#ActorsLife – A Witty And Touching Exploration Of Identity – The Baxter


Estelle Terblanche, in association with Vulture Productions, presents #ActorsLife directed by Tamryn Speirs at The Baxter Masambe between 28 May and 1 June 2019. This mockumentary-inspired comedy, written and performed by Estelle Terblanche, wittily explores female actors’ identities in the film and theatre industry, personal relationships and society at large.

“I was feeling frustrated waiting for someone to give me a break and work I connected deeply with, so I decided to create my own instead. When I started writing, this script just flowed onto the page. It is a combination of my own journey and my friends’ stories,” says Estelle. In the process @Christinetheactor came to life. As we follow her journey, we see a woman trying to be everyone in all the stereotypical female roles she plays – illustrating the complexity of being female within an industry where women are largely idolized or commodified – or simply ignored.

This production is an exposé of the neurotic, emotional and paranoid world inhabited by someone whose self-worth is completely dependent on the opinion of others. It reveals the psyche of a woman who is repeatedly suppressed and devalued because of the boxes she finds herself placed in.

#ActorsLife is a female actor’s journey towards self-discovery and empowerment. Estelle elaborates: “It deals with the professional actor’s deep desire to be taken seriously and gain respect, which stands in direct conflict with the personal need for affirmation – of wanting everyone to like you. It is a thin line to walk: dealing with the constant stresses and challenges of this demanding industry, while simultaneously striving to be truthful and vulnerable.”

Venue: The Baxter Masambe
Dates: 28 May until 1 June 2019
Time: 1900 for all shows in May, and 1930 for Just 1st
Tickets: R100 per person, R80 for students and group bookings
Book: www.webtickets.co.za

Tickets cost R100 per person, or R80 for students and group bookings, and are available through Webtickets.

The Team

Estelle Terblanche – Writer, Actor, Producer

Estelle Terblanche is passionate about telling stories. Her first love is acting and she has pursued this career with great determination. After studying Drama at the University of Stellenbosch, she expanded her skill set with multiple film acting courses, while simultaneously working in casting to gain a wider insight into the industry. She has travelled internationally and completed workshops in Los Angeles. She believes that observation and imagination are the building blocks of writing. Apart from collaborating with other creatives, Estelle strives to create her own work in order to tell the stories she truly believes in. Her writing work includes academic writing, a children’s book, short films and a feature film script – and she is currently writing her first novel. #actorslife is a passion project inspired by her own experiences and those of her friends in the industry.

Estelle Terblanche

Q&A With Estelle Terblanche

Tamryn Spiers – Director

Tamryn is inspired by untapped human creative potential. She believes it is as boundless as what we could achieve by unleashing it. She thrives off of multi-tasking to provide a constant outlet for her talents, having found solace in both acting and directing (for screen and theatre), presenting, dance, writing and working as an international acting coach.

Tamryn Spiers

As a professional theatre director her credits include (Five women wearing the same dress by Alan Ball- NAF, On Broadway in CT 2010) ; (Fat Pig by Neil Labute, starring Chanelle De Jager and Colin Moss- Theatre on the Square 2012 – Johannesburg, On Broadway 2011); (Autobahn by Neil Labute- NAF 2011); (Three Sisters and The Bear by Anton Chekhov- The Galloway Theatre 2018); (The Dolls House by Hendrik Ibsen – Galloway Theatre 2018); (Frankie and Johnny by Terrance MacNally – Alexander Bar 2018); (21 Light Years by Nicola Hanekom (writer) – Galloway theatre 2017; (A memory, a monologue, a rant and a prayer by Eve Ensler and various writers – Alexander Bar 2018).

She has also assisted other productions as a performance coach namely, Cold Case for Denise Newman.
For School Productions she has directed Musicals for Herschel and Bishops Diocesan Colleges with cast of 200 actors for numerous years , productions include (Grease, Annie, Bugsy Malone, Guys and Dolls, Aladdin, Jungle Book, Seussical the Musical).

She studied at South Africa’s Cape Academy of Dramatic Arts and the London’s Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. An English Major from UCT, she also studied the Royal Academy Ballet technique. At AFDA she won a Stone Award for her work in acting, directing and production design. In New York she continued her professional development under A-lister Black Nexxus coach Susan Batson, Valerie Kingston at Utha Hagen School and closer to home, Matthew Harrison from The Actors foundry in Vancouver. Tipped as talented newcomer to the theatre scene in 2011, Tamryn supported actress Denise Newman as her younger sister in her 2011 theatre debut of Jean Genet’s ‘The Maids’. Director Ruth Levine and co-star Susan Danford joined her list of powerhouse mentors. Tamryn understands that the roadmap to developing character requires exceptional vulnerability of self is the process that helps one understand who they are as an artist or creative. While nurturing these qualities on screen or stage, she incorporates the screenwriting perspective. Having spent 2 years with NVYF editor Gavin Sher and Matthew Kalil studying the architecture and structure of story, brought a new dimension to being able to understand the impact of the narrative trajectory as an actor. Over the past decade, working with ACT Cape Town, Tamryn has coached local and international actors helping them to “understand journey of the narrative” deep within the context of their creative expression. A part-time lecturer at SAE and CPUT, guiding second and third year students to understand how to direct, work with actors and understand screenplays has her sights set on Creative Direction. Expanding on opportunities to work with her colleges and teen students on 48-hour film productions Tamryn has assisted fellow actors in developing showreels, producing cooking shows and assisting high profile individuals in their creative career transitions. A keen activist and advocate of social justice, she has had involvement in various theatrical fundraisers, film productions and is an advocate for the prevention of human trafficking. Tamryn’s aim is to bring these elements more strongly into her work in the coming years to raise much-needed awareness.

Jeremeo Le Cordeur – Producer

Jeremeo Le Cordeur is a creative soul, born and bred in Wellington. He is a young actor, director, writer, and photographer who graduated from City Varsity with an unstoppable drive and unfaltering commitment to his craft.

Jeremeo Le Cordeur, Estelle Terblanche, and AV editor Philip F Theron

In 2009, he joined Fresh Theatre Company, a presenting company specialising in musical theatre, where he performed in Life is Rock N Roll, Love in Cyberspace, and Pinocchio. In 2010, he created Vulture Productions, which he uses as a vehicle to support and create South African theatre works. He has been at the helm of many successful productions such as PIZZA’S HERE (2011), I KNOW HOW YOU SCREAMED LAST SCARY MOVIE (2011), and RISK for the 2012 & 2013 National Arts Festival.
In 2013 he returned to the Artscape with FEBRUARY 14TH. The production received rave reviews, admiring Le Cordeur as “an energetic and entrepreneurial theatre maker” (Tracey Saunders, Cape Times). In 2014, he directed TANNIE DORA GOES BOS, a play written by Warren Meyer which opened to rave reviews and was later included as part of Artscape’s 8th annual Woman/humanity festival. In 2016 He also created THE VULTURE PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT, an arts-photography project aimed at showcasing the work of South African theatre practitioners.

Through Vulture Productions, Le Cordeur also guides the work of other artists, ensuring that whatever contributions they receive, is well spent on fostering the talents of their contemporaries in the field of performing arts in South Africa.

Other Contributors

Sive Gubangxa will be joining the team as stage manager starting at the Baxter Masambe and continuing with us to Vryfees 2019. Philip F Theron is the tech genius who edited the sound and video footage. Wardrobe is kindly sponsored by Annie’s Wardrobe, and dressed Christine. Set and costume design is a collaboration by the team. Jean Human and Etienne Terblanche assisted in building the set. Vulture Productions and Jeremeo Le Cordeur for the designed the poster.

Kunene And The King – Must Close 25 May – The Fugard

Now playing. Must close 25 May.
Great seats still available for the last two Sundays at 3pm.

Eric Abraham presents a Royal Shakespeare Company and Fugard Theatre production of John Kani’s new play, now playing at The Fugard Theatre, hot off its world premiere at The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in England. The production is written by John Kani and is directed by Janice Honeyman.

John Kani stars as Lunga, a headstrong male nurse contracted to care for cantankerous actor Jack (Antony Sher) as he copes with terminal liver cancer. This moving and funny two-hander provides a fitting tribute to mark the 25th anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections after apartheid.

Friends of the Fugard benefit from great discounts on certain performances and seats when booking through the box office on 021 461 4554.

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Keshan Chetty – He’s Big, He’s Bad, And He’s Coming For You

Every adventure features a villain with an often not-so-handy assistant. In ‘Kings of Mulberry Street’ that guy is ‘Size’ played by Keshan Chetty.

A bad guy isn’t a bad guy without a sidekick. In Judy Naidoo’s new film ‘Kings of Mulberry Street’, a raucous Bollywood-style tale of two young Indian boys growing up in the 80s in Sugarhill District, KZN, the villain is local crime boss Raja (Neville Pillay), and his trusty sidekick is Size, played by Keshan Chetty.

The clumsy, larger-than-life Size is the comic foil to Raja’s wickedness – loyal and dependable, if somewhat slow. He is an ape of a man, physically very strong, with limited language skills. Although he is not the sharpest tool in the shed, he’s certainly effective as Raja’s muscle.

“I wanted to showcase a world that has not been featured in local cinema before and communities that have not been represented on the big screen,” says Naidoo. “What better place than where I come from? The characters of Raja and Size are inspired by some of the shadier people who operated in locations in Verulam and Tongaat, which together make up the fictional town of Sugarhill District.

“The best part of watching a film as a young kid was to see how the bad guys get their comeuppance. The films that did this well, had me in stitches. It was such a satisfying experience and that is exactly what I wanted to achieve with our villains Raja and Size. Villains who are so good at being bad that they provide great fuel for comedy”.

A handy assistant when the job calls for it, Size isn’t always as street-smart as Raja might want him to be. Like any apprentice, he’s got a lot to learn – after all that’s why he’s not the man in charge.

Sometimes, in fact, he can be more of a hindrance than a help. It’s a role that Keshan Chetty takes on with aplomb. He began his acting career while studying at film school AFDA in 2013, featuring in minor and supporting roles for student productions.

After his studies, Keshan began working for video production company iTen Entertainment, where he featured in numerous corporate and viral brand and product videos, playing a variety of characters. His work has had more than a million views combined across all social media platforms.

In ‘Kings of Mulberry Street’, a vibrant and hilarious film that brings together the rich and colourful world of the Indian community in the 80s as well as Bollywood cinema and songs from that era, the nine-year-old boys Ticky and Baboo have to find a way to overcome their differences and unite, if they are going to defeat the bullying and corrupt Raja, who is threatening their families, and their community.

It’s a marvellous tale of bravery and daring, with universal themes that will appeal to the whole family, and to all South African communities.

‘Kings of Mulberry Street’ will be distributed in South Africa by Indigenous film Distribution.

Catch ‘Kings of Mulberry Street’ in cinemas on 28 June 2019

Who Will Receive The Final Rose In The Bachelor SA?

Plus Lee’s bevy of beauties return for the Women Tell All!

For the last 12 weeks, we’ve joined South Africa’s very first Bachelor, Lee Thompson, on his journey to finding true love. At the start of the journey, the successful entrepreneur and international model met 24 diverse, beautiful and accomplished women who have now been narrowed down to two potential suitors – Gina Myers and Jozaan Dique.

The Bachelor SA finale: The ladies return for “The Women Tell All”

This week, the women who started this journey are back with Lee to relive all the romance, the laughter, the drama and the rejection – for the special Women Tell All – where fans of the show can expect some spice, as the consummate host of the show, Jason Greer, will leave no stone unturned! Then Lee will come face-to-face with his final decision at the Mauritius LUX* Grand Gaube, and viewers will finally get to see what happened after The Final Rose in the finale of M-Net’s popular reality dating series.

It has been an emotional rollercoaster for Lee – and his final two ladies – Gina and Jozaan. In last week’s episode, Lee’s trusted family weighed in on Lee’s potential suitors. Their biggest concern was Lee choosing someone who would be best suited to settle down with him in everyday life, after experiencing love in an unusual and majestic environment. They saw the love in both the ladies and admitted that Lee has a very tough decision to make.

There can only be one, and the decision lies solely with Lee. He loves Gina’s sense of humour and admits that when he’s around her, she makes him a more loveable, happy and joyful person. And with Jozaan, he’s shared strong chemistry with her since day one, even though their relationship had a slow start. He loves her sense of humour too, and he thinks she’s kind and caring. “After the two most incredible days with two of the most amazing women, I have the toughest decision of my life to make. For one of these ladies, I have to stand there, look her in the eyes, and break her heart. I don’t know how I am going to do that,” Lee admits in last week’s episode after two adventurous dates with the ladies at the Mauritius LUX* Grand Gaube.

So, who will Lee decide to put the gorgeous Jack Friedman engagement ring on? Sweetheart make-up artist Gina Myers or quirky lawyer Jozaan? And how will the ladies react to reliving their journey at the Women Tell All? Do more scathing words await Lee or will some cattiness between the ladies unravel? Watch the special 90-minute season finale, on Thursday, 9 May 2019 at 19:00 on M-Net, DStv Channel 101, for an incredible “Tell All” evening!

The Bachelor SA is screened on M-Net Channel 101 every Thursday evening at 19:00 and is also available on Catch-Up. Fans can visit www.mnet.tv/thebachelorsa and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @MNet / #TheBachelorSA and on the official M-Net Facebook page.

The Bachelor SA is produced by Rapid Blue and proudly sponsored by dotsure.co.za, a product of Oakhurst Insurance Company Limited (FSP 39925) and Oakhurst Life (FSP 44793), authorised financial services providers.

Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 12 May 2019

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 12 May 2019 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

Elections 2019

Battered and bruised, the campaign trail took its toll on political parties that traversed the country trying to move the needle during this year’s national elections. By Tuesday the electorate still seemed confused and millions of votes were up for grabs. By Thursday, the die was cast. But in the final tally, will South Africans’ votes result in more than coalitions and compromises? Carte Blanche analyses the country’s sixth democratic elections.

Producer: Ntokozo Miya
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

Turtle Rescue

Hundreds of endangered baby turtles wash ashore on the Cape West Coast every year and only a few lucky ones that are rescued and taken to the Two Oceans Aquarium will make it. Carte Blanche meets the aquarium’s team of young marine biologists that has developed a special bond with turtles and nurtures them back to health before releasing them back into the oceans, tracking their movements with the help of satellite tagging.

Producer: Annalise Lubbe
Presenter: Derek Watts
Watch the trailer

Wheelchair Fraud

Being mobility-impaired is a life-changing experience, and besides a wheelchair, physically disabled people often need other equipment to keep them mobile and active. But some of Durban’s wheelchair-bound residents have been left frustrated and out of pocket after they paid over thousands of Rands for mobility aids, like pool and car hoists, to a trusted supplier. Now they want their money back. Carte Blanche investigates.

Producer: Jacqui Jayamaha
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
Watch the trailer

Pedigree Dogs

They’re cute, from a distinguished bloodline and they fetch a hefty price tag. But with selective breeding for specific and special traits, are pedigreed puppies really healthy? Carte Blanche investigates a breeding industry that has created dogs with chronic illnesses and health problems passed on from litter to litter – costing you thousands in vet bills.

Producer: Sasha Schwendenwein
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender

Line-ups are subject to change. Stories can be viewed at www.carteblanche.co.za.

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Twitter: @carteblanchetv #CarteBlanche
Instagram: @carteblanchetv #CarteBlanche

Canon’s New Cosmos Of Photography Competition 2019 Opens For Entries

17 April 2019 – Canon, world-leader in imaging solutions, today announced that the company will begin accepting entries for its New Cosmos of Photography 2019 photo competition from the 17th April. Now in its 42nd year, the competition is open to international entrants in the aim of discovering, nurturing, and supporting developing photographers who want to explore new and creative ways to engage with photography and video.

Image by Susumu Okada, New Cosmos of Photography Excellence Award Winner in 2018

Experts from around the world have been invited to judge this year’s competition, including British photographer, Paul Graham and Sandra Phillips, Curator Emerita of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). The Excellence Award Selection Committee will meet in July to choose seven Excellence Award winners and 14 Honorable Mention Award winners, before a Grand Prize winner is selected in November.

Image by Song-Nian Ang, New Cosmos of Photography Grand Prize Winner in 2018

Since its launch in 1991, the New Cosmos of Photography contest has accepted 29,398 entries from both individuals and groups, many of whom have gone on to receive international success through their work. The contest is widely regarded as a gateway to success for new photographers, with previous Grand Prize winners including, Song-Nian Ang in 2018 with his work ‘Hanging Heavy on My Eyes,’ as well as Trond Ansten from Norway and Benjamin Breitkopf from Germany, who won in 2017 with “17 toner hvitt.” And Derek Man from UK was selected as an Excellence Award winner in 2018 with his work “What Do You See, Old Apple Tree?”

The Grand Prize winner of this year’s competition will receive JPY 1 million in prize money (approx. 7,500 euros) and a Canon camera. The winner will also have the opportunity to host an individual exhibit at the exhibition of winning entries at New Cosmos of Photography 2020. To encourage the continued pursuit of their creative activities, 2019 Excellence Award and Honorable Mention Award winners will also receive prize money and the chance to display their works at this year’s exhibition of winning entries.

Image by Shinichiro Uchikura, New Cosmos of Photography Excellence Award Winner in 2018

Those wishing to enter the competition can do so by submitting original photography by post and online, either as an individual or as a group. Entries are open until 12 June and winners will be contacted directly at the end of July. For additional information about this year’s New Cosmos of Photography competition, please visit the New Cosmos of Photography homepage at: global.canon/en/newcosmos

Top SA Creatives To Judge World’s Best Work For Cannes Lions 2019

Seven leading South African creatives have received one of the most sought-after accolades in their field – being selected as judges for this year’s edition of the Cannes Lions.

Seven leading South African creatives have received one of the most sought-after accolades in their field – being selected as judges for this year’s edition of the Cannes Lions.

The Cannes Lions awards recognise excellence in specialist creative fields, and form part of the annual Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, a five-day event that sets global benchmarks in the marketing and brand communications arena.

Being chosen to judge the best work on the planet is an acknowledgement of a creative’s own standing in their industry. It’s also a serious feather in the cap of the professional concerned, as well as their agency, and the South African creative sector at large.

Ster-Kinekor Sales – official Cannes Lions representative in South Africa – has announced the list of the South African creatives to receive the honour this year. Chosen to judge this year’s Cannes Lions, from June 17-21 in Cannes, France, with the categories they will be judging, are:

  • Tseliso Rangaka, ECD of Ogilvy Cape Town – Radio & Audio
  • Neo Mashigo, COO M&C Saatchi Group – Print and Publishing
  • Ryan McManus, Chief Creative Officer, VML – Entertainment
  • Michael Zylstra, Chief Strategy Officer, Dentsu Aegis Network – Media
  • Nikki Taylor-Garrett, Creative director at TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris – Brand Experience & Activations
  • Fran Luckin – Chief Creative Officer at Grey Advertising – Film
  • Claudi Potter – Creative Director at Joe Public – Direct Marketing

Ster-Kinekor Head of Marketing Lynne Wylie said the South African creatives added to the jury had long been acknowledged as leaders in their field, and would do their country proud during the judging process.

“Our seven judges are opinion-leaders in the industry, and they are perfectly equipped to determine which work has set global trends over the past year. We are proud to have them representing us,” she said.

“Having a chance to judge the cream of the crop in creativity is a great honour,” she said. “These are seasoned professionals, and they richly deserve this recognition. Being exposed to all that magnificent work will no doubt inspire them to contribute even more to the growth of our local industry.”

Wylie said the healthy relationship between Cannes Lions and Ster-Kinekor helped to keep the local media industry in touch with world trends. “Ster-Kinekor is proud to play this kind of role in supporting and inspiring our creative sector,” she said.

Rise In Red Signs With National PR Agency

The Bloemfontein based alternative rock band, RISE IN RED, has just signed with the prestigious national PR Agency, Starburst Promotions. They join a long list of successful local talent, such as ADAM, Jo Black, Early B, Joshua na die Reën and more, who are also part of this sought-after musical family.

“We as a band decided that we needed to take a more aggressive approach to the marketing and PR of our brand. We understand that connections and relationships are key in the music industry and having been given great recommendations by other artists, we decided to approach Starburst Promotions to take care of this aspect of our business”, explains lead guitarist Jayson Reynolds about their decision to sign with such an experienced publicity team. “We know they have an excellent reputation with radio stations and media outlets and we felt that this is the kind of connection we need for RISE IN RED to reach the right people. We’re extremely excited and feel positive about both the partnership and the future of the band.”

RISE IN RED was founded in 2010 by lead guitarist, Jayson Reynolds, singer Dustin McCrindle, drummer Jaco Novella and bassist Kyle Bath. In 2018 Pierre du Toit joined the band as a session bassist.

“The name RISE IN RED was established by me. We are all Christians and our inspiration for writing songs is always centred on our beliefs. That’s why we focus on bringing a message of hope. Our name appeals to listeners to stand up for their faith,” says Reynolds.

The band, which is known for their inspiring lyrics and captivating stage presence, mainly focused on song-writing and establishing a specific sound for many years. After a number of members came and went, the band developed and established its unique sound and vision and moved towards live performances during beginning 2015.

Since then, they have had many career highlights and shared the stage with big names such as Prime Circle on their Let the Night In winter tour and then again at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens. The band also played alongside AKING, Dan Patlansky, Francois van Coke and other notable acts.

In 2017 they recorded and released three singles – Rhythm & Blues, Alright and Voices – and returned to the studio at the beginning of 2019 to record their debut album, which will be available soon.

“We believe that our music and our album, as a whole, provides a modern approach to rock music and it’s something that we feel South Africa needs.” Jayson adds.

Starburst Promotions, who has been representing some of the biggest names in the industry for years, is very excited about the prospect of working with RISE IN RED and has big and exciting things planned for them in the future.

“We are very excited to welcome RISE IN RED. Our mission and vision has always been to introduce quality music to the public. I am always excited when we are fortunate enough to get the opportunity to work with such talented musicians. I truly believe that this band is destined for great things,” says Alishia van Deventer, managing director of Starburst Promotions. “We are looking forward to sharing their debut single and album with listeners soon.”

MultiChoice Group Is Launching A New Model Of DStv HD Decoder 6

It replaces the previous model HD Decoder 5 currently in stores and has the same features and functionality our customers are used to. The new model hit the markets on 2 May 2019, retailing at R399 as a standalone product, and R599 with installation.

The new model has the same user-friendly functionalities as the HD Decoder 5-series. While DStv’s new decoder retained most of the features of its predecessor, there are a few differences.

Importantly, the slimmer and more compact model is made up of recyclable components. MultiChoice considers recycling as a pinnacle part of their business operations, and are constantly looking at improving how they make their devices more environmentally friendly.

This decoder has a micro-sim and is also XtraView compatible with all DStv Explora models in the market.

Through understanding customer preferences and ongoing commitment to innovation and technology advancement, MultiChoice delivers unrivalled access to content across multiple platforms and aims to continuously update its current technology.

All MultiChoice decoders are manufactured locally and through high-level manufacturing and assembly chains, we’ve stimulated the decoder manufacturing industry. This also benefits related businesses such as part suppliers, carton printers, distribution and logistics providers.

Customers who have an HD Decoder 4 or 5 will not need to replace or upgrade their existing decoder. The DStv HD Decoder 6-series will be available from various retailers, DStv Service Centres and agencies from 2 May 2019.

Martin Clunes: Island Of America

Everyone has an image of America: a land of big shops, bright lights and asphalt highways stretching right across the continent. But there is another America – and I set out to find it.” ~ Martin Clunes

Martin Clunes embarks on an epic journey around the coast of America to discover what life is like on the surrounding islands for Islands of America, a new documentary series that starts on ITV Choice (DStv 123) on Thursday, 23 May 2019 at 20:00.

From Buffalo Pictures MARTIN CLUNES : ISLANDS OF AMERICA Tuesday 5th February 2019 on ITV Pictured: Martin Clunes partakes in a traditional greeting with Anakala Pilipo Solatorio in the lush Halawa Valley, Molokai Hawaii Episode 1 The first port of call on MartinÕs journey was the lush, tropical Hawaii. His exploration looked beyond HawaiiÕs image as a tourist paradise, crammed with sun-kissed beaches and world class surfing, and into the havoc wreaked by advancing lava fields and smoking craters. Leaving Hawaii Martin flew 2,500 miles north to the islands of Alaska, where the contrast couldnÕt have been more extreme, from tropical rain forests to snow-fringed glaciers; from crowded beaches to some of America

Following the successful series on the Islands of Britain and Islands of Australia, Clunes has developed a fascination for the unique quality and appeal of island life, often in the most remote places on the planet.

This time he sets off on a 16 000-kilometre journey, from the west to the east, to explore the vast swathe of islands which are scattered beyond America’s shores. He travels from Hawaii’s islands of fire and Alaska’s islands of snow and ice, to the playgrounds of presidents off the New England coast.

Clunes says: “I wanted to look beyond corporate America and discover the other United States, out past the mainland margins, and what life is like on these unique and diverse islands.

“On this island journey I meet men and women who’ve lived through many of nature’s worst extremes. And it seems one thing they all share is a profound wisdom about these challenges.”

During the four-part series Clunes visits Hawaii, Molokai, Alaska, the San Juan Islands, the Channel Islands National Park, Avery Island which sits inland from the Gulf of Mexico, Delacroix Island, the colourful Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, the Sea Islands along the coast of Georgia, Sapelo Island, the quiet island backwater of Chincoteague, Manhattan Island, Ellis Island, Coney Island and Martha’s Vineyard, playground for the wealthy.

The final place on Clunes’s epic island journey is Maine, America’s most easterly state, with hundreds of islands off its coast. The Isle au Haut is his last island stop where Clunes meets the children from the island’s primary school to discover what life is like for them on this isolated community.

Clunes concludes: “It seems right to finish my journey here with these children – they’re the future of this island. And seeing them enjoy the simple pleasures of island life will stay with me for a very long time.”

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