Wild Aus­tralia: The Edge

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Sun­day, 7.30pm, Nat Geo Wild For six weeks from tonight, Nat Geo Wild is pre­sent­ing ex­cel­lent nat­u­ral his­tory doc­u­men­taries un­der the ban­ner Wild Cin­ema. Although none of them is es­pe­cially new, they make ter­rific fam­ily view­ing. Also, with the grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity of widescreen televisions at home, they look spec­tac­u­lar, as they were ini­tially cre­ated for dis­play in those gi­gan­tic IMAX cinemas. Wild Aus­tralia: The Edge (1996) is nar­rated by Hugo Weav­ing and is, es­pe­cially if you are new to it, ut­terly breath­tak­ing. No mere trav­el­ogue, the doc­u­men­tary gets to grips with the his­tory of set­tle­ment and the ef­fect of it on the pris­tine wilder­ness our en­tire coun­try once con­sisted of. Beau­ti­ful vi­su­als of the platy­pus at play, as­sorted wildlife and dan­ger­ous preda­tors are sure to cause gasps. Next week: Aus­tralia: Land Be­yond Time (2002), with Alex Scott, fol­lowed by Antarc­tica on De­cem­ber 23.

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