Sunday 6th November


Film, book and Q&A

Acclaimed wildlife cameraman Doug Allen sharing his remarkable experiences. Includes documentary film footage, his new book ‘In the company of giants’ and Q&A.

 "Wildlife cameramen don't come much more special than Doug." - Sir David Attenborough

Town Hall Theatre




Doug Allan - In the Company of Giants

Have you ever been watching one of the BBC’s ground-breaking wildlife documentaries and thought “How did he get that shot?!” – well now you can find out the incredible stories behind the images in Doug Allan’s debut book.


Braving the elements and depths of the Antarctic and Arctic Oceans, Doug has produced a fascinating 240 page book filled with exceptional photographs and secrets of life behind the lens, giving you a peek into the often hostile yet inspiring world of a wildlife cameraman.


This book is so much more than a collection of superb images. Doug started life as a research diver in 1976 at Signy Island, Antarctica. Now with 35 years of experience in the Antarctic and Arctic, the stories that accompany every picture in this book tell of Doug’s astonishing adventures and encounters, his insights and emotions, his deep understanding of the biology of the animals and the psychology of film-makers.


Join Doug for an unforgettable evening of extraordinary cinematic animal adventures and unique wildlife film footage. Ask Doug questions about his encounters and travels, and discover what it's like to be up close and personal with nature's biggest creatures.


"Big animals are my passion." That's how multi-award winning cameraman, Doug Allan (Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Ocean Giants, Wild Cameraman at Work) introduces his new show – In the Company of Giants. What's it like to face a hungry polar bear and its cubs as they emerge from their den? Or to swim eye to eye with an enormous Southern Right Whale? How do you look for killer whales in vast reaches of the seas around Antarctica?


The event will run in association with this year’s Rolling Sun Book Festival which runs from 4th to 6th November 2016. Tickets €15/€12 can be purchased at Westport Town Hall Box Office 098 28459 or online: