Cameras roll on Stan’s original documentary Revealed: Reefshot
Brisbane-based production company WildBear Entertainmentis currently filming a Stan Original feature documentary on the Great Barrier Reef and the power of conservation. Title Revealed: Reefshot and hailed as a testament to people power in action, the 80-minute nature activism documentary is supported by the Queensland Government through the Screen Funding Scheme and Screen Queensland Regional Incentive, and Principal Investment of production from Screen Australia.
First Annastacia Palaszczuk said the production highlights the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef – one of the world’s greatest natural attractions.
“Supported by our government, Revealed: Reefshot will splash the Great Barrier Reef onto the small screen and inject $680,000 into the state’s economy,” the Premier said.
“It’s wonderful to see streaming platforms like Stan embracing Queensland-created content on our state’s most notable, yet vulnerable features.”
Director Matt Tomaszewski is currently filming around Cairns, with filming planned around Townsville and Heron Island in central Queensland.
The documentary tells the story of some of the reef’s most loyal citizens who race against time to turn the tide of the danger facing the world’s largest living organism.
Cairns-based environmentalist Andy RileyCEO of Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef and Founder of Earth Hour, leads a team of scientists and activists to survey the far reaches of the Great Barrier Reef by uploading reconnaissance data to one of the largest natural censuses undertaken in human history, filling data gaps for the conservation of this iconic ecosystem.
Ridley is also an executive producer, alongside chris chard (Bump, Romper Stomper) and the pioneer team of the Great Reef Census, and Cailah Scobie and Amanda Duthie for Stan.
The documentary has a strong First Nations focus, featuring the Yirrganydji Native Land and Sea Rangers, who use millennial First Nations science to lead cutting-edge reef rehabilitation programs.
Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich said it was another example of local screen companies successfully creating content for large audiences through popular streaming services.
“Queensland’s WildBear Entertainment is one of the state’s most successful local producers, with a number of other Screen Queensland-supported documentaries including Gem Hunters Down Under, Demolition Down Under, Hating Peter Tatchell and the long awaited Ford versus Holden“, Munnich said.
“Cairns-based Biopixel, whose previous work includes David Attenboroughit is Life in colorwill provide spectacular underwater cinematography, using state-of-the-art equipment and expertise.
Executive producer Andy Ridley said:Revealed: Reefshot relies on the power of the citizen to help achieve the scale needed to meet the vast conservation challenges that lie ahead.
“The Great Barrier Reef is probably the best place on the planet to remind people of what’s at stake and mobilize them to help.”
Far North Queensland Screen Champion Curtis Pit said the production is another example of the success of the Queensland Government’s three-year Far North Queensland strategic screen production plan, aimed at increasing production in the region.
“The plan was aimed at developing the local screen industry and attracting more big budget projects to the region, to utilize our spectacular locations such as Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef,” said pitt.
“It is doing just that, including building the $12.8 million Screen Queensland Studios in Cairns, which is expected to be operational in 2023.”
Revealed: Reefshot received the main production investment from the federal government agency Screen Australia in association with Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef.
Stan’s Original Documentary Revealed: Reefshot will premiere on Stan in 2022.