ICE TOWN: LIFE ON THE EDGE
Soundology are writing music for the new series Ice People: Life on the Edge, coming to the BBC Earth global channel network this year.
In Svalbard, audiences will meet a host of intriguing characters who prove that it takes tremendous personality to live in one of the most extreme places on earth. Viewers will be taken into a world of cinematic landscapes to meet the residents of the northernmost town on the planet.
The 10 x 48 original commission will be produced by UK indie Hello Halo for the Unplugged strand on BBC Earth and will be distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide. “Svalbard’s combination of larger than life characters, who have chosen to live almost completely ‘off the grid’ will captivate international audiences. The town of Longyearbyen an isolated outpost in the breath taking wilderness of Svalbard will brought to the world.”
A new frontier, Longyearbyen on Svalbard is located in the Arctic Circle halfway between Norway and Greenland and is one of the world’s most remote towns. Svalbard will be truly revelatory of life on the edge for a unique expat community from America, UK and Norway.
Allowing viewers insight into a place where going on a date might take you seven hours in a canoe or your Bruce Springsteen obsessed neighbour wears a polar bear skin coat. In Svaldbard everyone knows everyone’s business and its so extreme you’re not allowed to give birth or die.
Wendy Rattray, Executive Producer, Hello Halo said: “With extreme arctic conditions, three months of total darkness and the ever-present danger of polar bears, Svalbard is not your average neighbourhood. I’m thrilled to be able to bring this strange and quirky world and it’s even quirkier inhabitants to audiences across the globe.”