Jago: A Life Underwater will be screening at the Dolby Theatre in Soho, 12th July at 6PM. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with myself and producer Johnny Langenheim. The event is hosted by Red Digital Cinema and The Production Guild.
Our award winning Bajau Laut documentary, Jago: A Life Underwater, is having it’s UK premiere on BBC FOUR at 9 PM on Thursday 25th May.
The film follows Rohani, an 80 year old sea nomad, as he tells his life story – with significant events reenacted by younger members of his community. Barely able to walk on land, Rohani still gets in the zone underwater, descending to great depths for minutes at a time to hunt with a homemade speargun.
Shot in Indonesia’s Togian Islands, the film touches on conservation and the ocean but, ultimately, is the story of an old man reflecting on life in a changing world.
Our low budget Bajau documentary, Jago: A Life Underwater, has tied with Sherlock and beaten Planet Earth 2 to win 4 awards at the Royal Television Society Awards in Bristol last night. Very encouraging to watch Rohani’s story go from strength to strength and slowly reach a larger audience. Awards included best documentary, best cinematography, best sound and best grade.
Really pleased to announce that the images from my story Wolf Hunting in Siberia, have won a category of Travel Photographer of the Year. Fantastic to see such complex stories being recognised. I’ve had quite a few emails from people concerned about the issue and whether the hunters should be allowed to hunt at all. For the full story behind the images and a bit more context, take a look at the full editorial feature here.
The images will exhibit this summer from 22nd July to 4th September in London, full details here.
Also available now is a short behind the scenes video from the accompanying film which was produced with Panos Pictures for Al Jazeera Plus.
Wolf Hunter will be screening along with three other short films at the Curzon in Bloomsbury on Saturday (28th Nov). The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with myself, Anna Stevens from Panos Pictures and Jennifer Bryne, Head of Video at Dazed. You can buy tickets for the event here: – Screening Tickets
An Evenki man leads his reindeer through the forest. His herd is vulnerable to ever- increasing wolf attacks. All over eastern Siberia, wolves are migrating in huge numbers from the taiga forests out onto reindeer pastures, threatening livestock on a scale not seen since pre-Soviet times. Khatystyr, Sakha Republic, Russia.
Setting up to interview Ion with make shift camera heater. Thermal insulation with hand warmers inside courtesy of Ben.
Our latest film ‘Jago: A Life Underwater’ has picked up the top prize at the Jackson Hole Film Festival. Produced in conjunction with Underdog films, Jago tells the story of an old Bajau sea nomad I met in Sulawesi’s Togian Islands in 2013.
Through a mixture of interviews and cinematic reenactments, the film charts Pak Rohani’s extraordinary life; learning to dive, losing his son and coming to terms with his own mortality.
Shot entirely in 5K for a 4K master on Red epics, the film also makes use of experimental underwater rigs and aerial photography.
We don’t have a set release date but a sneak peek, courtesy of the festival, is available here: