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Subject: So. Studies/Sciences: Geography/Cultures

The Australia Series

A series of documentaries that offers in-depth studies on the geography, history, culture, and wildlife of the island-continent, Australia; also informative perspectives on significant contemporary issues are addressed. Series: 4 programs (30 to 52 minutes). Click for more

Australia: They "Shoot" Crocodiles, Don't They? (cc)

Australia: They

"Highly Recommended! The central point of this documentary of a year in the field is the difficult, sometimes tedious, often dangerous, and incredibly time-consuming process of capturing wildlife on film. The pace and scenes follow the daily life of a year long working safari. Many shots are candid clips of the normal chatter that accompanies the extraordinary tasks of adventurers journeying through Australia’s Kakadu National Park, down the South Alligator River, and into the homeland of the Aboriginal Gagadju people. Although the tongue-in-cheek title of the film makes it seem like crocodiles are the main photographic prey, Antilopine Kangaroos, geese, termite mounds, waterfalls, and birds also make their appearance. We watch a dingo chase through a flock of geese, and follow baby goslings as they grow up during the year of filming and then are released into the wild." -EMRO Review
This incredible program is really two stories in one. First, for those who wonder what goes into making a wildlife documentary, this is an intimate, behind-the-scenes' look at a year in the life of a film crew. Rory McGuinness and partner Rebecca Scott, together with their three-year-old daughter, Bella, and camera assistant Matt Cadwallader, set out to film the crocodiles, kangaroos and other creatures of northern Australia's Kakadu National Park. But more than learning the challenging how-tos of making a film from a team of experts, this documentary is also an unforgettable journey into an ancient wilderness, a unique archaeological and ethnological reserve that has been inhabited continuously for more than 40,000 years. Here you travel down the remarkable South Alligator River, encounter tropical extremes, experience enduring landscapes, and visit the homeland of the oldest surviving human culture in the world, the Aboriginal "Gagadju" people. You learn the trick of filming Antilopine Kangaroos, you see termite mounds as big as trees, view Aborigine women catching poisonous snakes in a river, and learn the true story of Australian crocodiles in the wild. Produced by ABC International, Inc. 2008 Closed-Captioned JSCA 52 min.

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