After sixty years in hibernation, Disney make a welcome return to the nature documentary with the stunning study of flamingos,The Crimson Wing.
With a UK premiere at this year's EIFF, flamingo flick The Crimson Wing sees Disney venture into the habitat of the nature documentary for the first time in sixty years.
Filmed in the unspoilt wilderness of Lake Natron in Tanzania, directors Matthew Aeberhard and Leander Ward provide a rare and moving glimpse into the delicate life cycle of the endangered lesser flamingo, and their equally endangered environment.
From the joy of cheeping chicks to the horror of marabou storks disembowelling them moments later, The Crimson Wing manages to strike a balance on the bittersweet-ometer that rivals the acclaimed March Of The Penguins.
Having cost only $3million to make but globally taking $127million at the box office, March Of The Penguins' success is undoubtedly something Disney, or rather their flora and fauna themed sister label 'Disneynature', will be looking to replicate with Crimson Wing.
Hailed by conservationists as a call to arms for the protection of flamingos from the threat of soda ash mining in Tanzania, Disney score on an ecological level as well as a musical one with a
a blistering soundtrack courtesy of British, nu-jazz/ outfit The Cinematic Orchestra.
The Crimson Wing is screening on 25 and 26 June at Cineworld.
Winners of EIFF 2014’s short film awards and two of its documentary premieres have been nominated for 2015 BAFTAs.