Wilderland: The touring film festival focusing on saving the planet.
Zoologist filmmakers Dan O’Neill and Isaac Rice founded the Wilderland Film Festival to inspire people to think about conserving the natural world. O’Neill explains the importance of natural history flmmaking in this moment of climate crisis.
The Big Issue: What was the idea behind Wilderland Film Festival?
Dan O’Neill: I was working as a habitat structural scientist looking at long-term species diversity in the Amazon and the Yucatán. But it is difficult to reach a wider audience with on-the-ground conservation work, as important as it is.
Myself and Isaac came to realise that the best way to communicate messages of science is through film and applied, independently, for the BBC Natural History Unit collaboration Masters course in wildlife filmmaking at the University of the West of England.