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International Filmmaker Doug Allan Plans Irish Tour

27th May 2021
Doug Allan at an Emperor penguin colony
Doug Allan at an Emperor penguin colony

When the Arctic walrus nicknamed “Wally” arrived in Kerry’s Valentia and then swam over to Wales, award-winning filmmaker Doug Allan was away working on a feature film in Nepal.

However, Allan has heard of such visits before – albeit unusual – and believes his survival chances could be “pretty good”.

He spoke about this and many other topics - including whether international mountaineering expeditions should be climbing in a country with a fragile health service like Nepal during a pandemic - in the second part of his interview with Wavelengths this week.

Doug Allan with walrusDoug Allan with walrus

The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Life, Human Planet, Frozen Planet, Expedition Iceberg, Forces of Nature are just some of the many documentaries which Allan has to his name.

Known as “Sir David Attenborough’s cameraman”, he has been described by the renowned broadcaster as “immune to most of the limitations that govern other humans” and “ totally without fear in a way that comes not from recklessness but from deep knowledge and experience.”

Doug Allan filming under the ice in the Arctic Doug Allan filming under the ice in the Arctic

Allan, who has a house in the west of Ireland, plans an Irish tour whenever it is safe to do so. He is author of Freeze Frame, published in 2012 and available in all good bookshops and here

Listen to part two of his Wavelengths interview below and part one here

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Lorna Siggins is a print and radio reporter, and a former Irish Times western correspondent. She is the author of Search and Rescue: True stories of Irish Air-Sea Rescues and the Loss of R116 (2022); Everest Callling (1994) on the first Irish Everest expedition; Mayday! Mayday! (2004); and Once Upon a Time in the West: the Corrib gas controversy (2010). She is also co-producer with Sarah Blake of the Doc on One "Miracle in Galway Bay" which recently won a Celtic Media Award

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