Kiwi photographer and filmmaker shows in New York
New Zealand photographer and film-maker Richard Sidey’s non-verbal feature film,
Speechless: the Polar Realm, had its world premiere during the recent Documentary Edge Festival, on May 21 at Auckland’s Q Theatre.
It’s quickly becoming highly acclaimed here in New Zealand, but Speechless won’t rest here. It has already been accepted into a few film festivals outside this country — one of which is the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in New York.
The film received the Documentary Edge Festival award for Best New Zealand Cinematography, and was shown four times in Auckland, with an extra screening due to high demand. It finished its Documentary Edge screenings in Wellington on June 13.
The film documented more than 10 years of Sidey’s polar explorations across the globe. The focus was to communicate a message of what Sidey describes as showing “Simply how wonderful our planet is, in the areas we haven’t wrecked, yet understanding the fragility of these regions.”
Richard Sidey — Arctic Tern on glacier ice in Svalbard