Kiwi pho­tog­ra­pher and film­maker shows in New York

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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

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