Returning (seires title) - Kingfisher (episode title)

The Kingfisher is usually associated with natural rivers, but this story takes place along the Scheldt-Rhine Canal, providing passage for 70,000 cargo ships yearly. So successful is the kingfisher, that they now even inhabit some creeks bordering the busiest canal in the world. Ultra high-speed cameras and special setups to film underground in their nest burrows have resulted in a unique film. It shows the life of the kingfishers, as they conquer the challenges of such an unusual environment.

Director: Cees van Kempen

Cees van Kempen (1963) is founder of Ispida Wildlife Productions. He graduated as Master of Science at the University of Delft and worked as a civil engineer and management consultant in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Indonesia and The Netherlands. Meanwhile he has gone on to develop his passion for filming. As an amateur he created some short films, finding out he not only had the passion but also the talent for this profession. Presenting a showreel at Wildscreen 2012 resulted in several offerings of leading international wildlife production companies. In 2013 however he secured commissioning for the independent production of a high end three episode series for Dutch public television. He then handed over his consultancy company to become a fulltime wildlife filmmaker and to start Ispida Wildlife Productions.

2007: amateur ‘handycam’ production of a travel documentary
2009: amateur ‘handycam’ production of first nature movie about Kingfisher
2014 – career switch
2013 – 2015 : first professional production of three episode series RETURNING for Dutch public television and international distribution

50 Min.
Director: Cees van Kempen
Script: Caroline Brett
Cinematography: Cees van Kempen
Editing: Alan Miller
Music: Jos Jansen
Narrator: Alan Miller
Editor: co-produktion with Dutch public broadcaster BNN-VARA
Producer: ispida Wildlife Productions BV