'Ireland to Iceland Humpback Whale Expedition 2018' 

A documentary film.

In May 2018, the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group will embark on a unique research expedition to explore the growing numbers of humpback whales being seen in Irish and Icelandic waters, some of whom are common to both. 

In addition to surveying humpback whales the expedition team hope to record other species including Blue Whales and Killer Whales in remote areas and up into the Arctic Circle. 

From their expedition research vessel Celtic Mist the scientists will collect data over a seven week long trip using film and photography for identification and drone technology to collect breath samples. 

The Irish team will collaborate with colleagues in the Icelandic Marine and Freshwater Research Institute and the University of Iceland. 

They hope to promote links with coastal communities too, combining knowledge and resources to more effectively carry out shared responsibilities towards humpback whale conservation and management.

We will be there to document the expedition from Dublin to Donegal to Iceland returning via the Faroes and Scottish Isles.

And we'll explore some of the things that connect these two island nations including social, economic and cultural identity.

(Completion date November 2018. For more details info@canolapictures.com)

Bransfield & Smith

A feature documentary film

By 1820 man had explored and mapped most of the planet. The continents were known. Europe. Africa. Asia. Australia. The Americas. The Arctic. Yes, there was still a lot of detail to be added but the big picture was understood.

With one exception - The Southern Ocean.

Two hundred years ago the great Southern Ocean was the last place on Earth you could go, without knowing where you were going.

It was uncharted and deadly dangerous. Few ventured.

The consensus held there was nothing further south of the Americas. The great explorer Captain James Cook said as much some decades earlier, "nothing but treacherous sea and menacing ice."

If you did go there and discover land, among the ice and the 50ftseas, it would mean unimaginable riches for your country (empire) and for you. 

But most likely you would be sailing to your death.

Into this forbidding realm in the spring of 1820 sailed Edward Bransfield and William Smith.

Edward and William.

Two men of humble backgrounds.

One Irish, one English.

Brought together by chance.

To make a great discovery.

To find the land they said didn't exist.

To find the last great continent.

To find Antarctica.

An heroic adventure, one which should have bleached them into history. Instead of obscurity.

This is their story.

(Completion date January 2020. For more details info@canolapictures.com)