Manufacturing The Wild

For generations, we’ve tried to preserve wilderness, and the amazing creatures that live there. But what if we could make new wilderness? Even new wild creatures? What if we could bring back the wild of the ancient past? A radical new movement called Rewilding aims to do just that. From a new Dutch “Serengeti” just thirty minutes outside Amsterdam, to the scientific recreation of a Stone Age wild bull.

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Manufacturing the Wild explores the bold attempts being made to push back against the global tide of disappearing wilderness.In the desert of New Mexico, prehistoric reptiles get ready to return for the first time in 12,000 years. Over in England, we meet a rewilding radical on a personal mission to reset his entire country’s vision of the wild. He’s thrilled about lions in London, but can’t stand sheep.

In Canada, we have lots of wild, but who exactly is it for? When even one wilderness-loving person enjoying the backwoods can affect an endangered population of caribou, is it time to limit our urge to see and experience the wild?

At a time when wild spaces are fast disappearing, rewilders say they have an answer. But rewilding raises big questions about what we think is natural. Can we really make new wild spaces? And if we can, are we really sure we want to live with more wild?





written and directed by
Roberto Verdecchia

executive producers
Daniel Zuckerbrot
Donna Zuckerbrot

produced by
Roberto Verdecchia
Donna Zuckerbrot
Joshua Zuckerbrot

Carole Larsen

director of photography
Terry Zazulak

original music
Geoff Bennett
Andre Hirz

sound recordists
Daan Arens
Jim Gallup
Larry MacDonald
Cyril Santos
Caroline Singh

production assistants
Watse Eisma
Bruno Lopes

animation director / illustrator
Ian Tucker

after effects artists
Liam Kerr
Jeanette Seah

colourist / online editor
Jozef Karoly

re-recording mixer
Grant Edmonds

sound editor
Cait MacIntosh

SFX editor
Andy Frech

narration recording
Chris McLaren

legal affairs
Richard Hanet, Lewis Birnberg Hanet, LLP

accounting services
Richard Warburton, Kay & Warburton

Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc.

stock & archival material
Chris Atkinson
Adam Kirkland
Compass Media
EMS Films
FDA Design/Tim Riley
Fieldsports Channel
National Trust
Parks Canada
pennine prospects
Travel Alberta

special thanks
Ana Berliner
Dalila Correia
Steven Lindop
Katrina Merkies
Rui Jorge Montero
Parque Arqueológico do Vale do Côa
Pedro Prata
Suffolk Festival of Ideas
Balazs Szigeti
Zuiderzeeland Waterschap

produced with the participation of

Canada Media Fund

The Canadian Film or
Video Production Tax Credit
with the assistance of the Government of Ontario –
The Ontario Film & Television Tax Credit

produced by
Reel Time Images

for the CBC

director of production
Alexandra Lane

director of finance
Julie Lawlor

executive in charge of production
Sue Dando

executive director
Unscripted Content
Jennifer Dettman

The Nature of Things
with David Suzuki

produced by
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation