Werner Herzog has directed a new documentary special, The Fire Within, produced by Bristol-based science and natural history production company, Brian Leith Productions.

The Fire Within, currently in post-production and due for delivery in March 2022, is a major international co-production with Bonne Pioche TV of Paris, and Titan Films of Geneva. It has been commissioned by several major European broadcasters including Arte, BBC Storyville, DR, SVT and DRK, and a major US broadcaster, with Sales Agent and Distributor, Jonathan Ford of Abacus Media Rights.

The film centres on Katia and Maurice Krafft, volcanologists and filmmakers from the Alsace region in France and the day in 1991 when Mt. Unzen, Kyushu, Japan unleashed a pyroclastic flow – a cloud of superheated gases and particles – that descended at over 100mph from the peak of the volcano, consuming everything in its path.

It instantly killed Katia and Maurice Krafft.

The Kraffts left an archive of over 200 hours of footage. Werner Herzog who had access to the entire archive, created a film described as a “requiem celebrating the legacy of Katia and Maurice Krafft.”

It is edited by Marco Capalbo, scored by Ernst Reijseger, written and narrated by Werner Herzog and produced by Brian Leith Productions, Bonne Pioche Productions and Titan Films Production.

Jon Creamer

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