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Vampires, Devilbirds and Spirits: Tales of the Calypso Isles  (1994)

A carnival of life

A celebration of Caribbean wildlife, Vampires, Devilbirds and Spirits: Tales of the Calypso Isles takes an entertaining look at the myths and legends of Trinidad and Tobago, and many of the creatures on which they are based.

Nature plays a significant role in the country’s folklore, with narration by a local person and extensive role-play, the production interweaves these intriguing tales with impressive photography of the abundant wildlife, including infra-red footage of the elusive cave-dwelling oilbirds.

In the lush rainforest howler monkeys scamper up trees, vultures hunt from on high and iguanas camouflage themselves, and an exploration of the country’s caves yields more than sixty species of bat. An explosion of colour and exotic creatures, Vampires, Devilbirds and Spirits: Tales of the Calypso Isles is a cheerful portrayal of life in this sun-drenched archipelago.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
Woodlands
80 Wood Lane
London
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2
Email: motiongallery.uk@bbc.co.uk
Website: http://www.bbcmotiongallery.com

Film credits

Photography: Steve Downer
Executive Producer: Peter Jones
Photography: Martin Saunders
Photography: Richard Matthews
Series Executive Producer: John Sparks
Unit Manager: Christina Hamilton
Dubbing Editor: Kate Hopkins
Dubbing Mixer: Graham Wild
Writer: Nick Upton
Producer: Nick Upton
Sound Recordist: Trevor Gosling
Assistant Cameraman: Jenny Budd
Presenter: Paul Keens-Douglas
Script Consultant: Paul Keens-Douglas
Film Editor: David McCormick
Assistant Editor: Darren Flaxstone
Production Co-ordinator: Lea Aldridge
Resources Co-ordinator: Philippa Crosley
Costume Designer: Terry Evelyn
Costume Designer: Stephen Derek
Music: The Insects
Graphic Design: Ricochet 4
Production Organisation: Green Umbrella Limited
Associated Broadcaster: BBC - Natural History Unit
Associated Broadcaster: National Geographic Television & Film
Clips
A carnival of life
A carnival of life
Folklore of the calypso isles
Folklore of the calypso isles
Animals entwined in the myths and tales
Animals entwined in the myths and tales