Love Nature is prepping After the Wildfires, an hour-long special on the wildfires that ravaged Australia, centered on the animals that struggled to survive the disaster and the people who worked to save them.
Produced by Sydney-based Northern Pictures, the documentary includes dramatic footage of the fires as they spread across 20 million acres of Australian land, alongside firsthand stories of the ongoing recovery efforts. A Love Nature original commission, After the Wildfires is co-produced by ABC in Australia, CBC in Canada and Blue Ant International. Blue Ant International will also oversee pre-sales and licensing exclusively outside of the commissioning territories.
Carlyn Staudt, global general manager of Love Nature, said: “After the Wildfires is an incredibly timely and compelling look at just how fragile our natural world is. Northern Pictures was the perfect production partner to capture the breathtaking essence of Australia and reveal the overwhelming impact that the fires had on the landscape and the animals, and profile the people who are dedicating their lives to help.”
Ludo Dufour, senior VP of international co-productions and sales at Blue Ant International, said: “Blue Ant International has made a considerable investment in this important program because it shines a light on the long-term impact of the Australian fires and takes audiences beyond the news accounts that the entire world watched in 2019. This documentary provides an up-close look at the toll those fires had and the universal call to action to protect the world’s megadiverse habitats.”
Karina Holden, executive producer of Northern Pictures, added: “Fire has shaped Australia for millennia, however, last year’s devastation shows just how climate change is increasing the scale and intensity of these fires and destroying entire ecosystems. The footage we were able to capture tells an important story that we all need to conserve and maintain our amazing biodiversity.”