Now Or Never
Director: Matt Senior Country: UK Genre: Documentary Runtime: 25 m Block K Screening: Close Up Cinema 23.08 Time: 3-4.30pm
Now Or Never tells the story of the Batang Toru Forest, which lies in North Sumatra, Indonesia. It is a forest like no other, and remains largely unexplored. Batang Toru is also the one and only home for the most endangered great ape species in the world – the newly identified Tapanuli Orangutans. For thousands of years these orangutans have experienced a tranquil existence in this rich rainforest, alongside countless other fascinating species. The local people living adjacent to Batang Toru have also lived comfortably for generations, surviving from the precious water created by the forest. But now, everything is changing, and the Orangutans are at risk of extinction.
Matt Senior has been involved in photography from a very young age, and throughout the years his passion for photography and film have continued to evolve. He has travelled to over forty countries around the world, immersing himself in new cultures, new experiences and nature, whilst documenting his travels through a lens along the way. In 2016, Matt began a Master’s in Directing at the National Film and Television School (NFTS), where he specialised in science and natural history films. There he produced three short documentaries: Against the Grey, Under Threat, and Now Or Never. His primary focus is on conservation and raising awareness of the urgent need to protect the natural world and its wildlife. Matt will take part in a Q&A after the screening.