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Cheetahs and Cubs in a Land of Lions  (1993)

Battling against the odds in the Serengeti

An atmospheric and perceptive portrayal of the Earth’s fastest land mammal, world-renowned wildlife cameraman Hugo van Lawick focuses on two cheetah cubs, exploring their challenging journey towards an independent adulthood.

With the beautiful backdrop of the Serengeti plains, the young cats play, practice hunting, escape lions and repeatedly sabotage their mother’s hunting attempts. Typical of his distinctive filming style, van Lawick presents the cheetahs as individual characters, bringing their unique personalities to the forefront as he examines the struggles they face to survive.

Abandoned once they reach eighteen months old, stunning cinematography provides an intriguing glimpse into the behaviour and social psychology of these rangy sprinters. Facing starvation, and somewhat overconfident in their own ability, memorable footage details their dramatic showdown with a pride of lions.

Cheetahs and Cubs in a Land of Lions is a vivid coming of age tale; a fascinating insight into life in one of Africa’s last great wildernesses.

Copyright holder

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

Film credits

Associate Producer: Marguerite Smits van Oyen
Associate Producer: Hugo van Lawick
Associated Broadcaster: BBC - Natural History Unit
Dubbing Mixer: Richard Crosby
Executive Producer: Michael Rosenberg
Film Editor: Mark Fletcher
Music: Jennie Muskett
Photography: Hugo van Lawick
Photography: Gil Domb
Producer: Hugo van Lawick
Production: Sophie Darlington
Production: Annabel Lawler
Production: Linda Waddell
Production: Jacqueline White
Production Organisation: Partridge Films Limited
Scientific Consultant: Karen Laurenson
Scientific Consultant: Sarah Durant
Series Unit Manager: Christina Hamilton
Sound Editor: Chris Godden
Sound Recordist: Marguerite Smits van Oyen
Sound Recordist: Sophie Darlington
Writer: Pelham Aldrich-Blake
Writer: Martin Booth

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