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Film Screening: "The Great Wall: The Greatest Views"

introduced by William Lindesay, OBE
Tuesday, 11 Dec 2018
Drinks Reception 6.30 pm; Film Screening 7.30 pm
The Haven, 29/F, Wyndham Place , 40-44 Wyndham Street, Central
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William Lindesay, the foremost expert on the Great Wall of China, introduces the film The Great Wall: The Greatest Views, which was produced by his sons James and Thomas Lindesay. William, who has been a regular RGS guest speaker for three decades, is accompanied by his sons to introduce the film and share some behind the scenes recollections with the audience.

“William Lindesay has a knack for approaching the Great Wall of China in ways that are creative, idiosyncratic and deeply personal”, wrote author Peter Hessler.  The medium of film thus introduces yet another completely new way of seeing and understanding the Great Wall — appreciating its many different shapes, forms, ages, conditions and landscapes from the air. 

Mr Lindesay speaks on how the film project fulfilled his dream of seeing the Wall from the air.  The filming, which began in the summer of 2016, celebrates two occasions: Mr Lindesay’s 60th birthday, with 30 of those years spent in China working on the Great Wall.  It was a dream delivered by his tech-savvy sons, who graduated from conventional photography and videography to drone filming for making of this film.  This allowed for uniquely beautiful air footage of the Wall. 

Their footage is set to be released by broadcasters in many countries from the UK to China.  The RGS is delighted to show a ‘Director’s Cut’ of the film before its official release. 

William Lindesay, OBE, is an honorary senior research fellow at Liverpool University, where he studied geography and geology in the 1970s.  Recently he received the Royal Society for Asian Affairs’ Special Award 2016.    

He first went to China to recce the Great Wall in 1986, making the first documented traverse of the ruins on foot the following year, in 1987, in which he covered 2,470 km.   Since 1990, he has resided permanently in China, spending more than 2,800 days on its Great Wall.   He has written five books on the subject, published by Harvard University Press and Penguin among others, and fronted documentaries that have been screened on National Geographic Channel, Channel 4, Discovery Channel and the Smithsonian Channel. 

James Lindesay is a graduate of history from Peking University, while Thomas Lindesay is an undergraduate there, studying International Relations.


Members, guests and others are most welcome to attend this talk, which is HK$150 for Members and HK$200 for guests and others including a glass of red or white wine. This event is free of charge for Student Members.

The Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong wishes to express its thanks to Jacada Travel for its generous assistance with this talk. 

Film Screening the Great Wall on Tue, 11 Dec

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