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Wild Jamaica: Trapdoors, Tyrants and Tadpoles  (1968)

Jamaica's intrepid explorers

Delving deep into the Caribbean wildlife so often overlooked by tourists, Wild Jamaica provides an in-depth and intriguing insight into the flora and fauna of this sun-drenched isle. The first of two episodes for the The World About Us strand, Trapdoors, Tyrants and Tadpoles covers a myriad of aquatic and land-based life.

An early example of Oxford Scientific Films' (OSF) work, the production follows founders of the company, award-winning wildlife cinematographers Gerald Thompson, Sean Morris, Peter Parks and John Paling, as they explore the island's beautiful terrain and varied inhabitants. Impressive technical photography records the cannibalistic tendencies of dragonflies, velvet worms spitting at attacking ants, and American black eagles circling their prey.

One of their first steps into wildlife filmmaking, Wild Jamaica provided a solid foundation on which OSF built up a reputation for thorough and academic natural history work.

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 Commentary: Gerald Thompson
Additional Photography: John Cooke
Additional Photography: Sean Morris
Additional Photography: Peter Parks
Additional Photography: John Paling
Additional Photography: David Thompson
Additional Photography: Eric R. Skinner
Film Editor: Jim Cryan
Narrator: Alan Gibson
Photography: Gerald Thompson
Producer: Christopher Parsons
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit

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