2013 – 12 mins – Director/Producer/Editor
Matt and Jamie, two footloose addicts of Central Asia and Alpamys, a young nomadic Mongol-Kazakh eagle hunter venture on horseback in to the wild and windswept steppes of Western Mongolia. Both totally clueless about how to ride a horse, the aim for their mini Mongolian odyssey is to learn the essential skills in long distance equestrian travel which they later hope to use for an 1100km crossing of Eastern Kazakhstan on horseback the following year. If you have a lust for the near-mystical lands where eagle hunters and nomads dwell, the light-hearted and lively ‘Wild Steppe’ is one worth watching!
Wild Steppe 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.