ODDBALL: THE NATURE OF A MOVIE

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SERIES

MY ROLES:

Documentary Camera, Shooter/Producer

PRODUCTION YEARS

2014-2015

DURATION:

5 x 60 minutes

SYNOPSIS:

This National Geographic Australia documentary series recounts the amazing true story of a penguin colony on a tiny Australian island saved from the brink of extinction by unlikely heroes – Italian Maremma guardian dogs.

In a world first wildlife experiment the courageous community of the town of Warrnambool, together with dedicated volunteers and environment authorities, fought against the odds to rescue the defenceless little penguins after foxes had reduced their number from several hundred to just four surviving birds.

When all hope seemed lost they adopted the idea of a local chicken farmer who was ridiculed when he suggested that Maremma dogs were the penguins’ last chance against the marauding fox menace.

The five one-hour episodes recount the highs and lows of the real-life Maremma project, examine the Little Penguin species, the role of guardian animals, and the ongoing battle to save Australia’s native animals from introduced pests and predators.

DISTRIBUTION:

Australian Broadcaster: National Geographic Channel

RECEPTION:

Highest rating show on the National Geographic Channel in 2015.

CREW:

Writer: WAYNE DYER

Producer: WAYNE DYER

Researcher: NARRELLE VANCE

Production Coordinator: ANNA WOODLEY

Documentary Camera: LACHLAN RYAN, MICK PURDY, ROD CAMPBELL, MATT NELSON

BTS Producer: WARREN SEVEL

Shooter Producer: LACHLAN RYAN

Executive Producers: STEVE OEMCKI, DARYL TALBOT, FRANK DUNPHY