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Fragile Earth: Korup - An African Rainforest  (1982)

Coastal forests of Cameroon

In the depths of Korup, Cameroon's secluded rainforest, director Phil Agland uses a range of interesting filming techniques and unusual camera angles to capture a diverse range of flora and fauna. Drawing attention to this sixty million year old refugium, the lifestyle and relationships of a cross-section of its three thousand inhabitants are explored from specially built platforms, some 120 feet high in the forest canopy.

A technically stunning portrait of a unique and unspoiled environment, Korup - An African Rainforest was the first ever Earth Sciences award winner at Wildscreen in 1982. Impressive technical photography examines a wealth of species, their evolution, behaviour and social interactions. The remarkable aerial shots combine with close-ups, as monkeys and bats pollinate flowers, and a fungus completely changes the behaviour of a passing ant.

Described by Partridge Films' founder Mike Rosenberg as "absolutely dedicated", Agland spent five years filming this Fragile Earth special. Making the most of the dry seasons, he was forced to leave the jungle at one point to seek treatment for his multiple parasitic infections, returning to continue filming once free of his unwanted guests.

A poignant account of a fragile habitat struggling to survive, Korup - An African Rainforest was an important part of the campaign to declare the area a National Park, helping protect an exotic ecosystem, rich in biodiversity.

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Film credits

Director: Phil Agland
Editor: Chris Lakeman Fraser
Music: Jennie Muskett
Narrator: Michael McCallion
Photography: Phil Agland
Producer: Phil Agland
Producer: Michael Rosenberg
Production Organisation: Partridge Films Limited
Sound: Joy Chamberlain
Sound: Anthony Anscombe
Writer: Phil Agland

Related links

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Wildscreen Panda Awards 1982 (1982)
Michael Rosenberg
Phil Agland
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Coastal forests of Cameroon
Coastal forests of Cameroon
Korup's nocturnal hunters
Korup's nocturnal hunters
Trees subtle methods of defence
Trees subtle methods of defence
Wildscreen
Wildscreen "Scientific" Award, 1982
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Filming equiment in tree, used for Korup - An African Rainforest
Filming equiment in tree, used for Korup...
Filming platform used for Korup - An African Rainforest
Filming platform used for Korup - An African...
Korup - An African Rainforest filming platform
Korup - An African Rainforest filming platform
Platform in lophira tree used for filming Korup - An African Rainforest
Platform in lophira tree used for filming...