‘River’ director Jennifer Peedom.
Following her record-setting box-office hits with the documentaries Sherpa (2016) and Mountain (2017) – which took $1.6m and $2.13m worldwide respectively – director Jennifer Peedom now offers another remarkable, visually striking film.
In River Peedom and her team – including some of the world’s leading nature cinematographers and with a musical score from the Australian Chamber Orchestra – present a visual essay tracking the history of rivers and their interaction with human civilization.
The ever-timely issue of balance is at the heart of River, highlighting the damage that occurs when a once-harmonious relationship becomes exploitative.
Preparing for the film’s release, director Jennifer Peedom carved out some time in her time-stressed day to take a few questions about the making of the film, the amazing cinematography, its central message and her thoughts about the narration.
The interview was conducted on Thursday 17 March, 2022.
00:00 The record-breaking Success of Sherpa and Mountain;
01:15 Why Mountain struck a chord;
01:50 River, the best Imax film Max never made;
02:40 How she wants these films to resonate;
03:28 “I’m not an activist filmmaker but this film was, in part, a response to what is going on in our world in the environment”;
03:55 “This film needed to be more urgent”;
04:20 Her agenda with River;
05:00 Showing rivers as veins and arteries;
06:30 Assembling and organizing footage; the impact of Covid;
08:00 Tapping into a world network of cinematographers;
09:55 That amazing drone tracking shot; Ralph Hogenbirk @shaggyfpv;
12:30 Does the film need the narration?;
14:40 Koyaanisqatsi & Baraka;
16:12 World sales – what happens with the release in Russia?;
18:20 Next film, about Tenzing Norgay.