Truckers are some of the most confident people I know. They are the strong men and women who work long hours – and they are also the loneliest, as they don’t get to see much of their families.
They are formidable characters because they live a dangerous life on the road. Long-haul trucking is about dealing with extreme and unpredictable situations, some pleasant, but some very, very bad.
It is these experiences on the open roads, and on the awe-inspiring journeys, that shape them into worldly-wise, fearless, and extremely engaging TV characters.
To make the series This Way Up, we found three outstanding Asian truckers from India and China. And over six months, we followed their journeys across six epic Asian highways.
From the Karakoram Highway to the Manali-Leh Highway, from the Chengdu-Tibet Highway to the wettest region in Northeast India, we saw firsthand the life-threatening risks they encounter daily.
At the same time, their great sense of humour, optimism and intelligence inspired us to keep going further and higher with their trucks, and we managed to film all the amazing landscapes, the impossibly treacherous driving conditions, and the epic human stories along these magnificent highway networks.
Almost every crew member came down with high-altitude illness, or battled flu, fatigue and rough sleeping conditions. Yet, these three truckers kept us going because we believe in their stories, their honest livelihood – and we were extremely lucky to get to see these epic highways through their lenses.