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Film Screening "25 years of Wildlife Filming in Botswana"

Brad Bestelink
Monday, 10 Apr 2017
Drinks Reception 6.30 pm; Lecture 7.30 pm
The Function Room, Ladies Recreation Club, 10 Old Peak Road, Mid Levels

The Royal Geographical Society is pleased to welcome famous filmmaker Brad Bestelink to show films and speak on "25 years of Wildlife Filming in Botswana”. At this event, Mr Bestelink shows clips from some of his most famous films, many award-winning, while telling how he makes wildlife films in Botswana and uses his films to bring a conservation message to as broad an audience as possible. His astonishing films show a deeply ingrained bush sense, giving him an uncanny ability to be in the right place at the right time, as evidenced by the powerful and intimate stories he has captured of the wild animals of Botswana.

During his career, Mr Bestelink has made many National Geographic documentaries including: “Ultimate Enemies: Lions and Elephants”; ”Relentless Enemies: Lions and Buffalo”; “Run with the Wind”; “Living with Big Cats”; “Rhino Rescue”; “Big Cat Odyssey”; “Leopards” and “The Crocodile Labyrinth”. He has also directed a number of other productions with a variety of other broadcasters, including “Pride in Battle” The Lions of Moremi; “Cheetah – The Price of Speed; “Swimming with Crocodiles”; “The Crocodile Labyrinth”; “Diving with Crocodiles” and “The Secret Life of Crocodiles”. He also worked on BBC Natural World’s famous “Planet Earth II”.

More recently, after forming his own production company, the Natural History Film Unit (Botswana), he has filmed and directed several films specifically focusing on unusual or unique aspects of predator behaviour. These include: “A Wild Dog’s Tale” for National Geographic Wild; “Africa’s Fishing Leopards; and “Africa’s Giant Killers” jointly for BBC Natural World, National Geographic and Animal Planet. His most recent production is “Savage Kingdom”, a 6-part series that focuses on predator conflict in a single location.

Mr Bestelink’s films have won a number of international awards, ranging from Best Documentary Feature and Best Natural History Film, to awards for Best Story, Animal Behaviour and Cinematography. His “Africa’s Fishing Leopards” won Best Broadcast Feature at the International Wildlife Film Festival in 2015 and “Wild Dog’s Tale” won Best Story at Greenscreen in 2014.

Brad Bestelink hails from Botswana where he grew up in the bush. He spends most of his time in remote locations surrounded by wild animals. His ethos is to make films where the animals tell their own story. He aims, by means of creative filming and scripting, to reach a broader audience than the typical documentary watchers.

Members of the RGS, their guests and others are most welcome to attend this event, which is HK$150 for RGS Members and HK$200 for guests and others.

The Royal Geographical Society - HK wishes to express its thanks to Wilderness Safaris for its generous assistance with this lecture.

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