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A Little Fish In Deep Water  (1995)

Mouth as nest and nursery

Golden Panda Award winner at Wildscreen 1996, A Little Fish In Deep Water is a pioneering portrayal of life in one of the world’s largest freshwater lakes. An in-depth exploration of speciation, the production centres on the cichlid family of fish. First colonising Lake Tanganyika millions of years ago, over two hundred separate species of cichlid have now evolved.

Award-winning filmmakers Mark Deeble and Victoria Stone use specialised underwater photography to record this intriguing family. Through their impressive cinematography the varied behaviour and bizarre breeding methods of these fascinating fish are brought to life. Memorable footage details a vibrant mouthbrooder releasing its young after incubating them between its lips.

Two miles deep, the lake teems with life, otters play around with inflated pufferfish, crocodiles stalk beneath the surface and cormorants dive into the crystal clear waters. Beautifully filmed, A Little Fish In Deep Water is an insightful glimpse into an astounding ecosystem and the incredible tenacity of its unique ‘little fish’.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: ITN Source
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Film credits

Assistant Cameraman: Etienne Oliff
Assistant Cameraman: Norbert Rottcher
Assistant Cameraman: Mahemba Shebani
Assistant Cameraman: Rose Olori
Associated Broadcaster: National Geographic Television & Film
Dubbing Mixer: Ted Spooner
Executive Producer: Alan Root
Field Assistant: Etienne Oliff
Field Assistant: Norbert Rottcher
Film Editor: Rob Harrington
Music: Guy Michelmore
Narrator: Ian Holm
Photography: Victoria Stone
Photography: Mark Deeble
Post Production: Alan Bray
Producer: Mark Deeble
Producer: Victoria Stone
Production Controller: Peter Schofield
Production Organisation: Survival Anglia Limited
Writer: Mark Deeble
Writer: Victoria Stone
Bobbing for a 'prickly pear'
Bobbing for a 'prickly pear'
Sardine feast
Sardine feast
An unassuming little fish
An unassuming little fish
Mouth as nest and nursery
Mouth as nest and nursery