I'd been holding back writing this month's update in the hope of having something positive to say but it's been another disappointing month with previous expressions of interest fading away.
Just to show that I have been trying, here's a list of the broadcasters and streaming services that have so far said it's not an important enough story for them to commission or distribute: BBC Natural History Unit, Channel 4, Discovery, Sky, Amazon, Netflix, National Geographic, History Channel, BBC Newsnight, Channel 4 News, Norwegian TV, ARD (German TV). Some of these broadcasters have been targeted on my behalf on several occasions by some of the UK's major production companies with far better access to the key people than me. The project has also been unsuccessful in obtaining support from some of the international environmental film funds and projects such as the Doc Society Climate Story Fund and the Climate Film Lab.
My problem is still that without a confirmed outlet and release date, its proving impossible to get the key interviews I need to finish the film. I therefore think I will aim to cut a short version with just commentary (not ideal) and release it on social media in the run up to COP26. This is not as effective as say getting a listing on Netflix, but it will at least get the story out there at a time when minds will be focussed on climate change.
Meanwhile I have negotiated an opportunity for some Arctic filming in March - more details of which in the March update which by my current standards will probably be delivered in April!
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