Culture / Film

‘River’ is a new nature film created with the Australian Chamber Orchestra that explores the bond between man and water

If you're a lover of nature documentaries and films, then you'll be intrigued by a new project created in collaboration with The Australian Chamber Orchestra. It's a film called River, a story that documents the age old human relationship these bodies of water.

The human connection to water is deep and complex. In ancient times, it was rare to find a city was wasn't near to a stream or spring. Even as the world has advanced, most major hubs surround a river of some kind. Take Paris, London, Cairo, even Brisbane, cities that all thrive and survive thanks to their rivers.

Directed by celebrated Australian nature filmmaker Jennifer Peedom, and co-directed by acclaimed composer and creative Joseph Nizeti, River is a spectacle. With music by Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Rivers takes you on a journey to discover some of the fundamental truths about ourselves as a species.

Since the beginning, rivers have guided human civilisation. They provide food, a means of transport and trade and of course, water. River takes us across six continents, over the vast vein-like waterways. With incredible cinematography, including images taken from satellites, we see these expansive bodies of water like never before. These powerful waters carve into landscapes, sculpt through rock, overflow and drown the surrounding lands. Yet, at the same time they are incredibly vulnerable, existing in a balance that needs to be respected in order for their survival.

Narrated by Willem Dafoe, this film comes from the director that brought us Solo, Miracle on Everest, Sherpa and Mountain. We see text by Robert Macfarlane, music by Richard Tognetti, alongside the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO). Plus, more music by Jonny Greenwood and Radiohead.

You can catch River with The Australian Chamber Orchestra live when it tours through Australia through July and August - pending COVID-19 restrictions. See dates at venues including Sydney Recital Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre and Melbourne Hamer Hall Arts Centre. But first, watch the trailer below.

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