Elementa (2020)

  • 43min
  • Richard Sidey
  • New Zealand
  • 2020

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*** Best NZ Feature *** *** Best NZ Cinematography | Richard Sidey ***


“In Wildness is the preservation of the World.”
— Henry David Thoreau

Deep in Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest lives a rare, unique and seldom seen creature, a black bear with white fur, known locally as Moksgm’ol (the ghost bear). According to local mythology, the creator Raven asked the black bear to make one in ten cubs white, as a reminder of the Great White Time, when the world was covered in ice.

Elementa completes Richard’s Speechless trilogy, which began a decade ago with Landscapes at the World’s Ends (Doc Edge 2011) and continued with Speechless: The Polar Realm (Doc Edge 2015).

Filmed over five years on seven continents, Elementa is Sidey’s second collaboration with musician Boreal Taiga (Landscapes at the World’s Ends).

Ice, fire, earth, air and æther collide in this artistic, environmental feature, visually guided by compelling cinematography from Earth’s most remote lands. Experience the vast wilderness of the white continent and ancient rainforests, to the revered power of the world’s oceans and erupting volcanoes.

The film is a black-and-white visual meditation of all that is wild — an escape, and a chance to reconnect with the wilderness. 

Prepare yourself for full immersion. Explore, Uplift, Reconnect.

Read Britt Mann’s piece about environmental filmmakerfor Stuff at

Three of Richard Sidey’s previous films have won awards at previous editions of Doc Edge:
Aeon (2005): Best NZ Short
Landscapes at the World’s Ends (2011): Special Mention
Speechless: The Polar Realm (2015): Best NZ Cinematography


Richard Sidey


Without Dialogue

Bonus Content

Dan Shanan Interviews Richard Sidey

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