Doug Allan is an award-winning natural history photographer, documentary filmmaker, diver, author, and public speaker. He will be touring the UK this Autumn with his latest show It’s A Wrap, sharing his extraordinary filming challenges and successes.
Part retrospective, the show is also Doug’s perspective on climate change and its impacts on the world’s wild places. What change of emphasis and direction should we now be incorporating in wildlife films?
Doug says: “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.”
In his 35 years of filming, Doug’s been involved with more than 65 films, freelancing for the BBC, Discovery, National Geographic and others. He was principal cameraman on many prestigious award-winning programmes, making over 25 trips to the Antarctic and more than 30 across the Arctic, filming for series including Hostile Planet, Forces of Nature, Operation Iceberg, Frozen Planet, Ocean Giants, Human Planet, Life, Planet Earth, The Blue Planet and Life in the Freezer.
Doug speaks with passion and authority about the challenges of plastics and climate change. His topside and underwater filming – from the ice-covered polar seas to tropical coral reefs – combined with his scientific credentials as a marine biologist, have given Doug unparalleled first-hand experience and a unique long-term perspective on these issues which are now severely impacting our environment. He was one of the cameramen for, and appeared in, the award-winning documentary A Plastic Ocean.
9 September Winchester, Theatre Royal
11 September Ilkley, King’s Hall
12 September Buxton, Opera House
13 September Louth, Riverhead
17 September Yeovil, Westlands
3 October Morecambe, Platform
4 October Stafford, Gatehouse
5 October Guildford, Yvonne Arnauld
6 October Exeter, Northcott
7 October Paignton, Palace
9 October Folkestone, The Leas Cliff Hall
10 October St Albans Arena
11 October Newbury, Corn Exchange
14 October Tunbridge Wells, Trinity Theatre
15 October Shrewsbury, Theatre Severn
16 October Loughborough, Victoria Room
19 October Frome, Cheese and Grain
22 October High Wycombe, Old Town Hall
23 October Royal Spa Centre, Leamington
24 October Worcester, Huntingdon Hall
25 October Bristol, 1532
27 October Bishop Auckland, Town Hall
29 October Teignmouth, Pavilion
30 October Chelthenham, Pillar Room
For tickets: https://dougallan.com/