The search for the oceans super predator

In the hidden depths of Australia’s wild Southern Ocean a great white shark, three meters long and packed with nearly a tonne of muscle, is savagely attacked one hundred meters below the sea’s surface by a far larger and faster mystery predator…An electronic tracking device attached to the great white records a high-speed underwater chase six hundred meters deep before the shark and its tag are savagely devoured…Two weeks later, after being carried in the belly of the unknown killer, the still functioning tag is excreted and washed ashore, withholding clues that could reveal the identity of the shark’s super predator. For nearly a decade the tags extraordinary data has mystified scientists… Until now.

In June 2011 deep-sea fossil fuel exploration beneath the site of the attack exposed a natural phenomenon that, for only a few short weeks each year, attracts the oceans most fearsome predators…This is the story of a super predator’s epic underwater attack that leads investigators to an aquatic battle zone, never witnessed before, where killer whales, sperm whales, colossal squid and great white sharks enter into combat in an underwater colosseum where only the fiercest creatures of the marine world can survive.

FORMAT: 1 x 60 min / HD Feature Documentary
FUNDING PARTNERS: ABC Australia / Smithsonian Channel / National Geographic International / Screen Australia / Screen West / Al Rayyan TV
INTERNATIONAL SALES: ABC Commercial, Australia

Future Qatar 2

Following the stories of the inspirational men and women leading the charge through Qatar’s unprecedented era of change, Future Qatar 2 will go behind the scenes of some of the world’s most audacious and iconic civic construction developments documenting the high drama, impossible challenges and ingenious solutions that are associated with the ambition of transforming a nation. With the history and traditions of Qatari culture at its core, this series links an illustrious past to a glorious present and an even more exhilarating future. Each episode will observe the working lives of key inspirational characters as they take on some of the most innovative building projects in the world. Their individual stories – driven by determination and dedication - will intersect with science, technology, culture and history. Stunning CGI will realise the scope of the developments while cinematic high definition images will capture each characters journey towards their ultimate goals. Future Qatar will record the true power of the human spirit at one of the most dynamic times in the nation states history.

FORMAT:13 x 30 mins / HD Factual Series
FUNDING PARTNER: Al Rayyan TV
INTERNATIONAL SALES: Al Rayyan Media & Marketing

 

Lakwhiya

LAKWHIYA is a high-action, character led documentary series that follows the professional path of Qatar’s most highly trained men and women as they undertake their daily public service duty in real time scenario’s within Qatar’s internal security force proudly known as Lakwhiya. The title ‘Lakwhiya’ is a word once used by Qatari’s of old to describe tribesmen who were close to the Emir and were assigned, but unpaid, to maintain law and order and keep the well being of the Qatari society, motivated by their love of Allah, their country and their commander. This thirteen part documentary will tell the inside and complete story of the modern Lakwhiya Forces, profiling remarkable feats of training, dedication, sacrifice and daring that every member of the Lakwhiya forces have to draw upon each and every day.

Format: 13 x 30 mins / HD Factual Series
Funding Partner: Al Rayyan TV
International Sales: Al Rayyan Media & Marketing

AYAMNA (OUR DAYS)

Ayamna is a poetic feature documentary that captures the national spirit of Qatar. Throughout the film human stories unfold within an abstract narrative structure that explores the range of human emotions and follows the natural chronology of time as it passes through the unstoppable forward moving path of a twenty-four hour day. Life’s mysterious and ever present contrasts are at the heart of this film, featuring stories of triumph and failure; of traditions and ambition; of despair and of hope; of the individual and of the community; of technology and of nature – while each stage of human life is considered as we all live and breathe through our journey from youth towards the inevitability of old age.

FORMAT: 1 x 50 mins / HD Feature Documentary
FUNDING PARTNERS: State of Qatar / National Day Celebrations Organizing Committee
INTERNATIONAL SALES: Al Rayyan Media & Marketing

Barzan

This one hour documentary special tells the extraordinary story of never-before-seen 'mega-sized' industrial action as a Qatari led team from RasGas - the world's largest natural gas producers - install three offshore gas topside platforms in just eleven days. It is one of the biggest single industrial events ever planned in the Arabian Gulf. Every element involved in the project is beyond gigantic – from the transport ship, the XYK, carrying four massive topside units from Korea to Qatar -  to the gargantuan crane aboard the Oleg Strashnov – a specialist heavy lifting vessel that will co-ordinate the entire offshore procedure. As thousands of men and machines follow a precise installation plan ten years in the making, every moment will be fraught with jeopardy. Across the eleven day timeframe, during the assembly of this colossal structure in the Arabian Gulf marine zone, there is no room for error. The Barzan Project, deemed Qatar's most ambitious and important industrial undertaking, is designed to deliver the nations complete energy needs today and for future generations. Its catch phrase: "For Qatar, By Qatar" signifies a magnificent milestone in the nations historic path towards achieving the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030. The Barzan Project is a celebration of human ingenuity, it will define Qatar's future course and is worthy of the nations collective pride.

 FORMAT: 1 x 50 mins / HD Feature Documentary
FUNDING PARTNERS: State of Qatar / National Day Celebrations Organizing Committee
INTERNATIONAL SALES: Al Rayyan Media & Marketing

Future Qatar

Nowhere on the planet is undergoing such a seismic transformation as Qatar.Throughout history the world’s great civic centres have emerged when opportunity, endeavour and hope have each intersected on the human map.Now, from the sands of the desert, Qatar is rising as a new centre of the globe.In 2005, when His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani released his intricately detailed master development plan for his beloved nation – now known as Qatar 2030 – he served his people and the world with a daring vision where Qatar would become a global centre of knowledge, politics, commerce and culture, renowned for its international influence.Seven years on, the Emir’s vision is becoming a reality and the whole world is paying attention.FIFA’s decision to name Qatar as the host nation for the World Cup 2022 has helped to signal the launch of an unprecedented wave of investment in Qatar’s social and industrial infrastructure.This ground breaking documentary series stands witness to the current spectacular evolution of Qatar and the thrilling human stories behind its incredible transformation.

FORMAT:13 x 30 mins / HD Factual Series
FUNDING PARTNER: Al Rayyan TV
INTERNATIONAL SALES: Al Rayyan Media & Marketing

The Investigators

THE INVESTIGATORS is a dynamic documentary series for kids that follows the adventures of four talented school children who are determined to make their home a better place for all the children of Qatar. The four children, best friends, call themselves ‘The Investigators’ because they want to find out why elements of their communities aren’t working the way they’re supposed to work. There are two boys and two girls on the team, each aged between 10 and 12 years old. All four want to make positive changes for the benefit of everyone and in this thirteen part series they’ll represent positive role models for all of the children of Qatar. Together they will ask questions that adults need to answer, such as: Why is there no waste recycling in Qatar? Why is the play equipment in Qatar’s parks so badly maintained? Why aren’t there enough places where kids can ride bicycles? Why are there so many fast food restaurants? Why are so many young kids getting injured in car accidents? Why is there so much rubbish in the desert? Why is it so difficult to cross the road? ‘The Investigators’ will report on problems from a kid’s point of view; they’ll investigate the history of specific issues; they’ll meet the adults who are in charge and – crucially – they’ll provide positive and proactive solutions to make their country a better place. They might just make the adults listen as well.

Format: 13 x 30 mins / HD Factual Series
Funding Partner: Al Rayyan TV
International Sales: Al Rayyan Media & Marketing

Young Sons of the Desert

In times past, when the people of Qatar relied on the strength of their traditions and skills to survive the extreme environment of their desert home, children learned life’s essential lessons by following examples set by their elders. Young Son’s of the Desert tells the heartfelt story of a desert sheik passing down the hard-won wisdom of Qatar’s forefathers to five young boys from the city. Together they embark on a journey across some of the world's toughest desert terrain that binds Qatar’s old generation to its young and ensures that the nations proud traditions are delivered to the guardians of the nations future.

Finalist Al Jazeera International Documentary Festival 2013

FORMAT: 1 x 50 mins / HD Feature Documentary
FUNDING PARTNERS: State of Qatar / National Day Celebrations Organizing Committee
INTERNATIONAL SALES: Al Rayyan Media & Marketing

Shark harbour

‘Shark Harbour’ follows the drama of the biggest scientific shark research project ever undertaken in Australia. Exploring Sydney’s ominous shark history and its people’s obsessive everyday relationship with the water, this documentary considers the uneasy relationship Australians have with the marine worlds most dangerous predators. The documentary’s final act dramatically reveals that Sydney Harbour holds a far larger population of dangerous sharks than what had ever previously been considered. But despite the research teams alarming evidence, the low rate of attacks provides proof, that for now, humans and sharks – long the feared predators of the deep - can co-exist.

FORMAT: 1 x 60 min / HD Feature Documentary
FUNDING PARTNERS: ABC Australia / National Geographic Channel / Screen Australia / Screen NSW
INTERNATIONAL SALES: Off The Fence

 

 

Sons of the sea

“Sons of the Sea” tells the story of five extraordinary young Qatari men as they sail across Qatar waters in a traditional pearl merchants dhow. Under the command of a life long sea Captain each of the boys will learn the ancient seafaring traditions of their forefathers as they explore the history, the beauty and the mystery of Qatar’s waters. Living and working on the dhow just as their ancestors did, they face daily tests of strength and skill both above and beneath the waves. Navigating by the stars; diving for pearls on a single breath of air; spearfishing for their meals and exploring deep water shipwrecks that have never been filmed before they must rely on ancient seamanship skills as well as the latest dive technology, to discover the wonder of Qatar’s rarely explored aquatic world.

FORMAT: 1 x 70 mins / HD Feature Documentary
FUNDING PARTNERS: State of Qatar / National Day Celebrations Organizing Committee
INTERNATIONAL SALES: Al Rayyan Media & Marketing

Moghaniz / The Falconers

“Moghaniz” is an observational television documentary series that focuses on falconry in Qatar. Falcon expert Ibrahim Al Naimi presents the series, guiding viewers through every aspect of the falconer’s life. Drawing on his own depth of experience he practically demonstrates how to care for all types of falcons and how to train them for specific tasks and competitive events. Each episode showcases never before filmed natural history sequences of falcons and their handlers in action, as well as the history and culture of falconry in Qatar.

FORMAT: 13 x 30 mins / HD Factual Series
FUNDING PARTNER: Al Rayyan TV
INTERNATIONAL SALES: Al Rayyan Media & Marketing

Sons of the desert

Three young Qatari men, used to the air-conditioned and remote-controlled comfort of Twenty-first Century life in the Gulf, take on the ancient desert traditions of their fore fathers. They're physically and mentally pushed to their limits by a wise Desert Sheik in some of the most severe desert conditions on the planet. They will be taught ancient desert skills, they will face specific tests as individuals and as a group, and they will live through the same adversity as their ancestors. How will they survive?

FORMAT: 1 x 50 mins / HD Feature Documentary
FUNDING PARTNERS: State of Qatar / National Day Celebrations Organizing Committee
INTERNATIONAL SALES: Al Rayyan Media & Marketing