Wildlife film festival to visit Swindon this autumn

By Jessica Durston - 17 May 2022

Arts and Culture

Wilderland - the UK's first touring wildlife film festival - will be visiting Swindon's Wyvern Theatre this autumn.

Wilderland prides itself upon sharing with audiences, the best natual history films from world-class filmmakers across the globe. 

Selected from over a hundred entries, Wilderland is now back for its third year touring the 2022 Official Selection showcase.

The Swindon festival date is Monday 17 October. The films will start at 7.30pm. 

Tickets are priced at £20 with concessions getting £2.50 off. Bookings can be done at https://swindontheatres.co.uk/Online/tickets-wilderland-film-festival-swindon-2022.

A spokesperson for the event said: "These ground-breaking independent films will offer audiences unparalleled insight into some of the world’s most incredible stories from our natural world. A must-see for lovers of wildlife, film, travel, conservation, and adventure."

The film festival will also be hosted by wildlife television presenter, filmmaker, and field biologist Dan O’Neill.

After working internationally as an expedition researcher and video journalist, he joined the BBC’s Natural History Unit, presenting for BBC Earth.

Dan has been presenting for BBC Earth since 2019, and last year he starred in a four part docu-series for BBC Earth Digital. Additionally ‘Snow Leopards: Ghosts in the Snow’ documented Dan’s journey to Kyrgyzstan to search for the famously shy snow leopard.

In early 2022, Dan co-presented ‘After We’ve Gone’, a four part docu-series which looked at the way in which nature recovers after humans leave. His next series, 'Dan O'Neill Investigates' will be released later this year and he his currently filming a new six-part series for Curiosity Stream.

As well as presenting, Dan has produced and presented various documentaries, high-profile fashion features, musical collaborations and digital campaigns engaging new audiences in conversations around exploration, conservation and climate change.


Review information:

It’s so exciting to see these breathtaking films on the big screen for the first time” - Steve Backshall

Wilderland is special because it gives audiences unparalleled insight into some of the world’s most incredible wildlife” - Gordon Buchanan


The Wilderland tour is coming to 13 venues around the UK. A full list of dates can be found below:






Thursday 13

Gelbenkian Kent

Friday 14

Leatherhead Theatre

Saturday 15

Abingdon School

Sunday 16

Bath Komedia

Monday 17

Swindon Wyvern Theatre

Tuesday 18

1532 Bristol

Wednesday 19

Exeter Northcott



Sunday 6

Edinburgh Roxy

Monday 7

Aberdeen Tivoli

Tueday 8

Glasgow Eastwood

Wednesday 9

Oban Corran Halls

Thursday 10

Rheged Cumbria

Saturday 12

Shetland Arts Centre


Organisers say the festival is suitable for ages 12+. It is recommended that under 16’s recommended have adult supervision. 


Find Wilderland online:

Website: https://www.wilderlandfestival.com

Facebook: @wilderlandfest

Twitter: @WilderlandFest

Instagram: @wilderlandfest #wilderlandfilmfestival

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