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Earth-Touch’s “Gannets” migrate to Japan, France

London- and South Africa-based wildlife specialist Earth-Touch has sold its debut hour-long HD documentary Gannets - The Wrong Side Of The Run (pictured) into Japan and France.
March 29, 2011

London- and South Africa-based wildlife specialist Earth-Touch has sold its debut hour-long HD documentary Gannets – The Wrong Side Of The Run (pictured) into Japan and France.

NHK and ARTE have acquired the film, the latter covering France and Germany, adding to previous sales of the doc to the UK’s Eden channel and U.S. cable network Smithsonian Channel.

The doc explores the movement of two massive sardine populations that originate from the single stock at Cape Aghulas, located at the tip of South Africa, and the effect they have on the food chain of a huge diversity of wildlife, in particular the Cape Gannet.

Chris Fletcher, Earth-Touch’s director of sales and programming, said: “The success of our first film with these major broadcasters is a tribute to the truly exceptional camera talent we have at our disposal in South Africa.”

Earth-Touch will be attending MIPTV in Cannes next week with five new one-hour HD documentaries, including Dolphins – Beauty before Brains?, Boteti – The Returning River; Lost Lagoon; Deep Blue Dive; and Trouble in Lemurland. The latter focuses on the threats facing the Silky Sifaka Lemur in Madagascar.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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