Documentary

Film
Release Year
Runtime(s)
Synopsis
The Story of German Beer
2016
52, 42

This documentary looks at the history of beer starting with the Sumerians who invented it 5.000 years ago through to the leading export of today and the new trend of the future: craft beer.  Prost!

Prince Luitpold of Bavaria: if Germany were still a monarchy, this member of the House of Wittelsbach would be King of Bavaria.  What does this have to do with beer?  His Highness brews one of the best beers in Bavaria.  No wonder – it was one of his ancestors that introduced the Reinheitsgebot (German purity law) in 1516, and it remains in force to this day: the only ingredients permitted are hops, malt, and water.  500 years of pure beer – without chemicals, flavour enhancers or colour additive additives as is common in the rest of the world.  There are 5,000 different beers in Germany, produced in more than 1,300 breweries.

Great beer has always been synonymous with Germany.  Let’s find out why!

The US Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen
37
The Wild Pacific
2015
56

It is the largest body of water on earth, covering nearly 30% of our planet.  Home to a stunning menagerie of creatures.  Great Whites hunting in ghostly silence.  Ballets of whale sharks and giant mantas.  Swarms of mating squid in a magical kelp forest.  Voracious striped marlin, sea lions, and pelicans decimating great schools of herring.  Experience The Wild Pacific.  From Emmy-nominated producer Michael Watchulonis.  Cinematography by Emmy-winning cameraman Johnny Friday.

Time Scanners
2013
6 x 53 min

Time Scanners is a ground breaking new series which uses state of the art laser technology and a team led by one of the world’s top engineers to uncover the engineering mysteries of the ancient world’s most iconic structures for the very first time.

This brand new laser technology and software reveals the world’s most iconic sites in a way never before seen, producing results that surprise even the experts.

The technology solves a host of new mysteries including: the pinpointing of the exact position of the Kings Burial Chamber inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, discovering how the Incas managed to build a their city on a mountain top, uncovering hidden temple structures underneath Petra’s sands, turning back time to show exactly where a WWII bomb exploded inside St Pauls Cathedral, revealing a completely new theory on how the Colosseum’s roof actually worked, and illuminating the secrets behind the construction of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

The series combines the expert knowledge of one of the world’s foremost structural engineers Steve Burrows, WSP, the brains behind the Birds Nest Stadium in Beijing, together joined by a team of pioneering laser scanning researchers from the Centre for Advanced Spatial Technologies to unlock the secrets of the world’s greatest engineering achievements.

Tougher Than It Looks
2016
12 x 30 min

How hard is it to do some of the toughest, oddest, most dangerous tasks on the planet?  Andrew Younghusband (Don’t Drive Here, Canada’s Worst Driver) finds out first-hand as he delves into the world of terrifying heights, extreme sports, tough trades, small spaces, and strange hobbies.  Younghusband’s wild quest takes him into the dangerous, weird and just plain crazy, as he meets people driven by passion who do jobs and partake in pastimes that often look impossible.  But are they?  In each episode, with minimal training, Younghusband struggles to keep up with the pros as they explain what they do, while showing him the ropes.  From working as a window cleaner on a dauntingly high skyscraper and wing walking on a bi-plane in mid-air, to barefoot water skiing and racing lawnmowers, nothing is too scary or obscure for Younghusband to try at least once.

Tour de Tirol
2016
47

Competitors take part in all 3 stages of the Tour de Tirol.  The Söller Zehner, the Kaisermarathon Söll and the Pölven Trail.

On your mark!  Get set!  The boom of the starter gun indicates go and go they went.  The Tour de Tirol is a stage race of about 75 km and 3650 hm, which takes place in Söll and lasts three days.  On the first day, the finish line is set at 10km.  The second day is a 52km marathon over a mountainous trail and the final day is a 23 km trail rum with plenty altitude.  It is quite an insane challenge but with this race one gets to know one’s body, one’s limits, and one’s drive to succeed.  From this race one finds out what one is capable of!

The Tour de Tirol started in 2006.  It is a unique race with high standards within beautiful mountain sceneries of the Austrian Alps.  We accompany Alexander Bille, 42 years old, hobby runner from the flatlands, during these three days, we watch him from above and along the route to the finish line and interview him before and after the race.  He knew it would be hard, but he did not know how hard it was going to be.

Trails of the World
2017
6 x 60 min

We go along different trails around the planet – but we will not take the easy road.

Hiking and biking will help us to discover spectacular places and unknown land-sites from the Inca Trail in Peru through Spain’s Extremadura to the Way of St. James in Norway.  We get to meet the local population, drink and eat the regional food and take part in fiestas and traditions.  But we will also look for spaces to relax and visit the cultural sites.  Travel through waterfalls and gorges to amazing peaks and cosy shelters.  You will enjoy the trip – the active way!

Treasures of Thailand
2014
30

Thailand, Land of Smiles.  Home to exotic food, dance, and temples.  There are secrets in each temple.  Hidden temples inside caves, majestic Grand Palaces, and more.  Explore the wondrous mysteries of Thai dance where every movement of the hand and body tell a story.  Sample the famous Thai spice and the exciting surprises of Thai Street food.  Experience the unseen wonders of this Magical Kingdom.

Tsukiji — Inside the World’s Largest Fish Market
2015
49

Tsukiji Market is the world’s largest fish market.  Every day, 1,700 tons of fish are sold to over 30,000 professional buyers in search of the finest fish from across the globe.  Even computers cannot keep up with the amazingly fast pace of the auction — the most heated of which takes place over tuna.  Complex human relationships and negotiations are on full display, but the deep trust between players creates a surprising spirit of harmony.  The market is run by a network of experienced professionals as complex as the neural pathways of the brain.  Go behind the scenes at the fascinating Tsukiji Market.

unReal
2015
47

unReal is for those of us who escape.  A film that celebrates breaking free from the confines of reality and venturing into a boundless world.  This place isn’t remote or hard to find, and yet many never see it.  Here, glacial walls transform into mountain bike trails, rain and snow aren’t the only elements to fall from the sky and thousand pound mammals become riding partners.  Breathtaking visuals conjure feelings of awe and pure joy; feelings that only those of us who venture outside can truly understand.  This film is dedicated to you—the dreamers, the rule-breakers, the ones who never grow up, the ones who know the secret—the ones who know the way into the unReal world.

Untethered
2016
30

Untethered takes an immensely personal look straight into the heart of the slacklining movement in Vancouver, Canada.  Introducing Specer Seabrooke and friends, as he prepares and accomplishes a world record free solo slackline.

USA – A West Coast Journey in 4K
2014
70

USA – A West Coast Journey presents the most exciting and picturesque places of place of the Western United States in stunning 4K resolution.

Explore over 40 amazing destinations in California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and Colorado: From San Francisco’s famous Golden Gate Bridge to the pulsating night life of Las Vegas to the breath-taking natural wonders of the Grand Canyon and Yosemite.  Filmed in Ultra HD resolution USA 4K – A West Coast Journey features spectacular aerial images, time-lapse cinematography and elaborate camerawork.

Vague à Lâme
52

Billabong Europe are stoked to announce the release of a new Billabong Adventure Division documentary film titled Vagues à l’âme (Waves of the Soul), produced by Vincent Kardasik and filmed entirely in 4K.  This documentary film traces the history of the A/Div and its highlights since its creation, telling the whole story and unseen background of their extreme expeditions.  United by the passion for big wave surfing, Benjamin Sanchis, Shane Dorian, and a bunch of friends have had the single objective of hunting and surfing the winter heaviest swells on the European coasts.  Over the last eight years and multiple expeditions to the world’s heaviest waves, the Billabong Adventure Division crew has been searching for the perfect wave.  Their efforts have yielded incredible imagery and historic rides such as Sancho surfing the biggest wave ever surfed in Nazaré in November 2014.  The documentary features never been seen before footage and behind the scenes action from some of surfing’s most memorable sessions.  The film is supported by XTreme Video, Monster, Nixon, and EQ.

Voyage Over Earth — Astonishing Image from Space
2015
52

Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata has filmed our planet and its surroundings for the very first time with a supersensitive 4K camera specially developed for space.  Voyage Over Earth presents astonishing views from space selected by Wakata himself — a fascinating, shimmering aurora in the sky above Alaska, magnificent flashes of lightning over the Australian continent, and the lights of Asia as they sparkle like jewels in the night.  Vivid images previously impossible to capture with conventional HD cameras appear before your very eyes.

Enjoy the unprecedented views from space as they expand outside the windows of the International Space Station, and feel your existence as a part of the universe.

Waking the T. Rex: The Story of Sue
2010
23

In 1990, deep in the badlands of South Dakota, paleontologists unearthed the bones of a monster.  Forty feet long and weighing several tons, the fossil skeleton was assembled and rebuilt into the largest, most complete T. rex ever discovered.  Named Sue, this majestic icon of the dinosaurs has captured the imaginations of millions of museum visitors over the years.  But her full story has yet to be told … until now.

Waking the T. rex: The Story of SUE traces the life of one of the most feared predators of the Cretaceous.  Join scientists as they decipher fossil clues to piece together the lifelong struggles, from nest to death, of this famous tyrannosaurus.  Witness her life events unfold, including an epic battle with a Triceratops, in a world where the only rule is eat or be eaten.

Waking the T. rex: The Story of SUE is a high-drama science adventure you won’t soon forget.  After 67 million years, Sue is about to awaken — in roaring, bone-crunching, in your face, 3-D!

Wild Bahamas
48
Wild California TV
2000
3 x 60 min

Three one-hour specials created from extra footage from the Giant Screen film Adventures in Wild California.  Aired in primetime on the Travel Channel network (U.S.), and on National Geographic, and Discovery TV networks in 40 countries worldwide.

Yosemite Wild
2015
40, 12

Autumn has arrived in Yosemite Valley.  The iconic National Park, with its soaring granite walls and untamed wilderness is on fire.  The low humidity of autumn draws rock climbers from all over the world; and simultaneously exposes the fragility of the wild ecosystem.  Climbers band together to play in the park, and to act as responsible stewards to preserve its future.

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