When adventure beckons, Paul ‘Mungo’ Mungeam will be there. The British cameraman and adventurer is no stranger to extreme travel, having travelled to over 80 countries, filming some of the biggest names on television from Bear Grylls in Man vs. Wild, to actor and celebrity adventurer Charley Boorman in By Any Means: Ireland to Sydney. Now, don’t even get us started on Mungo’s rugged good looks!
Mungo took some time off to talk to Marie Claire about his ideal escape, his proudest moment and what’s left on his bucket list. Here’s a little snippet of what he has to say:
What’s on your plate at the moment?
I’m currently working on the ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ judges tour (with Simon Cowell) but have some more adventurous shoots lined up with Bear (Grylls) and others in the Spring.
What’s your idea of an escape?
Going somewhere with no phone signal or wifi, preferably up a hill!
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced?
Filming undercover at the ‘International Arms Fair’ in Athens, Greece. I tell the story in the first chapter of my book ‘Mungo The Cameraman.’ It had huge consequences.
Favourite place you’ve travelled to and why?
There’s so much variety to choose from. I love South East Asia, the people, food, colours and interesting history. But, then again I also love the Discovery Islands in BC, snow peaked mountains that reach down to inky black ocean – amazing. Then there’s the Cook Islands – Paradise on Earth. Yet, Iceland is like no-where else on Earth. Far too difficult to answer!
What’s on your perennial to do list?
Taking a holiday. I’m hopeless at it. If not working/travelling I tend to spend time at home… which is my sort of holiday?
You have been to places and done things that some of us can only dream about. We’d like to know, what’s left on your bucket list?
I’d love to go to Greenland. There are few people and few roads – a real wilderness.
Also, Patagonia looks magical.
What’s your proudest moment?
Sitting on a rock, surrounded by over 400 Gelada Baboons, 15,000 feet up in the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia. Filming wildlife for National Geographic was a dream that came true. I remember sitting there, thinking “I’ve realised my career ambition… now what?”
What’s on your bookshelf?
I have a noticeable amount of Ranulph Fiennes books – The World’s Greatest Living Explorer. He’s an extraordinary man, the real deal and my hero.
What was the most audacious thing you’ve ever done?
Stripped naked and did a back flip into a swimming pool, during Christmas celebrations on a 10 week shoot in the Cook Islands – I sprained my ankle in the process!
What’s next for you?
Following this current assignment, I have nothing officially planned for the rest of my life! That’s the way it works as a Freelancer. I revel in the freedom that it brings, I can go anywhere and do anything – so open to suggestions…
Catch Mungo in our May MC Men and read the full interview in the May issue available at newsstands and bookstores nationwide.