It's been a big year for the Singapore Botanic Gardens. In July this year the World Heritage Committee unanimously endorsed its bid to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making the 150-year-old garden the first and only tropical botanic garden to be the list. And now it'll be the star of its very own 60-minute documentary.
A World Icon: Singapore Botanic Gardens, is an original production commissioned by broadcasting company Turner International, and will premiere in Asia on Turner's recently-launched World Heritage Channel.
Beach House Pictures, who produced the award-winning nature series Kakadu, have been selected for this project. The film will be produced in 4K, utilising drone technology to film the gardens from the air. The documentary will also feature both time-lapse and slow-motion sequences, along with interviews with historians, botanists and taxonomists to tell the story of the garden's historical and cultural heritage and shed light on what lies ahead.
“The Botanic Gardens of Singapore is not just a green oasis in the heart of one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan metropolis. This is a garden like no other with fascinating stories of history, heritage, culture and science, hidden in each petal, leaf and brick. This documentary will chart in a way like nothing you’ve ever seen before, the phenomenal evolution and transformation of a modest tropical garden into a world icon,” said Ricky Ow, President of Turner Asia Pacific.
Filming has been scheduled to commence at once. The documentary is expected to air in late 2015 or early 2016.