In 1991 Max wintered over in Antarctica for 11 months to produce the first comprehensive documentary on the Emperor Penguin and winter life at New Zealand's Scott Base. He then went on to film and produce many natural history documentaries worldwide, including at least 14 based around the Polar Regions.
In recent years Max has filmed extensively in Mexico, the USA, Taiwan and China, including Tibet and most recently in Brazil before Covid locked that country away.
He has now written a best-selling book on his polar filming experiences. A Life of Extremes: The Life and Times of a Polar Filmmaker, and in 2020 he was made a life member of the New Zealand Antarctic Society.