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Unarmed Hunters  (1963)

Filming Unarmed Hunters

An intriguing, behind-the-scenes look at wildlife filmmaking, Unarmed Hunters covers 3 days in the life of the BBC’s Natural History Unit (NHU). Touring the library, cutting rooms, and editing suites of their Bristol headquarters, Unarmed Hunters reveals the hours of patient work, and numerous difficulties involved in making a thorough and accurate wildlife documentary.

Following as voice-overs are recorded, work is edited and reams of footage are shot, the production features some of the unit’s top directors, producers and cameramen. Founders of Oxford Scientific Films, Gerald Thompson and Eric Skinner are seen studiously filming in their macrophotography studio, and renowned BBC producer Richard Brock is shown on location during his latest documentary, Exe Estuary.

Clips showing the final preperation of "Birds of the Air", Les Jackman and Ron Peggs filming animals in tanks, and a film team off to join Gerald Durrell in Malaya.

An engaging account of early days at the BBC NHU, this half hour special is an interesting insight into the ‘unarmed hunters’, that work within the varied world of wildlife cinematography.

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

Appearance: Richard Brock
Appearance: Eileen Moloney
Appearance: Leslie Jackman
Appearance: Ronald Peggs
Appearance: Robert (Bob) Wade
Appearance: John F. Burton
Appearance: Michael Aldridge
Appearance: Jim Saunders
Appearance: Valerie Pitts
Appearance: Eric Ashby
Appearance: Maxwell Knight
Appearance: Nicholas Crocker
Appearance: George Pagan
Appearance: Betty Block
Appearance: Geoffrey Goddard
Appearance: Gerald Thompson
Appearance: Eric R. Skinner
Appearance: Jeffery Hugh Richard Boswall
Appearance: Jean Alvey
Appearance: George Inger
Appearance: Peter Markham Scott
Appearance: Johnny Morris
Appearance: Jean Cooke
Appearance: Pam Everett
Appearance: Brian Inglethorpe
Appearance: Jan Marshall
Appearance: Mary Priddle
Appearance: Winwood Reade
Appearance: Douglas Thomas
Appearance: Sheila Fullom
Appearance: Michael Kendall
Appearance: Howard Smith
Appearance: John Davies
Appearance: David Aliband
Appearance: Paul Khan
Appearance: Judith Chalmers
Appearance: Sheila McCarthy
Appearance: Jim Tobin
Appearance: Anne Deane
Appearance: Peter Healey
Appearance: Charlotte Gibbons
Appearance: Johnny Rickwood
Appearance: Peter Manius
Appearance: Mary Spain
Appearance: John Chantrill
Appearance: Richard Adams
Director: Christopher Parsons
Narrator: Derek Jones
Producer: Christopher Parsons
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit

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