Mississippi

Tales of the Last River Rat

BBC NHU/Discovery/BBC Wordwide co-production

 

Producer/Director: Andrew Graham-Brown

Photographer: Neil Rettig

Film Editor: Nigel Buck

Series Editor: Tim Martin

 

An intimate and poetic portrayal of wildlife along the Upper Mississippi River - seen through the eyes of Kenny Salwey; a beguiling backwoodsman, storyteller and philosopher of nature, who has lived his life in a log cabin, a stone's throw from the water's edge.

This film is a sumptuous evocation of the outstanding natural beauty of one of America's most iconic rivers - a story that focuses on the plants and animals closest to the narrator's heart. Country blues combined with wild tracks recorded on location add an authentic atmosphere to the story of Kenny Salwey's deep, almost spiritual connection to the mighty Mississippi.


Awards

GRIERSON BRITISH DOCUMENTARY AWARDS
Science and Natural History 2005

EMMY AWARD
Cinematography 2006

ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY AWARD
Lighting Photography 2005

KODAK CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD
Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival 2005

BEST TELEVISION PROGRAMME AWARD
Missoula Wildlife Film Festival 2005

‘GRAND PRIX' and PUBLIC PRIZE
International Wildlife Film Festival, France 2006

BEST MUSIC
Wildscreen International Wildlife Film Festival 2006

FINALIST KODAK CINEMATOGRAPHY
Wildscreen International Wildlife Film Festival 2006

EMMY NOMINATION
Music and Sound 2006


Reviews

Nancy Banks-Smith, The Guardian
Kenny himself is one of those flowers who are born to bloom unseen unless they are spotted by a sympathetic producer and poetic photographer. (I had never noticed before how water behaves on a duck's back. It rolls around like mercury.) As the producer's name, Andrew Graham-Brown, suggests, this is a British production.

Radio Times
.....it's probably the most languorously beautiful film you've seen for sometime. There's a poetic quality about Andrew Graham-Brown's film....

Judy Adamson, The Sydney Morning Herald
If it were possible to give two upward thumbs, this documentary would easily earn the extra kudos.... Before long you're completely drawn in to his world and you feel a real pull of regret when the program ends and you have to leave.

The Observer
In terms of natural history film making this is an outstanding programme.

The Guardian
....an exquisitely filmed documentary....

Royal Television Society
Stunningly beautiful and poetic photography .... Sensuous and languid, the remarkable footage captured all the moods of the river at all times of day and year. Often complex filming techniques never got in the way of the subject or mood of the piece. This was a near-perfect piece of natural history filming.

 

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