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The Wild Dogs of Africa  (1973)

Also known as: Solo
Most feared and savage killers

A riveting and incredibly dramatic account of African wild dogs, world renowned wildlife cameraman, Hugo van Lawick, explores behaviour and social interactions of a group of these hardy creatures. As the dominant female kills all but one of her subordinate’s pups, the plight of the lone survivor Solo, is interwoven with the wider story of the pack.

Stunning cinematography charts the pack as they hunt, raise their young and engage in brutal battles for dominance. Memorable footage records Solo's desperate attempts to keep up as the pack begins to move, with touching scenes showing his abandonment as, after forty miles, he finally falters.

An outstanding example of van Lawick's distinctive filming style the dogs are presented as individual characters, their unique personalities brought to the forefront as he examines the struggles they face to survive. A respected authority on wild dogs, van Lawick was initially criticised for naming the animals, his anthropomorphic approach deemed too 'unscientific'.

The Wild Dogs of Africa was hugely popular, proving in van Lawick's words, "that you could make a film on individual animals and make it interesting".

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: ITN Source
Address: 200 Gray's Inn Road
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0) 207 430 4480

Film credits

Assistant Editor: Andrew Nelson
Associate Editor: Tom Ruys
Associate Producer: Metromedia Producers Corporation, USA.
Associated Broadcaster: BBC - Natural History Unit
Director: Hugo van Lawick
Editor: Anthony Isaacs
Editor: Christopher Parsons
Executive Producer: Marshall Flaum
Film Editor: Ann Chegwidden
Location Manager: George Dove
Music: John Scott
Music Recordist: Walter Coussement
Narrator: David Attenborough
Photography: Hugo van Lawick
Producer: William Lindon-Travers
Producer: Hugo van Lawick
Producer: James H. Hill
Production Executive: Charles Fries
Production Organisation: Swan Productions Ltd
Research: James Malcolm
Research: Andrew Duits
Writer: William Lindon-Travers
Writer: Marshall Flaum

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