure to delight the viewer. Our goal is to discover some of the most stunning and treasured treats of nature and make known the less known regions of Europe.
The 3-part series features both, charismatic animals such as puma or condor, and unique behavior of the rarest animals of the continent. You will experience how the most demanding environments, from mystical forests down to majestic valleys formed the wildlife inhabiting this dynamic mountain chain.
The Andes is not just the longest chain of mountains on the planet, it is the most dynamic. Its relatively recent and sudden rise has been like a giant geological shock. Nature has had to respond, and as this spectacular mountain kingdom continues to rise, it pushes animals to ever-extraordinary limits: Monkeys snuggled in thick woolly coats against the lofty cold; scimitar-billed hummingbirds specialized to court and survive in remote, knife-sharp valleys; tiny cousins of the camel that sprint across arid grassland; and the ultimate glider through rarefied air – the Andean condor.
This three part exploration of the earth’s youngest, most exciting mountain range is a journey up humid, mystical, forested slopes, across lonely, high-altitude pastures studded with snow-capped volcanos, and down majestic glacial valleys. Each film will portrait – in fresh and intimate detail – the lives of charismatic residents such as puma and spectacled bear, but will also reveal little-known behaviour of colourful and unique Andean animals that have adapted in surprising ways to their mountain kingdom’s urgent demands. Even more remarkable, this is a chance to showcase some of the rarest animals on the continent, such as the recently-discovered olinguito.
From the tropical northern Andes to the chain’s frigid southern tail, this will be an emotional, exhilarating, cinematic revelation!
Behind the veil of tourism in Asia’s most stunning National Parks people and animals share the same backyard.
Follow us into the unfamiliar and fascinating lands of Asia, where opulent images allow us to experience the unique beauty of nature and the stories of people and animals that live in a world that remains untouched. In the second part of our series, we also lead the viewer into paradisiac places few away from our civilized world. Here you will witness the beautiful blood orange sky as the sun sets, watch the majestic birds of the region survey the land for preys, explore hidden caves among the wide expanse of mountains, go on fishing expeditions with the native where you discover the marine life among the coral reefs and take part in tradition unique to Asia.
In Asia there are enormous areas of wild, breath-taking beauty that entices and lures visitors. The parks covered are in china, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, and Vietnam. Each them has its own particular gems, whether above or below the water.
Unlike protected areas in North America and Europe, the diverse endangered habitats of Asia are almost always home to people as well as wildlife.
Proximity is a film that pairs surfing’s living legends with today’s most progressive young surfers. The film is directed by award-winning filmmaker Taylor Steele, produced by Teton Gravity Research (TGR) in association with Garage Productions. Proximity will explore the delicate relationship between people, time, and place, showcasing surfing icons from different generations in diverse locations around the world.
Pollution, climate change, while some predict the apocalypse, others are building the future. They are the heroes of Planet Home, and they already have solutions for housing in the future. In Planet Home, our adventures are grounded on the architecture and the exemplary nature of the sites we discover. Beyond just buildings, these places house people who are just as inspiring in matters of sustainable development. Our hosts tell us about their homes as well as their lifestyles. We enter inside their daily life and home, and also meet those outside who share their philosophy. Whether we are highlighting the technological excellence of a location, an architect’s crazy ideas, or a family’s new lifestyle, Planet Home is the only documentary series, which offers a map of ecological and sustainable habitats throughout the world.
Africa seen and described through the eyes of a wildlife photographer who has always been fascinated by the unique atmosphere of this extraordinary continent. A tale of the sensation of breathing the air of Africa, admiring its fiery skies and observing the daily activities of its animals, frequently caught in unusual poses. A story that shuns the spectacle of animals suffering and dying in favour of striking colours and the light, smells, and landscapes unique to this continent. A story that describes the cause of his longing for Africa, the sweetest sadness.
The Arctic is accessible to man only because of ice dogs. As hunters, haulers and guardians, for thousands of years they have been a vital link to nature. Dogs led the Sarqaq people out of Siberia and, a millennium later, led explorers to the North Pole. Amundsen won the race to the Pole because he relied on ice dogs. As the light returns to Greenland, we arrive in Scoresbysund with a troop of the only companions worth having.
People have an insatiable and timeless appetite for the bizarre. Modern media is an incubator of hysteria and excitement, as strange and unexplained stories gain traction and capture the public mind. In Strange World, our host, journalist Alex Hannaford, travels the planet in search of the truth behind these mysteries. This is a one-stop-shop for all your conspiracy theory urges!