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Synopsis

In a world first, celebrated author and conservationist Tim Winton takes us to one of the Earth’s last truly wild and intact places.  Western Australia’s global treasure, Ningaloo.

A region that has supported humans for over 40,000 years, where the desert meets the sea, Ningaloo is a wonderland of biodiversity and a refuge for many species endangered or extinct elsewhere.

On this personal and immersive journey, Tim celebrates some of Ningaloo’s many secrets and wonders, introduces us to its protectors and custodians, goes in search of new knowledge about its three mighty ecosystems, and showcases the region’s role as a beacon of hope amid our extinction crisis and climate emergency.

Its First Peoples call this global treasure Nyinggulu. The rest of us know it as Ningaloo.

Over three episodes, in the company of Traditional Owners, scientists, experts and friends, Tim learns more about how this World Heritage gem was formed in deep time; discovers the ways in which, against all odds, its local and global connections continue to sustain such a welter of abundance and diversity; and reflects upon what such a vanishingly rare place might tell us about our future as we embrace the many challenges of the Anthropocene.  The first in-depth documentary about one of the globe’s least-known marvels, written by its most prominent champion, this is a journey full of surprises and touching encounters with the people, creatures, and ecosystems of an unforgettable place.  Ningaloo Nyinggulu will astonish, inspire, and delight.

Filmed and Post Produced in Western Australia

on the Traditional Country of the Jinigudera peoples

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Production Information

Director

Peter Rees

Executive Producers

Celia Tait

Joan Peters

Production Manager/Line Producer

Karen Williams

Distributors

ABC

Love Nature

Key Locations

Ningaloo

Exmouth

Key WA Crew

Director of Photography

Torstein Dyrting

Andre Rerekura

Paul Bell

Editor

Meredith Watson Jeffrey

Peter Pritchard

Lawyer

Joan Peters

Luci Silverstrin

Accounts Manager

Tania Forlano

Production Coordinator

Amy Hammond

Jade Rice

Kirby Brierty

Violeta Jahnel Brosig (Vee)

Researcher

Katrina Tudor

Buddy Diver

Violeta Jahnel Brosig (Vee)

Bernie Nicholls

Elle Gillett

Danny Escourt

Camera Assistant

Jake Parker

Sara Barbiere

Anouska Freedman

Danny Escourt

Assistant Editor

Jake Parker

Callum McNeil

Saxon Wright

Henry Wilkinson

Sound Mix

Ric Curtin

Music Composer

Ash Gibson Grieg

Post Production House

Boogie Monster

Logging

Chris Walker

Transcription

Sarah Andreo Taylor

Graphic Artist

Daryll Bellotti

Graphics

Last Pixel Graphics

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