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Captain Gary Wilson and the crew aboard Coral Discoverer take centre stage in a new Slow TV special program, which was filmed on board during the final voyage of our 2018 Kimberley season.
Following on from the huge success of a similar style special on The Ghan last year, SBS approached Coral Expeditions to see if we would be willing assist with the production of a new premier special, The Kimberley Cruise: Australia’s Last Great Wilderness.
The special has been produced in a 3-hour version for prime time SBS One viewing and then the following week, a more detailed 14 hour version will be aired in full on the SBS Viceland channel or online at SBS On Demand.
The voyage, departing from Broome, travels the expanse of the Kimberley Coast over 10 days and features truly spectacular scenery and images from the Horizontal Waterfalls of Talbot Bay, the rushing tides at Whirlpool passage, breathtaking aerial sequences of Montgomery Reef emerging from the depths and the contrasting colours of the Kimberley coastline and escarpment. The film crew also managed to capture some rare and amazing wildlife footage including breaching humpback whales and a hungry crocodile feasting on a sea turtle.
A year in the making, the program was an exciting collaboration for our team. The camera crew travelled on board and the production features footage from over 15 different camera positions which unveil a wonderful insight into life on board and the behind the scenes workings of Coral Discoverer. Some of the fascinating sequences include the crew in action on the ropes as they depart Broome Wharf, superb aerial sequences of the vessel, and views from the bow wave and even the anchor.
Captain Gary Wilson described the trip as having “the perfect Kimberley conditions with light winds, sunny days and very large tidal movements, ensuring that the best of the Kimberley was on show.”
“The crew and guests loved being involved and are eagerly anticipating the show and sharing the magic moments of their adventure. In order to ensure there was no impact or interruption of any description during the trip, Coral Discoverer was manned with 2 additional crew to wrangle the production team, their use of zodiacs and the Xplorer, and to ensure they were able to get ahead, behind and above the ship to capture her in action.”
The genre of Slow TV had its origins in Norway in the 2000’s. It is a marathon coverage of an event, capturing a more complete version of its duration in real time and without the interruptions of narrative and advertising. Early versions concentrated on rail journeys in Europe and the style of production has been called immersive, hypnotizing and an alternative to the noise and the busy pace of modern life. For SBS, it is also an innovative way to explore lesser-known parts of Australia.
As the Australian pioneer of the region and with over 25 years cruising these waters, we are very pleased with the opportunity to share this wonderful region with a wider audience. We invite you all to tune in and enjoy the show, whether it be an opportunity to reminisce on your past voyages, or to find inspiration for your future travels.