News 28.01.22

BREATHTAKING NINGALOO WITH TIM WINTON DOCUMENTARY SERIES IN PRODUCTION IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA



The renowned, award-winning Australian author is set to introduce audiences to WA’s Ningaloo Coast in this three-part series produced by Artemis Media in association with Matter of Factual.

Screenwest is thrilled to announce Ningaloo with Tim Wintona breathtaking three-part ABC documentary series is in production in Western Australia.

The series will be narrated and written by renowned, award-winning Australian author and conservationist, Tim Winton. (Blueback, Dirt Music, Cloudstreet, Breath).

Winton will share stories of the animals and people drawn to Ningaloo’s isolation and landscape – a biodiversity hotspot that survives in near pristine condition due to its isolation. Ningaloo contains one of the largest fringing coral reefs on earth and is a UNESCO World Heritage site on the northwest coast of Western Australia.

“This is a deeply personal journey for me. Ningaloo has had an enormous impact on my life and work, and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pay homage through new science, ancient knowledge and a shared ethic of stewardship.”

Tim Winton
Tim Winton. Courtesy of Artemis Media – for Ausfilm

Ningaloo with Tim Winton will reveal a bewildering diversity of wildlife, including one of the only whale shark aggregation sites, the world’s largest humpback whale nursery, a sea snake hotspot, and a refuge for ancient troglobites in the region’s 800+ caves. The series will highlight Ningaloo’s three main ecosystems, the Ningaloo Reef, Cape Range and the Exmouth Gulf, while also showing how they interact with one another and how each have evolved over time.

Screenwest is thrilled to support this series through the State Government and Western Australian Screen Fund – we can’t wait to see it showcase the incredible natural beauty of the Coral Coast to audiences across Australia and the world.”

Rikki Lea Bestall, Screenwest CEO.

Bestall goes on to say, “Having had a number of his much-loved novels adapted into WA feature films and TV series over the last decade, this is a fantastic opportunity for Tim Winton to step in front of the camera. We wish him and the Artemis team the very best for the production.”

“WA has some of the most stunning locations for film shoots in the world, and the Western Australian Screen Fund has been doing a fantastic job of establishing our State’s status as a major draw for screen production. Ningaloo with Tim Winton will also bring significant spend to the Gascoyne, and the local economic benefits are set to be significant to the region.”

Minister David Templeman, Minister for Tourism; Culture and the Arts.

Ningaloo with Tim Winton is produced for Love Nature, a wildlife and nature brand with streaming platforms available in 135+ countries, and ABC by Artemis Media in association with Matter of Factual. Tim Winton is Writer and Narrator, Peter Rees (Mythbusters) is Director, Producer and Co-writer, and Celia Tait is an Executive Producer for Artemis Media. Executive Producer for Love Nature is James Manfull. Flame Distribution oversees worldwide distribution.

Artemis Media is based in Fremantle, Western Australia and specialises in thought-provoking, entertaining television for Australia and the international market. It is renowned for making stories that inspire, delight and inform. The production company’s most recent release, Australia’s Health Revolution with Dr Michael Mosley, was named by SBS as one of their top three titles for 2021 across the whole network schedule and across all genres.

Ningaloo with Tim Winton will premiere on the ABC and internationally in 2023.

Production credit: An Artemis Media production in association with Matter of Factual with major production funding from Screenwest, Lotterywest and the Western Australia Screen Fund in association with Screen Australia. Financed with support from the ABC and Love Nature.

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