I love me some good documentaries. Seeing how animals live on the other side of the world, people climb mountains, make the impossible possible and how cultures differ makes me want to get on the plane to see it for myself.
Good footage and substance is only half the battle, documentary narrators can make or break a film.
Below you’ll find 4 documentary narrators that give us at Roamer Post itchy feet.
March of the Penguins
Already a very nicely shot documentary on penguins struggling to survive the harsh conditions of Antarctica through blizzards, extreme temperatures with death staring straight in eyes of these tough little birds, all for one thing: LOVE. Love for each other while waiting for their better half to return with food. Love for their chick, which is strongly evident in the heartbroken devastated little faces of the young couples who loose their egg.
Mr Freeman and his voice were made for this documentary! Listening to the harsh slightly dry tones of his voice with exactly the right beat, we can’t help but imagine the male penguins humming sea shanties and gospels whilst huddling together trying to survive and protect the egg until the ladies come back.
A series combining two things that make me smile: Ocean mammals and Stephen Fry. Possibly one of the funniest and easily recognised voices on television today, it brings joy to what is already a very fun documentary to watch due to the love and excitement of Doug Allen and Didier Noirot for their job. Naturally smiling dolphins don’t hurt the fun factor either.
This fun voice that Stephen Fry brings to the table compliments the intelligence and cheekiness of dolphins swimmingly whilst adding to the mystery of whales.
The Wildest Dream
Liam Neeson guides us up the tallest mountain on the planet, through the thoughts of the first white man to attempt the top and through the eyes of the man who found his body 75 years later. A beautifully made film that draws lines between the past and the present as Conrad Ankers reenacts George Mallory’s struggle to the summit in a reconstruction of his hero’s innovative gear and clothing from the forties.
Liam Neeson brings a voice associated with holocausts and man eating wolves alike that only ads to the shivers we get from imaging the heavens and hells these men faced on the top of the world. Leaving us thinking about the man who got out-famed by his own words “Because it’s there!” for days.
Encounters at the End of the World
Werner Herzog creates films he writes, directs and narrates himself. The themes he chooses seem quite varied and unrelated to each other, except for one thing that they have in common: Dreams. Wether he’s portraying a man’s love for bears, a white diamond in the sky or life at Antarctica Base camp, the common factor is people dreaming wild while being slightly out of touch with reality. Herzog’s voice may not be the sexiest or most soothing voice amongst narrators, but his thick german accent emphasises the feeling of being a foreigner in his stories. It is a voice that gives us the feeling of being a tourists in a world outside of our own imagination and observers of all men that are peculiar.