TV in the wild

Media professionals are accustomed to working long hours in high-pressured broadcast environments but how many would swap their safe locations for a genuinely hostile environment?

Why do some film makers go to extreme and often dangerous lengths such as penetrating an intimidating gang, filming in raging heat, travelling to a war zone or potentially putting themselves in the crosshairs of a Taliban rifle? Why take the risk? And if they must, because the story is worth it, how do they mitigate against those risks?

Joining Simon Smith in the studio to discuss the unique challenges of filming in extreme locations are Toral Dixit, John Conroy and Oliver Steeds.

"One of the key things is to not lose your sense of humour when you are in these places." – Oliver Steeds

Toral Dixit is a self shooting producer/director, former journalist and professional photographer. She has worked in remote and dangerous locations and with indigenous communities on shows such as Last Man Standing, Tribal Wives, The Return of the Clouded Leopards and with Gangs in Chicago for Channel 4’s Dispatches.

John Conroy is a documentary producer/director. He has worked on BAFTA-winning documentary series, Ross Kemp On Gangs and Ross Kemp in Afghanistan. His other documentaries include The TA and the Taliban and Doctors and Nurses at War. He has filmed in extreme environments all over the world including Colombia, Brazil, South Africa and Afghanistan, where he was shot by the Taliban.

Oliver Steeds is an explorer and investigative journalist. He produced and fronted various series for Discovery, Travel Channel, BBC World and numerous documentaries for Channel 4’s Unreported World. He has travelled to more than 100 countries, investigating under-reported issues involving wars, human rights, the environment, indigenous peoples and politics.