While conservation in Asia goes all the way back to its disappearing mangroves and increasing agriculture of palm oil, there is much diversity in the animal kingdom too. From Brown bears roaming remote Russian volcanoes on the Kamchatka Peninsula, and orangutans climbing high into the trees in the Indonesian rainforests in search of mango fruit.
Walrus gather in huge numbers in the frozen north, only to risk falling to their deaths after climbing sea cliffs to escape polar bears. From yeti-like monkeys in the mountain forests of China to the most bizarre predator in the baking Lut desert in Iran, the spider-tailed horned viper, the list goes on.
Asia is the largest of all continents but it seems there’s not enough space for wildlife. However, human kindness also exists in the south-east, as fishermen regularly help groups of whale sharks by supplying them with some of their catch, in spite of the gigantic fish being worth a fortune in meat.
BBC Earth Documentary
Seven Worlds, One Planet is a documentary series from the BBC Natural History Unit. The seven-part series, narrated and presented by naturalist Sir David Attenborough, divides each episode focused on one continent. Debuted in October 2019, its production involved over 1,500 people filmed over 1,794 days, with 92 shoots across 41 countries.
“200 million years ago, our planet looked very different from what it does today. It was entirely covered by sea, which surrounded one single supercontinent we call Pangaea. And then, Pangaea began to break up. Life was cast adrift on fragments of land, and these fragments eventually became our seven continents. We will see how life developed on each continent, giving rise to the extraordinary and wonderful diversity that we see today.”
-— David Attenborough’s opening words.
As ambassadors to Asia-Pacific, Music Press Asia recommends its second episode – an episode dedicated to Asia, the largest and most extreme continent on the planet. Stretching from the Arctic Circle in the north to the tropical forests on the equator, the animals here face the hottest deserts, tallest jungles and highest mountains found anywhere on Earth.
This extended first look trailer features a collaboration between performer and songwriter Sia and composer Hans Zimmer, who join forces on the original song Out There.
Sia, Chris Braide, and Hans Zimmer collaborated on the song “Out There” for the series. The original television soundtrack titled “Seven Worlds One Planet Suite” was made by Zimmer and Jacob Shea (Bleeding Fingers Music), while Shea wrote the series’ score. The score on YouTube is licensed by The Orchard Music, MGM Distribution (on behalf of Silva Screen Records).
‘Out There’ LYRIC EXCERPTS: I pray/Yeah, I’m hoping that if I pray/Maybe you’ll talk back/’Cause I pray for some faith, some faith today/[Chorus 1]Can you hear my call? Can I have a sign?/’Cause I am losing hope/Yeah, on my darkest night.
Listen to Out There, here.
Where to watch this film?
Revisiting Attenborough’s Borneo by Dr. Vivien Cumming.