The New Wilderness - Big Nature in a Small Country

3 x 52' / HD

The New Wilderness is a spectacle, an ode, celebrating the stark beauty of one of Europe’s most dynamic and productive wetlands. Situated just 20 miles north-east of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the Oostvaardersplassen is a unique experiment in letting nature run its course. In just 40 years, 6,000 hectares of newly drained polder have transformed into a home to some of Europe’s rarest birds including the magnificent white tailed eagle, not seen in the Netherlands since the Middle Ages; and some 1,000 Koniks, that make up the largest herd of wild horses in Europe.

At the heart of one of the most densely populated countries in Europe, the Oostvaardersplassen have become an internationally recognised symbol of Nature’s dynamism and resilience, and a pioneering example for the growing Rewilding movement, which Europe and North America are embracing to restore wilderness to marginal and degraded land.

Three years in the making and with more than 600 shooting days in the field, The New Wilderness first saw light as a visually lavish theatrical feature film, covering the cycles of life and death over four seasons in the Oostvaardersplassen reserve.

The film was the smash hit of 2013, attracting over 700,000 visitors to Dutch cinemas after its launch in September 2013. The 3-part TV series adapted from the film went on to draw a further 1.6 million viewers when broadcasting on Nederland 1 in December 2013. Using the latest techniques in time-lapse, underwater, aerial and macro photography, The New Wilderness explores the diverse worlds within worlds, highlighting the many connections between them.



Producer: EMS Films
Production years: 2010-2013
Broadcaster: VARA
Languages: English, Dutch