An Eye Below Zero

With Doug Allan

Did you ever wonder how to approach belugas underwater? Get up close and personal with polar bears without being eaten? Stop your fingers falling off from frostbite? How much do wildlife programme makers rely on scientists, and do our programmes ever contribute to scientific discoveries?

Doug Allan is one of the world’s best known and respected cameramen, and in this presentation, he’ll be sharing his own personal insights about marine biology, diving, and filming at the poles.

“For me, wildlife cameramen don’t come much more special than Doug. There’s just no one else who knows these frozen worlds as he does.”
Sir David Attenborough

Illustrated with his own photographs and clips from his best-known series, and with a wealth of behind the scenes stories – Doug’s aim is to amaze, inspire and challenge. Because in the forty years since Doug first went to Antarctica, he’s witnessed first hand how the warming of the poles and the changing ice is affecting the animals north and south. What should we be doing to turn the tide?

Doug will have copies of his book for sale – Freeze Frame – a Wildlife Cameraman’s Adventures on Ice.

Doug spent eight years in Antarctica as a research diver, scientist and photographer for the British Antarctic Survey, before changing direction to full time filming in 1984. Since then he has become one of the world’s best known and respected cameramen. He specialises in natural history, expeditions and science documentaries in some of the wildest and most remote places on our planet, particularly the polar zones. Over his career, he’s filmed for series like The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet, Ocean Giants, Operation Iceberg and Forces of Nature, as well as making programmes for the Living Oceans Foundation about coral reef conservation and overfishing.

His photographic awards include eight Emmys and five BAFTAs. He has four Honorary Doctorates in recognition of his camerawork, as well as two Polar Medals. He’s an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and of the Royal Photographic Society.

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Friday 26 October
6.30pm–7.30pm
Venue: Norwich School, Blake Studio
Cost: £15, £10 concessions
Age: 10+

Tickets go off-sale 15 hours prior to the event. Tickets may be available at The Forum’s ticket office on the day. All attendees need a ticket. Under 12s must be accompanied.