Never before seen HD footage from our planet’s Polar Regions!
Check out the breathtaking trailer…
World Premiere January 8, 2011
World Class Service Ltd and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra announce the stunning portrait of the polar kingdoms with a unique live orchestral soundtrack arranged by John Harle. Polar combines stunning HD footage from award-winning natural history filmmakers with live music performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to produce a mesmerizing cinematic experience, taking the audience on a journey to the Arctic and Antarctic regions of our planet.
Polar showcases an originally commissioned film of the Arctic and Antarctic regions captured by award-winning wildlife filmmakers and photographers, husband and wife team Doug Allan and Sue Flood and Canadian Polar explorer and climate change opinion leader, Mark Terry. Featuring footage of some of the world’s most beautiful and rare sights including the aurora borealis, penguin rookeries, and polar bear cubs frolicking in the snow on a massive 32ft wide screen, the film is the work of truly outstanding individuals in their field.
Andrew Glester of World Class Service Ltd said:
“It’s rarely easy to coordinate, with each of them at some far flung part of the globe, but it’s always a pleasure and an honour to be able to work with people like Sue, Doug and Mark. Their work is second to none and all of us are chomping at the bit to experience it on that huge screen in the company of the mighty RLPO.”
About Doug Allan.
Working in the wildlife cinematography industry for over twenty years, Allan was inspired by his first trip to the Antarctic in 1976 to work as a research diver for the British Antarctic Survey (B.A.S). Over the next ten years Allan spent four winters and nine summers diving and taking photographs in the Antarctic with the B.A.S, an experience that began his love affair with capturing the icy landscapes, ultimately leading to his change in career.
Since his introduction to the industry, Allan’s career has led him to work with Sir David Attenborough on the BBC’s Blue Plant, Planet Earth and Life series with his inspiring footage earning him 4 EMMY Awards and 3 BAFTAs as well as being named BBC Wildlife photographer of the year in 1996 and 2002. The BBC’s go to guy for polar and underwater cinematography, Allan has a knack for getting perfect shots in the most difficult environments.
“Doug has a huge ability for getting the right picture….. by a fusion of dogged endurance, determination, a great affinity with the natural world and a desire to get to places that others do not go,” said Sir Attenborough.
About Sue Flood.
Flood began her career working behind the scenes as an Associate Producer on the award-winning BBC series, The Blue Plant and Planet Earth as well as the Disneynature film, Earth. Despite enjoying her job at the BBC, Flood craved the real life action and breathtaking scenery that comes from being right behind the lens and left to pursue her career as a wildlife filmmaker and photographer in March 2005.
Inspired by the work of Sir David Attenborough as a young girl, Flood had gone on to work in some of the most remote regions of the planet earning numerous accolades for her work including the Art Wolfe International Conservation Photographer of the Year award in 2008, the International Photographer of the Year – Special Award in 2009, as well as awards in the Travel Photographer of the Year contest in 2008 and 2009. Flood was also awarded the silver medal of the Royal Photographic Society in 2008 for her Nature photography.
Strong believers in conserving the natural environment of the Polar regions and protecting the wildlife for years to come, Allan and Flood have always felt strongly about the effect their expedition leaves on the environment and have always strived to make as little physical impact as possible when filming so that they may return again and again to capture these rare and beautiful sights.
“To modify an old adage, we try to ‘take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints’. The audience will be excited, touched and inspired by the remarkable images on the big screen, and the beauty of the music encompassing the imagery will reach into their emotions at a personal level, leaving them with a heightened awareness of the beauty yet extreme fragility of the Polar Regions,” said Allan.
About Mark Terry.
The addition of environmental spokesperson and filmmaker, Mark Terry, to the Polar team has allowed for a greater understanding of the current issues facing the Polar regions, something which the creators of Polar hope to pass on to their audience. Mark has recently completed filming The Polar Explorer (The Official COP16 Film) which provides a firsthand look into the effects of climate change.
Mark, a recently honoured member of the 106 year old Explorer’s Club has also won a number of awards throughout his documentary filmmaking career including 12 awards alone for his film, The Antarctic Explorer from, which was featured at film festivals across the globe.
“Polar is a truly unique production which showcases the unparalleled beauty of the Polar regions, giving everyone the chance to see such rare and incredible sights to the tune of the internationally renowned Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. It has been wonderful to have the opportunity to get involved with Polar and to see my footage become a part of such a exquisite film. We are certainly counting down the days until Polar’s World Premiere in Liverpool and I am looking forward to seeing where the show goes from here,” said Terry.
Combined with the phenomenal sounds of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra playing both classical and original score conducted by celebrated composer John Harle, Polar is set to be a feast for the senses and a family favorite for wildlife lovers of all ages.
For more information, visit www.polarconcert.com.
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