The man behind some of David Attenborough’s most beloved documentaries is going on tour.
Award-winning filmmaker Doug Allan will be stepping out from behind the camera and introducing himself to audiences on his nationwide tour, It’s A Wrap.
In the show, the cameraman will be sharing behind-the-scenes stories from documentaries such as Frozen Planet and the Blue Planet and talking about his time working with acclaimed broadcaster David Attenborough.
“My big break happened when I was 24 years old, and I got a job as the diving officer for the British Antarctic Survey on Signy Island,” says Doug, who has been working in the industry for 35 years. “I was doing lots of dives, taking photographs for the scientists. It was wonderful, but also very isolated: we were away for nine months at a time in a place where the sea froze over.
“At the end of that first winter, I met David Attenborough for the first time. He was working with a film crew, and they came ashore at Signy and I worked with them, taking them to the places where I knew they’d get the best shots. That was the first time I’d seen a film crew like that in action, and it made me realise this was my calling.”
“Blue Planet, in 2001, put the story of the filmmaker into the frame. Until that point my name just whizzed by on the credits; but Blue Planet turned the spotlight on how the films were made, and that became a very popular part of the programme. So from then on I wasn’t just making films, I was telling people about how I made the films as well.”
The new tour is also a chance for Doug to share his perspective on climate change and the impact it is having on wildlife all over the world.
His time filming in environments such as ice-covered seas and tropical coral reefs, alongside his work on the award-winning documentary A Plastic Ocean, means he has seen the aftermath of climate change first-hand.
“There are big days when animals behave spectacularly right in front of your lens. And other quieter times when a deeper understanding reveals itself, a new insight into the environment and what’s alive there. I’ll be talking about these moments of truth and how they’re the biggest privilege of a wildlife cameraperson.”
“I’ve always balanced optimism with reality but the latest world climate report lays bare the need for radical, urgent action. There are solutions, and I want to talk about them. They’re all challenging, some are scary and depend on us making deep changes to how we live. The planet’s at a crossroads and we’re at the wheel. The next few years are going to be exciting.”
Doug Allan will be at the Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone on Monday, October 9. Tickets can be purchased with an exclusive 20% discount online here.
The show will also be at the Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells on Saturday, October 14. You can book tickets online here.
You can find tickets for all tour dates on dougallan.com.