Filmmaker and photographer Richard Sidey has seen more beauty in his life than most of us could dream of. He has spent the last ten years traversing the wilderness of our planet's polar regions. Speechless: the Polar Realm is the accumulation of the footage he shot on his travels, a stunning visual essay. The film omits any narration, letting the images speak for themselves. After all, human intervention has already had enough of an impact on these awe-inspiring, but fragile, places.
Instead, the film is accompanied by a moving original score from local composer and sound artist Miriama Young. The pair have collaborated in the past, you can get a glimpse of the sublime result of their work coming together in the video for Miriama Young's Inner. Musicians Mirabai Peart and Ryan Francesconi help bring the bespoke score to life.
Films like this serve as a reminder of the diversity of the environments and fellow creatures that we are privileged to share Earth with. It's a must-see on the big screen — get ready to be blown away.
Screenings of Speechless: the Polar Realm will be accompanied by two shorts: The Characteristics of C-Minor and The Secret World of Tim.