Under an Eastern Sky


Under an Eastern Sky
Coming in 2017 – Post Production
Producer/Director/Editor
In 1913 a little-known Anglo-Irish explorer called Sir Charles Howard-Bury, leader of the first ever expedition to Everest in 1921, commenced a 10,000km journey by rail, horseback and ship from Mullingar, Ireland to Kazakhstan. One century on, Matthew Traver and Jamie Maddison ventured to Eastern Kazakhstan for a 63 day and 1100km horseback ride to commemorate the centenary of Charles’ own journey through this Central Asian nation.


Under an Eastern Sky is a part of the ‘Tales from the Steppe’ film collection on Central Asia.

Over the course of three years Matthew prepared a series of expeditions and adventure projects throughout Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. In addition to a successful marketing campaign collaborating with twenty-two sponsors/organisations, the project also resulted in fifteen film screenings, multiple published articles, presentations, a book by Jamie and an award for ‘Furthering British-Kazakh Relations’ at the House of Commons on behalf of the British-Kazakh Society. The films in the collection include A Portrait of Orozbek, Under an Eastern Sky, Wild Steppe, Packrafting the Khovd and Through Grains of Sand and Sun.

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