Q&A: Richard Sidey

Interested in attending the Wasatch Mountain Film Festival?

Richard Sidey directed 2021 WMFF feature “Spellbound.” We asked him a few questions, see our Q&A conversation below:

What is in your gear bag/kit?

An SLR with some big glass, a compact drone and 360 cam

What item can you not live without?


My Jandals

How do you choose music for your films?

By establishing good working relationships with talented composers.

Most necessary character-quality for a director?

Being able to anticipate what will happen next

Who has been most influential in your directing career?


Dziga Vertov

Favorite on-set memory?

Filming a Humpback whale interacting with my team for several hours whilst undertaking research on a small boat in Antarctica

Craziest on-set/en route to set adventure?

Getting blown backwards whilst Sea Kayaking in 150kph winds in Southern New Zealand, trying to reach shelter.

More About Richard Sidey

Richard Sidey is a conservation and wildlife filmmaker / photographer based in Wanaka, New Zealand.


Living in this picturesque alpine town and local adventure hub, Richard naturally sources artistic inspiration from his surrounding environment. Environmental themes and a strong connection to nature are clearly evident in his work. A keen adventurer, bike-packer and paragliding pilot, Richard is rarely seen far from the wilderness.