Last November, eight million people in Britain were enthralled by the BBC TV documentary, Dynasties, about emperor penguins, narrated by Sir David Attenborough. The media loved it too – Simon Mayo on BBC Radio 2 called it “as close to art as television can get”.
29-year-old cameraman Lindsay McCrae, spent an extraordinary year in the Antarctic living alongside the most resilient creatures in nature: emperor penguins. Filming the entire lifecycle of these magnificent birds, Lindsay endured unimaginable weather conditions witnessed behaviour new to science and all the while living isolated on an Antarctic ice shelf for an entire winter that lasts 8 months. Who could also forget the intervention he and the crew took to save the penguins from death in the storm?
Despite this expedition being the culmination of a childhood dream – sacrifices were inevitable and for the first time he shares not only the harsh reality of spending hours in the freezing arctic outdoors, but also how the personal obstacles of being over 15,000km from home with no way back for a whole year, proved almost too much, including being absent for the birth of his first son.
BAFTA award-winning cameraman, Lindsay McCrae will be joining us to give an illustrated talk on My Penguin Year: Life with the Emperors, on Thurs 24th October.