Two part nature doco Rottnest Island: Kingdom of the Quokka, produced by WA-based production company Sea Dog, will air later this month on National Geographic.
This is narrated by WA-trained actor William McInnes.
The mysterious Quokka dubbed the happiest animal on earth is the biggest star of Sea Dog TV’s latest and unique wildlife film Rottnest Island Kingdom of the Quokka. This cute and cuddly marsupial has starred in many celebrity selfies and instantly shot to fame last year when tennis star Roger Federer posted a picture with the Quokka. But this furry animal is more than a celebrity, the Quokka is secretive and incredibly tough, with this film revealing a different side to this popular and likeable marsupial. Rottnest Island Kingdom of the Quokka also explores the animals of the surrounding islands and marine wonderland; the Little Penguins from the aptly named Penguin Island, the thorn between the two roses – the venomous Tiger Snakes of Carnac Island as well as Humpback Whales, Bottlenose Dolphins and the incredibly rare Australian Sea Lion.
For the first time ever these animals of Rottnest, Penguin and Carnac Islands and their incredible marine environment are filmed in cinema-quality 4K video, including slow-motion, starlight and infra-red cameras to capture the majesty of behaviour amongst all species and footage rarely seen in the depths of night. 4K drones penetrate the crystal-clear waters from above to capture hunting, foraging and social behaviour on these islands off the far west coast.
Rottnest Island Kingdom of the Quokka mainly features the life cycle of the Quokka colony on Rottnest Island. These diminutive and meek marsupials seem to live idyllic lives on an island with no predators. But times are tough. vhere is very little, if no fresh water and the constant harassment by males takes its physical toll on the females. Add to that extreme heat and the pressure on these small marsupials is incredible. See how they have survived to become one of nature’s truly majestical species.
Narrated by Logie award winning actor, William McInnes and produced by Four-time Emmy® Award nominee Leighton De Barros and Jodie De Barros, and written and directed by Leighton De Barros and Jonathon Rowdon from WA’s Sea Dog TV International, Rottnest Island Kingdom of the Quokka will instil wonderment, admiration and respect for our natural environment for audiences both in Australia and across the globe.
Sunday December 16 & 23 at 8:30pm on National Geographic.