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Sexual Encounters of the Floral Kind  (1981)

The extraordinary sex lives of plants

The first ever Panda award winner for cinematography at Wildscreen 1982, Sexual Encounters of the Floral Kind provides a visually stunning exploration of the intriguing and intimate world of plant propagation.

Reproduction is a crafty enterprise in the plant kingdom, and the Oxford Scientific Films (OSF) team use outstanding macro-photographic techniques to capture plant-pollinator relationships in all their bizarre glory, revealing a world rife with trickery, cunning impersonations and self-promotion. Flowers emit the pungent smell of rotting flesh, rodents are enticed by sweet smelling nectar and hammer orchids forcibly restrain male bees, pinning them down to glue pollen grains to their thorax.

OSF, renowned for their thorough academic approach to natural history filmmaking, bring to life the extraordinary world of reproductive botany, using impressive technical photography. Combining close-up, time lapse and slow motion techniques the production offers a captivating glimpse into the seductive sexual encounters commonly exploited by the floral kind.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: Oxford Scientific Films Ltd.
Address: 47 Marylebone Lane
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7317 1330
Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
80 Wood Lane
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2

Film credits

Camera: Oxford Scientific Films Ltd.
Director: Sean Morris
Dubbing: Peter Copeland
Editor: Charles Aldridge
Editor: Chris Orrell
Editor: Charles Davis
Music: John Scott
Narrator: Barry Ernest Paine
Producer: William Lindon-Travers
Production Organisation: Oxford Scientific Films Ltd.
Script: William Lindon-Travers
Sound: Ray Goodwin
Sound: Peter Copeland
Sound: Otto Snel

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