Magical Land of Oz

AKA Australia: Earth’s Magical Kingdom (UK version)

3 X 1 HOUR | 2018 | PRODUCED FOR ABC TV, BBC & PBS | coproduction with oxford scientific films

Across Australia, as the dawn rises the marsupials go to bed – except for the ones that don’t – because there are exceptions to every rule in this land of ancient wonders, big skies and jewelled seas. Magic does not have rules. It has splendid dragons, saltwater monsters and dancing spiders.

MAGICAL LAND OF OZ offers a blue chip, continent wide series ranging from the land’s highest snow peaks to the depths of the frigid and wild southern seas; from its last populations of wild numbats to its largest diorama of giant cuttlefish. It’s a land of diverse beauty, that delights and surprises. The series both entertains and deepens our understanding of how the natural world is made up of not just unique species, but distinct individuals, whose lives are far from predictable.

Using the latest camera technology we capture animal populations only recently discovered and behaviours not associated with species we thought we knew well. We meet animal characters so enigmatic, most Australians are unaware they share not just their island continent – but their own suburban backyards.

We reveal the challenges these animals must navigate in a land of extremes, and extreme human-induced change. To do this, we fill the screen with colour, dance, acrobatics, music, mating and murder – all performed by the animals which make Australia a truly magical land.  

Banner image: Michael Doe

LINKS

Magical Land of Oz on Gogglebox Australia:

Barry Humphries might be new to the game but he gives David Attenborough reason to worry about his status as the world leader in nature documentary narration. A beautiful and visceral experience directed by Tosca Looby.
— Fairfax Media
The footage captured by cinematographers, including underwater specialist Jon Shaw, is nothing short of spectacular.
— News Corp
Solid Sunday night family viewing.
— Who Magazine
Settle in on the couch for a night of captivating aerial shots, orchestrated music and fascinating natural history.
— TV Tonight
This dazzling three-part documentary takes a wide-ranging, inquisitive look at the wonders of Australia’s unique animal species... It’s a sophisticated series that has been a long time coming...”
— News Corp
...this breathtaking series has allowed us to bask in the delights of Australia’s wonderfully unique creatures and landscapes. The footage captured using the latest technology has been nothing short of dazzling.
— News Regional Media