They Might Be Giants
Format: 6 x half hour
Synopsis: THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS is a 6 part TV half hour, factual adventure series following Pete Breidahl as he searches the Solomon Islands, exploring local leads and firsthand accounts to uncover the origins of the mythical, tribal legend of Giants. The series is set against the inhospitable, sparsely inhabited jungles of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.
Pete Breidahl (ex New Zealand Army machine gunner and hunting guide) is a fish out of water in a city environment. Not so in the jungle, which is a dichotomy in itself as he grew up in an urban landscape. He struggles with the complexity of modern life and longs for a simpler existence, which he believes he will find living in the margins of society, much like the central character of Paul Theroux’s Mosquito Coast.
Fancying himself as a modern day Indiana Jones, with all the bravado and enthusiasm for adventure, Pete is forever ready to embark on the next potentially life threatening experience. But he shares more with Indiana Jones than he realises. Pete is often underprepared, half cocked and disorganized all part of his charm as he always seems to come out on top despite his haphazardness.
In 2003 while serving on a peacekeeping mission in the Solomon Islands, Pete had a chance encounter with a young, local hunter in a state of shock after a traumatic experience. The boy, no older than 15, spoke of an experience that would be forever etched into Pete’s mind and keep him returning to a far off land risking life, limb and love to search for these Giants.
According to local folklore and eyewitness accounts, the Solomon Islands are home two types of undescribed hominid. Locally known as “Giants”, proof of their existence has never been found. Few people have ever dared. The environment is extreme in the least one of the world’s few remaining frontiers. Pete’s familiarity with the Solomon environment and it’s people are second to none, making him the most qualified and albeit unlikely man to find out: Is this the missing link? Is it a different species altogether? Or is it simply years of oral storytelling now far removed from reality? Whatever lies behind these stories, truth or fiction, Pete Breidahl is likely to be the man to do it.
© Legitimate Films, 2015