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Wilderland Film Festival

Wilderland Film Festival - a brand-new film festival showcasing incredible wildlife stories from around the world, and will take place across the UK, for 26 dates during October and November 2019, with tickets available from Wilderland’s website.

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Introducing the UK’s first-ever touring wildlife film festival

Wilderland Film Festival is a brand-new film festival showcasing incredible wildlife stories from around the world, and will take place across the UK, for 26 dates during October and November 2019, with tickets available from Wilderland’s website.  

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This inaugural wildlife film festival shares some of the most incredible and thought-provoking stories as captured by leading independent, international filmmakers. As an official partner, Rohan has supported Wilderland Film Festival founders and zoologist filmmakers - Daniel O’Neill and Isaac Rice - with specialist outdoor clothing on their filming expeditions, as well as providing raffle prizes for each night of the tour.

In 2018, Dan looked to Rohan for suitable clothing for his film project based in tropical Guyana. The result of this trip was a film directed and produced by Dan, which tells the story of one woman’s quest (Mathematical Ecology student Natasha Ellison) into the world’s most remote and unexplored rainforest, to fulfill her dream of seeing the mythical Harpy Eagle in person. 

Far right: Filmmaker Dan O’Neill wears Trailblazer Convertible Trousers. Mathematical Ecologist Natasha Ellison wears Trailblazers and Sanctuary Shirt.

For Wilderland, Dan and Isaac have recruited some of the most acclaimed wildlife filmmakers to choose nine films from more than 50 submitted to be showcased. Judges, including award-winning camera man and Natural World Safaris specialist leader Doug Allan (The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet), naturalist and author Stephen Moss (Britain’s Big Wildlife Revival, Springwatch), and producer/director Louise Heren (Big Cat Diaries), have chosen films to take audiences on a journey through the world’s most enigmatic wildlife; from a film exploring how the snow leopard and Himalayan communities co-exist, to the diminishing population of orangutans in Borneo, to the impact of noise-pollution in the seas on the humpback whale and more.

Dan O’Neill and Isaac Rice said: "Wilderland is a platform for the new era of independent wildlife filmmakers. It will inspire everyone to think more about the natural world in our daily lives. Wilderland's ethos is that anyone can be a conservationist, and everyone has a part to play in the future of our planet.”

Doug Allan, panel member and cameraman says: "Anyone with a fascination for the natural world and conservation should make sure they book their ticket to Wilderland. It’s inspirational.”

Steve Backshall, BAFTA-winning English naturalist, writer and TV presenter says: "It’s so exciting to see these breathtaking films on the big screen for the first time.”

Gordon Buchanan, wildlife TV presenter and cameraman adds, “Wilderland is special because it gives audiences unparalleled insight into some of the world’s most incredible wildlife.”

Audiences will also have the opportunity to support the effort to save some of our planet's most endangered species. At each show, the audience will be invited to vote for one of five endangered species identified by the Wilderland team. Votes will be counted each night and, at the end of the tour, the Wilderland team will embark on a journey to make a film about the most voted-for species, raising awareness of its plight and encouraging support for grassroots charities working to help them. The resulting film will be premiered at the next Wilderland Film Festival and funded by a percentage of profits from the festival.

Tour Dates & Venues

Date                      Venue                                                 

Oct-05                   Tonbridge, EM Forster Theatre                  

Oct-08                   Manchester, Waterside Arts Centre                                       

Oct-09                   Hereford, The Courtyard                                             

Oct-10                   Cardiff, Chapter Arts Centre                                      

Oct-12                   Cirencester, Sundial Theatre                                      

Oct-13                   Abingdon, Amey Theatre                                            

Oct-14                   Sheffield, Student Union                                             

Oct-15                   Crewe, Lyceum Theatre                                               

Oct-16                   Bray, Mermaid Arts Centre                                         

Oct-17                   Cork, The Everyman                      

Oct-19                   Corby, Corby Cube                                                         

Oct-20                   Norwich, The Enterprise Centre at UEA                

Oct-21                   Dorking, Dorking Halls                                   

Oct-22                   Shrewsbury, Theatre Severn       

Oct-23                   Penrith, Rheghed Centre                                            

Oct-30                   Teignmouth Pavilions                    

Nov-06                 Salisbury, Arts Centre   

Nov-07                 Bridgwater, McMillan Theatre                   

Nov-11                 Liverpool, Epstein Theatre                                          

Nov-12                 Morecambe, Platform Theatre                  

Nov-17                 Stirling, Macrobert Arts                                                               

Nov-18                 Inverness, Eden Court                                    

Nov-19                 Shetland, Mareel                                                            

Nov-20                 Banchory, The Barn                                          

Nov-21                 Peebles, Eastgate Theatre                                          

Nov-22                 Musselburgh, The Brunton