Synopsis: In the farmland of England’s East Anglia, a search and rescue mission is underway. A team is working to excavate land haunted by ghosts… but these are not ordinary ghosts… they are ghost ponds. Norfolk used to have more ponds than any other English county, but over the past 50 years the pressures of modern-day farming forced landowners to fill-in ponds, making room for new crops, while burying England’s wetlands at an exponential rate. With 1 in 3 freshwater species facing extinction, and the looming threat of a biodiversity crisis, could reviving lost ponds be an answer to these problems?
About the Filmmaker: For Amanda, film and photography are an opportunity to seize life’s moments, heighten them, re-examine them, and breathe a new light into them. In the name of all things exploratory Amanda has chased an insatiable curiosity to travel the world, tapping into the pulse of different cultures and landscapes. With an extensive background as a Marine Biologist, Amanda spent years researching mysterious deep-sea squids and octopuses, discovering new species. As a deep-sea explorer making these discoveries, Amanda has always been passionate about communicating science. Eventually her career shifted towards natural history filmmaking after recognizing the impact of visual storytelling. In 2017, Amanda joined the team of a commercial production company, gaining invaluable industry experience, and later went on to found her own production company, Terrene Visions. Amanda now utilizes her adept background in research and creative instincts to tell visually captivating stories of science, wildlife, the environment, and humans’ interactions with each.