This week saw us disrobed and terrified at the book launch of Naked And Afraid star Ky Furneaux, who has released Girl’s Own Survival Guide through Penguin. As the title suggests, it’s a book aimed at women, about training themselves to deal with unexpected situations – not just in the wilderness, but also in the urban environment and life in general.
If you haven’t seen Naked And Afraid, it’s a Discovery Channel show where two strangers, a man and a woman, are dropped into a dangerous environment with no food, water or clothes. Ky’s episode was set in the Louisiana swamplands, which are full of alligators and cottonmouth snakes. The producer was bitten by one of these snakes while scouting locations, and ended up with necrosis rotting away his leg.
We met Ky while on our travels in a safer part of America last year (LA), where she and her partner Neil put us up, showed us around Hollywood and drove us to and from the airport. After all that generosity, we were first in line outside the bookshop for the launch, laden down with cameras and lapel mikes.
Joining us was Audience Productions co-founder Ben, so it was a bit like having the old team back together as we worked two cameras and filmed heaps of coverage.
The launch kicked off with complimentary wine, followed by Ky’s speech about the book before she moved to the signing table. Taking a fly-on-the-wall approach, we captured elements from every stage of the night, which included an anecdote about the first person to get a book signed…on behalf of fellow survival legend Bear Grylls!
Afterwards, we sat Ky down for an interview, asking more about the actual book than had happened in the mainstream media – who seemed more interested in finding out about her Hollywood stuntwoman career, and who was good to work with etc.
Look out for the finished product here on the AP site!