Big Wave Productions

Production

Andrea: Queen of Mantas

Year: 2009
Duration: 59 minutes
Channel: BBC/AP

Andrea: Queen of Mantas tells the remarkable story of thirty-year-old Andrea Marshall who gave up everything for a life in Mozambique observing the largest popuation of manta rays in the world. From dramatic feeding frenzies, remarkable courtship behavior to the discovery of a giant new species, Andrea’s findings are set to rock the world of marine biology. Andrea: Queen of Mantas is the revelatory true story of one young woman’s determination to understand and protect these remarkable creatures.

Watch further clips on the BBC Natural World website: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00nx6sb

Awards

  • BLUE Ocean Film Festival:
    Finalist, Marine Animal Behaviour
  • Festival de l’Oiseau et de la Nature:
    Special Distinction for Passion and Involvement
  • Green Screen Film Festival:
    Best Marine Film
  • New York Festivals:
    Silver Award for Nature and Wildlife
  • Missoula IWFF:
    5 x Merit Award Winner
  • Cine:
    Golden Eagle

Publicity

”Breathtakingly beautiful testimony... every ripple seemed part of an elegy…” - Guardian
”Manta Rays are extraordinary. For a start they look like an alien spaceship that’s inadvertently plunged into the ocean… superb underwater photography.” - Radio Times
”Watching them in numbers is indeed like watching a flock of birds. Beautiful.” - Daily Express Magazine
”Congratulations – really excellent figures… It looked fantastic going out last night, and I caught up with the Woman’s Hour piece – Andrea’s amazing – what a smart lady. Well done to all the team!” - Tim Martin, Commissioning Editor, BBC
”A truly inspiring, informative and beautiful film” - Di Williams, BBC NHU

Credits

  • Narrator:
    Alisdair Simpson
  • Photography:
    Chris Openshaw, Max Hug Williams and Hansa Winshaw
  • Music:
    Al Lethbridge
  • Editor:
    Richard Wilkinson
  • Producer/Director:
    Mark Woodward
  • Executive Producer:
    Sarah Cunliffe

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