“What an inspiration this young outdoor wizard is”
Goetz Werner, TV/Video Director

Radio 1 Stories – Living The Dream (2018)

Watch three young people following their own paths.

Secrets of The Plantation (2018)

Tanning Fish Skins (2017)

Young Scot Awards 2017: Zeki Basan – Environment

“Zeki, who grew up in a remote house on the edge of the Cairngorms, is an off-grid teenager with a passion and skill for sharing the value of wild places with others.

By the time he left school, he had completed all three levels of the John Muir Award through the Cairngorms National Park Junior Ranger scheme. He has been delivering bush-craft sessions to other young people ever since.

For more information on the Young Scot Awards 2017 visit:

The Wild along the Way  (2016)

(22 minutes – The John Muir Way, Scotland)

‘Zeki is a credit to his generation, sharing so many attributes that John Muir was renowned for. His film is truly inspirational and will help raise awareness of this significant figure in environmental history, as well as encouraging an appreciation and respect for the environment to protect the planet for future generations.’
Keith Geddes, Central Scotland Green Network Trust

‘Splendid work! What a perfect delight to revisit – to re-experience really – so much of the John Muir Way via his talented craftsmanship.’
Lee Stetson, actor and John Muir impersonator

In the Spirit of John Muir (2015)

(10 minutes – Yosemite National Park, California)

“John Muir is celebrated as an authentic and important storyteller for wild places, often stirring deep emotions, and Zeki undoubtedly has a gift for evoking these feelings. His confidence and skills belie his age.’
Toby Clark, John Muir Trust

  • Winner of the Award of Recognition: Documentary Short (Student) – Best Shorts Competition, California 2016
  • Winner of the Award of Recognition: Student Short – Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards 2016
  • Shown at Film Festivals in UK and USA

Review of In the Spirit of John Muir
“What a mature piece of work from such a young person. In ten minutes Zeki has really captured the spirit of John Muir from the 19th century whilst looking at the same beauty of the natural world through the eyes of a young man in the 21st.  Whilst there are young people like Zeki, there is still hope for the wild places of the future.”

Mountain Festival film for Youth Award  (2015)

‘Zeki Basan is at the start of his lifetime in the outdoors but is already a role model for other young people of what can be achieved for oneself and for the greater good of wild places.’
Mike Pescod, Fort William Mountain Festival