Australian Wildlife & Nature Documentaries

Is there anywhere else on Earth with wildlife as unique and amazing as Australia?

Little wonder there are some awesome films and docos out there focused on the continent as a whole, or just one specific location or species.

Project Manta

A fascinating Australian documentary about an ongoing study of the little known, highly intelligent and extremely large Manta Rays – the largest of all Rays. This film focuses on the work being carried out by scientists, which is the most comprehensive study ever carried out on these mysterious, and at risk, creatures of tropical waters.


Disneynature Wildlife & Nature Films

Disneynature – Monkey Kingdom

Disneynature films might not be everyone’s cup of tea, particularly if you’ve grown up watching and enjoying more traditional documentary styles. But one thing is for sure – Disney provides an excellent way to get the kids involved in watching nature films.

Take a break from fictional animation movies, and let them learn about the wild world of wildlife. In the case of Monkey Kingdom, our primate relatives are the stars.

A familiar name provides one of the voiceovers in Monkey Kingdom, in the form of Tina Fey (yes, she who does an impeccible impersonation of Sarah Palin). She makes this film fun, and at times, funny.

You’ll find yourself laughing at various moments throughout Monkey Kingdom, which is not something that can often be said for a wildlife doco!

There’s a big storyline with Monkey Kingdom, as you would expect from Disney. They make their documentaries to be as immersive and emotive as their movies and Monkey Kingdom is no exception.

With a name given to the lead character, Maya, we follow her as she brings a new son into the world and deals with the trials and tribulations of keeping him safe and helping him thrive; much the same as a human mother.

A great storyline, excellent entertaining narration and stunning photography make Monkey Kingdom a superb film for both adults and children. It certainly won’t disappoint if you like your wildlife films to be entertaining, dramatic and with a great storyline to boot.

Get it now at Amazon

Independent Wildlife Documentaries

Sharkwater

Sharkwater has won over 20 international awards making it one of the most succesful documentary films in recent times.

This is a film that is both stunning and haunting.

Rob Stewart’s passion for sharks is clear. But like so many people today are now aware, we have to do more than just admire these magnificent animals. They are at real risk of extinction due to the trade in shark fins throughout Asia.

Not only that, but the cruelty of the shark fin industry is also exposed in Sharkwater and this provides some disturbing, but absolutely important, scenes during the film.

Things to know about Sharkwater:

  • You’ll learn about Sea Shepherd and how that organizatio is working to help save sharks
  • Find out how “shark fin soup” – the trade in shark fins in Asia – is wiping out sharks all over the planet
  • Yes, there are some disturbing and graphic scenes in Sharkwater as the reality of the killing of sharks needs to be seen if people are to be aware of what’s happening
  • Sharkwater was created in 2006 so it is interesting to compare the state of shark conservation back then to now, in 2016, ten years later.

Sharkwater has become a very important player in the expose of the shark fin industry, and continues to provide a reference point for people who are not aware of the plight of the world’s sharks.

This is more than just another wildlife documentary. Sharkwater is one of the most important films of our times and is a must watch for anyone who cares about the magnifence of these ancient animals, the beauty of our oceans, and the peril that it faces on a daily basis at the hands of humans.


Water Life

This is an interesting boxset, with 375 minutes of footage dedicated specifically to aquatic life and environments. Not a big budget BBC or National Geographic production, Water Life makes up in substance what it might slightly lack in cinematography standards.

It is a special production developed in conjunction with a number of conservation groups like WWF, coupled with Caribbean International Networks.

There is a good deal of spectacular close up footage here where very fine details of animals can be admired like scales, as well as some lovely panning landscape shots.

Don’t expect another Blue Planet when you sit down to watch Water Life, but do expect to be entertained about some of the lesser filmed creatures and ecosystems.