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The Savage Paradise : Cheetahs The Blood Brothers  (1993)

Alliances bound by ties of blood

A charismatic and incredibly dramatic account of the lifestyles and interrelationships of different cheetah groups on Africa's Serengeti plains, Cheetahs – The Blood Brothers documents a lone female, a mother and cubs, three dominant blood brothers, and a young set of twins.

Broadcast as part of the BBC's The Savage Paradise series, this fifty minute production employs the talents of world famous wildlife cameraman Hugo van Lawick. An outstanding example of his distinctive filming style, the cheetahs are presented as individual characters, their unique personalities brought to the forefront as the wet season approaches and tensions rise.

Stunning cinematography emphasises the harsh beauty of the wild Serengeti, with van Lawick skillfully building up the suspense as the different groups realise they are covering the same ground. Casting the blood brothers as the bandits of the piece, memorable footage details the trio as they swagger in unison across the dusty plains, the 'showdown' scene hugely reminiscent of those in old Western movies.

Powerful and perceptive, with a vivid sense of place, Cheetahs – The Blood Brothers offers an incredible insight into life in one of Africa's last great wildernesses.

Copyright holder

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

Film credits

Associated Broadcaster: Hugo van Lawick
Associated Broadcaster: National Geographic Television & Film
Associated Broadcaster: HTV
Director: Hugo van Lawick
Dubbing Editor: Chris Godden
Dubbing Editor: Lynne Robinson
Dubbing Mixer: David Old
Editor: Mark Fletcher
Editor: Gus Christie
Executive Producer: Michael Rosenberg
Music: Jennie Muskett
Music Mixer: Richard Whaley
Narrator: Ian Holm
Photography: Hugo van Lawick
Photography: Ian McCarthy
Producer: Hugo van Lawick
Production: David Reed
Production: Vanessa Boeye
Production: Marguerite Smits van Oyen
Production Organisation: Partridge Films Limited
Sound: Ken Capper
Sound: Marguerite Smits van Oyen
Writer: Brian Jackman
Writer: Nancy LeBrun

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