ABC has teamed up with BBC for a feature documentary looking at rivers on six continents.
River is being produced by Stranger Than Fiction Films (Australia in Colour, David Stratton: A Cinematic Life) and Arrow Pictures in the UK.
Spanning six continents, and drawing on extraordinary contemporary cinematography, including satellite filming, the film shows rivers on scales and from perspectives never seen before.
Described as a unique cinematic and musical collaboration between the ACO and BAFTA-nominated director Jennifer Peedom, River features specially-composed music by the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Richard Tognetti and a narration script by author Robert Macfarlane. The score also features music from Jonny Greenwood and Radiohead.
The film is directed by Jennifer Peedom, co-directed by Joseph Nizeti and produced by Jo-anne McGowan and Jennifer Peedom from Stranger than Fiction and John Smithson from Arrow Pictures.
Jennifer Peedom, Producer, Director and Co-Founder, Stranger Than Fiction, says: “As Mountain drew its audience up to the highest world’s most formidable summits, so River will draw its audiences in to explore the arteries of the planet.
“This is not a traditional theatrical documentary. The phenomenal global success of Mountain shows that audiences worldwide have a huge appetite for a different kind of experience. Its union of image, music and sparse, poetic script will ensure that River is both dream-like and powerful.”
Bernadine Lim, Head of Documentary at Screen Australia, said: “We are proud to fund this documentary from an award-winning team which will take audiences on a breathtaking journey across six continents, exploring and celebrating rivers here in Australia and around the world. I have no doubt River is set to be another landmark cinema experience.”
Kalita Corrigan, Executive Producer for ABC Arts, said: “An exquisite film, River is also a powerful and timely reminder of our responsibility to our ancestors downstream. ABC Arts is proud to bring this cinematic experience into Australian homes.”