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The Year of the Deer  (1977)

The private and public lives of fallow deer

Shown as part of the Wildlife on One strand, Year of the Deer is a sensitive and intimate portrayal of fallow deer in Hampshire's New Forest National Park. Directed and photographed by naturalist and renowned wildlife filmmaker Eric Ashby, it is a bewitching glimpse into the private world of these elegant animals.

Known for his innovative techniques, Ashby developed a soundproof box, or blimp, for his equipment and without the noise of the camera's mechanism he successfully films the flighty wild deer at close quarters. Quiet, dignified and with a vivid sense of place, Ashby records these beautiful creatures as does graze, bucks spar and juveniles burnish their antlers on bushes.

A lyrical recorder of nature, Year of the Deer is an outstanding example of Ashby's patient filmmaking style. Described by Peter Scott as the 'silent watcher' he engages with the deer in an imaginative and emotional way, celebrating both their natural beauty and that of the British landscape.

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

Film credits

Additional Photography: Jim Saunders
Associate Producer: Time Life Television
Film Editor: John Merritt
Film Editor: Norman Burgess
Narrator: David Attenborough
Photography: Eric Ashby
Producer: Suzanne Gibbs
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Sound: Keith Rodgerson
Sound: David Baumber
Sound: Tony Bowers
Writer: Steven Shemeld

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