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Doug Allan is an award-winning natural history photographer, documentary filmmaker, diver, author, and public speaker. Doug is bringing his latest show It’s A Wrap to King’s Hall, Ilkley on Monday 11 September 2023, sharing his extraordinary filming challenges and successes.

Part retrospective, the show is also Doug’s perspective on climate change and its impacts on the world’s wild places. What change of emphasis and direction should we now be incorporating in wildlife films?

Doug Allan has said, “There are big days when animals behave spectacularly right in front of your lens. And other quieter times when a deeper understanding reveals itself, a new insight into the environment and what’s alive there. I’ll be talking about these moments of truth and how they’re the biggest privilege of a wildlife cameraperson. I’ve always balanced optimism with reality but the latest world climate report lays bare the need for radical, urgent action. There are solutions, and I want to talk about them. They’re all challenging, some are scary and depend on us making deep changes to how we live. The planet is at a crossroads and we’re at the wheel. The next few years are going to be exciting.

In his 35 years of filming, Doug Allan has been involved with more than 65 films, freelancing for the BBC, Discovery, National Geographic and others. He was principal cameraman on many prestigious award-winning programmes, making over 25 trips to the Antarctic and more than 30 across the Arctic, filming for series including Hostile Planet, Forces of Nature, Operation Iceberg, Frozen Planet, Ocean Giants, Human Planet, Life, Planet Earth, The Blue Planet and Life in the Freezer.

Doug speaks with passion and authority about the challenges of plastics and climate change. His topside and underwater filming - from the ice-covered polar seas to tropical coral reefs - combined with his scientific credentials as a marine biologist, have given him an unparalleled first-hand experience and a unique longterm perspective on these issues which are now severely impacting our environment. He was one of the cameramen for, and appeared in, the award-winning documentary A Plastic Ocean.

Sir David Attenborough commented, “Wildlife cameramen don’t come much more special than Doug

King's Hall, Ilkley Monday 11 September 2023, 7pm Tickets £25 Boxes (seat 4) £100 Call the Box Office on 01274 432000 or visit All prices shown include booking fees but are subject to postage charge if applicable. Bradford Theatres’ usual terms and conditions apply


Doug Allan - 'It's a Wrap'
A picture of wildlife cameraman Doug Allen, standing and looking through his tripod-mounted camera, in snowy terrain. A ski-doo loaded with equipment

After a sell-out Irish run in Autumn 2022, Doug Allan brings his critically acclaimed brand new tour to England. Doug looks back over his success and setbacks during 35 years of natural history filmmaking. Part retrospective, the show is also Doug's perspective on climate change and its impacts on the world's wild places. What change of emphasis direction should we now be incorporating in wildlife films?

King's Hall and Winter Gardens
People sat in an audience

The King's Hall and Winter Gardens is a central venue in the town of Ilkley which comprises of a traditional Victorian theatre and adjacent glass roofed spa hall.



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