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Through exclusive access and a number of world-firsts spearheading production, TV and VR production company White Spark Pictures has been authorised by the Australian Antarctic Division to begin filming a two-hour documentary series, Birth of an Icebreaker: RSV Nuyina.
White SPark 1 Feb 2022
The inaugural resupply voyage of the $528 million icebreaker is scheduled for 9 February from Hobart Tasmania and the vessel, described as a unique, once-in-a-generation ship, is claimed to be the world’s pre-eminent icebreaker, able to go further, travel faster and carry more vital cargo, as well as undertake crucial world-leading scientific research. White Spark says it may just hold the key to unlocking the importance of Antarctica to the future of our planet.

With exclusive access across two Antarctic seasons, the new series will combine novel technology, feats of engineering and logistics, a range of cutting-edge scientific endeavours, and elements of observational documentary. It will tell the story of RSV Nuyina’s design and construction in Europe, its first season on the notorious Southern Ocean, the scientific research that it facilitates, and its long-awaited welcome at Australia’s research stations in Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic. The White Spark Pictures team will be embedded with the 118 crew and expeditioners for the entire six-week long voyage, and an over-ice resupply mission next summer, capturing every moment of delight or drama, plus every ‘first’ for this important vessel.

Joining Briege Whitehead, founder and creative director at White Spark Pictures and the producer’s team as director of photography will be Michael Haluwana, a renowned and award-winning cinematographer and photographer. His credits include the BBC’s Planet Earth II, where he worked alongside Sir David Attenborough.

Commenting on the voyage, Whitehead said: “I am beyond excited to be returning to Antarctica and to be travelling there on this momentous and history-making voyage. The Australian Antarctic Programme has placed a great deal of trust in us, and we cannot wait to capture its latest acquisition, ground-breaking work - especially in the vital area of climate change - and the wide range of incredible characters who work tirelessly under challenging conditions. This epic journey into the ice – and our future – onboard the ultimate ship of the future – will allow us to show the world how science in Antarctica is evolving and how the people who live and work there are uniquely supported.”

Expected to deliver in 2023, Birth of an Icebreaker: RSV Nuyina, is being represented for international co-production and pre-sale by Wild Thring Media. In addition to this first two-hour documentary series, the voyages to Antarctica will also lay the groundwork and deploy cameras for a second two-hour series, Hunt for the Million Year ice Core. This series will follow the hunt for the ‘Holy Grail’ of climate change understanding - a million-year ice core - and is destined to be a landmark scientific mystery and adventure series.