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Nation on Film: Kearton's Wildlife  (2006)

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A historical review of wildlife photography and filmmaking in the early 20th century, Kearton's Wildlife celebrates the life and works of the hugely popular naturalist Cherry Kearton. Interspersed with his own remarkable footage, the production explores his groundbreaking work, charting his rise from amateur naturalist on his father's Yorkshire farm to an international star of the silver screen.

Kearton travelled the world to capture wildlife images cinema audiences had never seen before, and this half hour programme provides an interesting glimpse into the pioneering photographic techniques he developed, together with his brother Richard. Using ladders, special tripods and hides made from dead animals, Kearton obtained the first moving images of a whole host of wild animals, particularly from Africa.

Narrated by David Jason, the show includes interviews with David Attenborough and Chris Packham, discussing the enormous contribution Kearton made to wildlife filmmaking. Paying tribute to a charismatic and hugely influential man, Nation on Film: Kearton's Wildlife is an entertaining portrayal of Britain's first wildlife presenter and filmmaker.

Film credits

Assistant Producer: Lucy Smickersgill
Associated Broadcaster: The Open University
Camera: John Anderson
Camera: Steve Horrocks
Dubbing Mixer: Kate Davis
Dubbing Mixer: David Mason
Executive Producer: Catherine McCarthy
Executive Producer: Caroline Ogilvie
Executive Producer: Tony Parker
Film Editor: Bob Bradley
Music: Poseidon - Music
Narrator: David Jason
Online Editor: Tim Savage
Photography: Cherry Kearton
Producer: Richard Taylor
Production Co-ordinator: Katie Bennett
Production Organisation: BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation
Series Director: Rachel Bowering
Series Producer: Jacob Hickey
Sound: Nigel Chatters
Sound: Tom Humphris
Title Design: Gus Henry

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