One of Britain’s leading documentary filmmakers is to open this year’s Orkney International Science Festival – bringing with him a remarkable new film in which people from a lost city in South America open up a dialogue with western scientists.
Alan Ereira worked at the BBC from 1965 onwards, contributing documentaries to series such as Timewatch, and went on to collaborate with Terry Jones on a number of series, including Crusades, Terry Jones’ Medieval Lives, and Terry Jones’ Barbarians.
He is also a writer and historian, and co-authored with Terry Jones the companion books to the various series they worked on together. He later produced and narrated the UKTV series on the kings and queens of England.
He was awarded the Japan Prize for his radio documentary on the Battle of the Somme, and a Royal Television Society award for his documentary series on the Armada.
In 1990 he directed a film for the BBC which has become known around the world. From The Heart of the World: the Elder Brothers’ Warning was made with the Kogi people of Colombia, whose isolation from the modern world has enabled them to keep their traditional culture intact.