Vote for Guardians of Leuser in the Charity Film AwardsHow did this film get made? First of all, this film, an entry in this year's Charity Film Awards, was originally made because we needed something inspiring to show at a fundraising event. Also, this wasn’t just any fundraising event. It was a truly glittering event held at a private members club in Mayfair, where we knew there would be very wealthy people in attendance. Therefore we wanted to pull out all the stops.
It would be a first for the Sumatran Orangutan Society, because we weren’t just fundraising for orangutans, but to save the whole Leuser Ecosystem, an incredible, magical rainforest area in Northern Sumatra. It’s the only place in the world where rhinos, tigers, orangutans and elephants live in one place.
I remembered an email from one of our regular monthly donors, saying he would like to help us in some more meaningful way than just giving us money. Consequently, I googled Joe de Kadt and saw that he was an aspiring film-maker. Most of his work had been for corporate clients filming incredible commercials, but I still thought he might have some ideas and as a result got in touch to ask if would be able to help us edit together a film from footage we already had.