Photo (Above) by Tom Mangelsen (Below) by Tom Mangelsen and L. Campbell
Award-winning filmmaker and wildlife enthusiast, Hugh Miles, is returning to the Allendale Centre in Wimborne to show his BAFTA award winning film ‘Tiger’ and an exclusive screening of his new film about the River Allen project.
Raising money for the River Allen
This is the second time Hugh has helped raise money for the Dorset Wildlife Trust’s River Allen Project, which aims to restore natural features, improve water flow and provide cleaner gravel for the benefit of its vulnerable wildlife. The river, which runs through Wimborne, provides habitats for a huge diversity of wildlife, including the white clawed crayfish, brown trout and the endangered water vole.
Hugh has made 60 wildlife films including a host of award-winning films, including Life in the Freezer, Puma: Lion of the Andes and People of the Sea. He has a personal interest in the River Allen, which is near his home town in Dorset.
Hugh said: “Chalk streams are rare there’s about 160 left in the world and England has 80-85% of them - the River Allen is one of the best examples in the world. I have been a life-long member of DWT and I want to help raise money for it and connect it with the local community whilst doing my bit to make it a better place for wildlife. The film demonstrates the power of volunteering and what can be achieved in a very short time. I hope it goes some way to raising some funds to keep the work on the river going.”
BAFTA award-winning Tiger film
The BAFTA winning film, ‘Tiger’, is a beautiful story of the time Hugh spent with a tigress called Lakshmi (the goddess of Fortune) in India. He developed a very special bond with this female in order to film her raising her three cubs in a challenging and harsh environment. Hugh said: “One of the joys of the job is being trusted by animals it is a wonderful experience and tigers are beautiful, majestic creatures. They are absolutely fascinating to watch.”
After the films, Hugh will be answering questions from the audience about his wildlife filming experiences. The Hugh Miles Film and talk is on Friday 29th November at the Allendale Centre in Wimborne. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for children, in aid of Dorset Wildlife Trust’s River Allen Project. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start.
How to book
You can book securely online by clicking here or ringing 01305 264620 to book by telephone.
Hugh Miles Awards include:
- British Academy Awards (BAFTAs) for best cinematography in Tiger, Life in the Freezer and Survival plus 6 nominations for Kingdom of the Ice Bear
- EMMY’s: 1986 Winner for Kingdom of the Ice Bear
- 1993 Cinematography winner for Young Indiana Jones
- 1994 Winner for Winter Days
- 2000 Nomination for Tiger
- 2006 Nomination for Snow Leopard
- Other awards include several at the ‘green Oscars’ Wildscreen Pandas and the Jackson Hole Film Festival.
Dorset Wild Rivers is led by Dorset Wildlife Trust and funded by Wessex Water, Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the Environment Agency. Partners in the project include Purbeck Heritage Committee, Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG), Dorset Biodiversity Partnership, Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Queen Mary University of London, Environment Agency and Natural England.
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.