Mr Greg Grainger
Antarctic Challenge Film & Production Director
Television Presenter / Producer / Director / Journalist
Grainger TV is a Sydney-based television production company specialising in documentaries for the Australian and international markets. Over the past 20 years, GraingerTV has delivered more than 110 productions to more than 80 international broadcasters, focusing on wildlife, adventure and travel.
Producer Greg Grainger is a winner of the prestigious Logie Award for Top Australian Newsman, and has worked for leading radio and television stations in Britain and Australia for the past 30 years. His track record includes radio station general manager and news director to prime-time national television news presenter.
Grainger's commissions include a series of 26 programs + 2 additional specials for Discovery Communications. National Geographic International has screened Grainger's specials such as TAMING THE TIGERS,LOVE IN THE WILD and WHITE FURY.
Mr Michael Dillion
Summary of Qualifications
MICHAEL DILLON AM
Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia.
CITATION For service to the Australian Film Industry as a pioneer in adventure and mountain film cinematography, and to the community through support for international humanitarian work.
Michael Dillon is Australia's leading cameraman/director of adventure and expedition documentaries.
At an international level he has won more awards in this field than any other individual worldwide.
His documentary "Everest Sea to Summit" which he conceived, produced, directed and filmed is the most internationally awarded adventure documentary of all time winning nine Grand Prizes at International Mountain and Exploration Film Festivals worldwide. Filming this documentary, during a 4 month period in 1990 involved walking for 700 kilometres carrying a heavy camera the entire time.
He has made 5 Adventure Documentaries with the first man to summit Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary including the Grand Prize Winning "From the Ocean to the Sky" about a 4 month jetboat journey along India's River Ganges, and the National Geographic Special "Return to Everest". His latest film "Beyond Everest", about Sir Edmund Hillary's ongoing work with the Sherpa people of Everest, has won 5 International Awards.
Mr Jefferson Grainger
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
Jefferson Grainger is a highly experienced adventure cameraman, having filmed documentaries in the Arctic and Antarctic. He was chief camera operator filming an expedition across South Georgia with the Everest summiteer Greg Mortimer, and has filmed in sub-zero conditions in Greenland and Svalbard.
Chief Camera Operator
Travel OZ x 18 - ABC
On Thin Ice
National Geographic -Australia's Terrifying Top 20 Nine Network
Chief Camera Operator
Extreme Encounters in Travel****
Australia's Greatest Islands
Australia's Deadliest Sea Creatures
Mr Chris Grainger
Chris's passion for travelling and film-making began at the age of 12 on his first expedition to Africa, exploring the Okavango Delta from the back of an elephant while his film making father Greg Grainger and crew filmed some of the world's most fascinating creatures. Chris knew this was his path for the future.
Starting his career at 18 as one of Prime Television's leading reporters saw Chris travelling all around NSW covering a wide range of stories for the Network's stations in Canberra. Wollongong and Newcastle. For two years Chris reported on everything from medical reports to court proceedings. But his favorite's assignments were beautiful heart-warming stories.
At the age of 19, Chris was given the opportunity to direct part of the documentary TAMING THE TIGERS in Russia, which was aired by National Geographic. Chris worked with cameraman Geoff Langford to film the story of the world famous tiger trainer Nikolai Pavlenko.
In 2000, Chris joined Grainger TV full time, starting as production manager and shooting 2nd unit camera on international assignments. Since joining Greg and Jefferson at GTV, he has travelled to over 30 countries and helped to produce more than 40 programs.
Mr Wade Fairley
Wade Fairley is a cinematographer and photographer specialising in adventure and natural history subjects. Wade has made three trips to Antarctica, two sailing trips to Commonwealth Bay, and a kayak trip around the Antarctic Peninsula. Last Antarctic summer Wade spent 6 weeks kayaking around the island of South Georgia.
During October - November 2000, Eric Philips (expedition leader), Wade Fairley and Gary Kuehn completed a 25-day 210km ski/kite/kayak traverse of the South Patagonian ice cap from the Jorge Montt Glacier in Chile to Lago Argentino, Argentina. They used kayaks as sleds then paddled lakes and rivers into Argentina. It was the first Australian traverse of the ice cap.
Wade was recently producer/cameraman for a major ABC expedition in the Antarctic, filming the life of Australian explorer Douglas Mawson.
Mr Tim Cope
Tim Cope is a 28 year old from Gippsland, Victoria who is pursuing a life of adventure, writing, and film. Tim, who speaks fluent Russian, and has guided in Antarctica, has spent five years travelling in regions of Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine by bicycle, row boat, skis, horse, camel and many other means. Most of all, Tim enjoys coming to know people in their home environments by travelling in traditional and local ways.
Upon return from every experience he has been motivated to take his personal discoveries to schools, organisations and community groups through the medium of lectures, film and articles. Over time this has become his profession with the writing of books, articles and professional presentations.
In 2002, his award winning documentary,Off the Rails, On the Back Roads to Beijing, was aired on the ABC, and his book Off the Rails co-authored by Chris Hatherly, was released by Penguin in April 2003. He was also principle cameraman for The Yenisey Expedition, a film sold to National Geographic's A1 channel in 2002.