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Two in the Bush  (1978)

Life as a wildlife camera team

A behind-the-scenes view of an adventurous pair of wildlife filmmakers, Two in the Bush is a compilation film telling the story of award-winning cinematographers Alan and Joan Root. Detailing how they achieved some of their most remarkable and dangerous footage the documentary brings to light their skill, patience and overall passion for the natural world.

Broadcast as a Survival Special, the production highlights the Roots’ legendary risk taking; Alan is littered with scars from hippo bites and lost a finger to a death adder. Amazing footage highlights Joan sticking her face towards a black necked cobra, all for the split second shot of it spitting venom.

This unique film gives an intriguing insight into a very special couple – Alan once affirmed that the marriage was crucial to his life - how else would he know the depth of a river before driving into it?

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: ITN Source
Address: 200 Gray's Inn Road
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0) 207 430 4480

Film credits

Additional Photography: Martin Bell
Additional Photography: Giles Camplin
Additional Photography: David Graham
Director: Harry Aldous
Dubbing Editor: Mark Anderson
Dubbing Mixer: Ted Spooner
Executive Producer: Aubrey Buxton
Film Editor: Ramon Burrows
Narrator: John Hedges
Photography: Alan Root
Photography: Joan Root
Producer: Alan Root
Production Controller: Mike Hay
Production Manager: Peter Schofield
Production Organisation: Survival Anglia Limited
Sound Recordist: Bernie Childs
Unit Photography: Geoffrey Holsgrove

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