Ex­treme chal­lenge

Deadly 60 host Steve Back­shall made a spe­cial ap­pear­ance at a doc­u­men­tary screen­ing ahead of his stage shows,

Broome Advertiser - - Broome Happenings - writes Carly Laden

Deadly 60 fans that missed out on get­ting their hands on tick­ets to the highly an­tic­i­pated Deadly 60 Down Un­der live shows got an­other chance to meet the show’s pre­sen­ter in the flesh.

Broome’s Sun Pic­tures hosted a screen­ing of BBC doc­u­men­tary Steve Back­shall’s Ex­treme Moun­tain Chal­lenge ahead of the Deadly 60 Down Un­der live shows at Broome Civic Cen­tre.

The doc­u­men­tary fo­cuses on nat­u­ral­ist Steve Back­shall and his crew as they em­barked on a dra­matic ex­pe­di­tion, as­cend­ing Venezuela’s Tepui moun­tains.

The view­ing on Jan­uary 31 al­lowed fans young and old to meet Back­shall and ask him about his ad­ven­tures and what his favourite an­i­mals were.

Back­shall, on his first ven­ture to the Kim­ber­ley re­gion, said he was find­ing Broome to be a stun­ning part of the world de­spite trav­el­ling to Broome at the tail end of the stormy weather.

“I’ve spent a lot of time tour­ing around Aus­tralia but this part of it in par­tic­u­lar is re­ally new to me,” he said. “I think it’s a place I will def­i­nitely come back to in the fu­ture be­cause it’s just amaz­ing.”

Back­shall said he was very ex­cited to be talk­ing to the lo­cals about the na­tive wildlife in the Kim­ber­ley re­gion and was happy to hear so many peo­ple were in­ter­ested in com­ing to his show.

“The shows have done re­ally well in Aus­tralia,” he said.

“It’s down to the fact that the peo­ple here in Aus­tralia are re­ally into their wildlife and I find it re­ally heart­en­ing to see how ex­cited peo­ple are about their wildlife here.

“I think that’s re­ally im­por­tant be­cause the peo­ple that love the wildlife are go­ing to be the ones that pro­tect it in the fu­ture.”

Al­though Back­shall was ex­cited to cel­e­brate the na­tive Aus­tralian wildlife with Broome fans, he ad­mit­ted he was not sure how peo­ple would re­act to the facts about var­i­ous an­i­mals.

“What I do in the shows is talk a lot about the wildlife but I talk about the an­i­mals from a bi­ol­ogy per­spec­tive,” he said.

“I think it’s go­ing to be strange do­ing it here in Broome com­pared to places like Syd­ney or Perth.

“Over there, they don’t have as much of a con­nec­tion to the wildlife as the peo­ple do up here in Broome.

“In the cities it is kind of easy, but up here I feel like I could talk about an an­i­mal and peo­ple will say ‘well, we know all that be­cause we see it ev­ery day’ but I’m sure there will be plenty of fun to be had.” Pick up next week’s Ad­ver­tiser to see what hap­pened at the Deadly 60 Down Un­der live shows.

Pic­tures: Carly Laden

Deadly 60 pre­sen­ter Steve Back­shall shares a mo­ment with his young fans.

Back­shall con­nects with fans.

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