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Natural History Film-Making At Its Best

Natural History Film-Making At Its Best At The Festival Of Colour

The work of some of the Southern Hemisphere’s best natural history filmmakers featuring the latest documentaries on nature, science, adventure, people and places, will showcase at the Southern Lakes Festival of Colour in Lake Wanaka from 27 April – 1 May.

The films are coming to Wanaka as part of the WildSouth International Film Festival that runs in association with the Festival of Colour. This will be the first time that many are seen by the general public, including the first ever screening in New Zealand of a documentary in Hi Definition, the latest film technology.

The original crocodile man, David Ireland, is one of the guest speakers at the film festival and he is giving a public talk on Amazing Animal Encounters as part of the Writers and Artists programme at the Festival of Colour. A world-renowned wildlife cameraman who has filmed everything from sharks to lions, his latest project features spectacular footage of him swimming with humpback whales. A man who puts himself this close to nature’s most formidable creatures has a lot of experiences to share. His spectacular footage, combined with his lively storytelling, ensure this will be a compelling show and a unique behind the scenes glimpse at how spectacular wildlife moves are made.

David Ireland’s Amazing Animal Encounters will take place in the Infinity Pacific Crystal Palace on 27 April at 1.15pm, tickets $5 on the door. A full programme of the public film screenings, including festival award-winning features, will be available in the week leading up to the festival at


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