A very sad farewell to the late great Richard Matthews
Member and friend, Richard Matthews, of Wild Images and Table Mountain Films, has tragically been killed in a plane crash whilst filming aerials over Namibia.
went missing on Sunday the 3rd of March and, after a wide search, his
aircraft was sadly then found crashed on the following Tuesday morning.
Richard was with his pilot, Mark Berry, who also died.
was doing what he
loved and was very excited about his
new improved aerial system when he
set off for Namibia.
will be missed sorely.
Joe Kennedy & Katharina Pechel, Table Mountain Films
was a good friend and a hugely talented wildlife camera man with many other talents and I will very much miss seeing him at festivals or in Cape Town.
My memories of Richard
are most often social...
In particular, to avoid showing the already familiar wildebeest migration, for his
grasslands programme ( Sea of Grass), Richard
found himself at a very unfamiliar event in the Sudan.
This part of Africa was, and still mainly is, difficult to get into - or even out of.
The local Merle tribe hunted the migratory kob antelope as the great herds crossed a narrow stretch of river.
This proved to be a truly memorable, almost Biblical, scene with this traditional hunt by naked men using spears.
To achieve this "first", Richard
team proved their determination and imagination and these assets were later to take him far to the south of his
beloved Africa, filming many more challenging subjects such as great white sharks, African wild dogs and some of the most beautiful aerial pictures ever taken on that continent.
And it was doing that which tragically cost him his
life, given so generously to the natural world he
An informal memorial service to celebrate Richard Matthews
will be held at the Matthews home in Cape Town on 6th April, from 5PM until 8PM.
All who knew Richard
"It is with deep sadness that Wild Talk Africa
pays homage to Richard Matthews
, who tragically past away in a plane crash while filming in Namibia.
attended a number of Wild Talk conferences and participated in numerous panel discussions over the years.