Year of production2008
Broadcast and production partnersABC / RTE / Arte France / SVT
Our planet is heating up and one of the first casualties will be the crops that supply our food. Scientists are working overtime to find solutions including going back to the ancestral origins of our staple foods.
Seed Hunter will take you on a remarkable journey from the drought ravaged farms of Australia, to the heart of the Middle East, to the mountains of Tajikistan where charismatic Australian scientist Dr Ken Street – a real life version of Indiana Jones – and his team of ‘gene detectives’ hunt for plant genes that will help our food withstand the impact of 21st century global warming.
Along the way we meet farmers around the world who are struggling to grow crops in a climate that’s gone haywire, as well as scientists working at the front line of gene technology to save tomorrow’s food. At journey’s end, deep in the Arctic Circle, Ken deposits his bounty of seed in the newly constructed seed bank known as the ‘doomsday vault.’
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Writer, Director, ProducerSally Ingleton
EditorTony Stevens ASE
Original MusicFelicity Fox
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WinnerGold Panda Award, Sichuan TV Festival, China 2009
WinnerEducation Award, Japan Wildlife Film Festival, Japan August 2009
NominatedBest Environmental Documentary, Banff World Television Awards, Canada 2009
WinnerSilver China Dragon Award Dragon China Award, CICSHP- China 2009.
WinnerExcellence Prize 17th Earth Vision Environmental Film Festival - Japan 2009.
WinnerBest Science, Environment and Technology Documentary Australian Teachers of Media Awards 2008
WinnerSpecial Development Prize Vaasa Wildlife Film Festival - Finland 2008