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01/07/16 – Wildlife Winners & Losers film series launched.

The films are being released on Vimeo and YouTube over the coming months in groups of ten entitled "Places”, “Places & Tourists”, “Issues”, “Species” & “Solutions”. The first films, available now, are a mixed bag to whet your appetite!

If you're short on time, watch the promo first and then go on to watch the full film when able! Check out this first:


Chimps and Trees PROMO from Brock Initiative

Chimps and Trees - The extraordinary story of one chimp and a dedicated biologist, from the Congo to Kenya.


Chimps and Trees from Brock Initiative

More here!

For updates on the Winners & Losers film campaign, go here!


Wildlife Winners and Losers Series Promo - Short Version from Brock Initiative

The natural world is changing very quickly now. The clock is ticking faster and faster. Some species are winning, some are losing. Many people are trying to help - in some exciting cases wildlife is helping itself. My series "Winners and Losers" looks carefully with well-documented evidence at these changes - past, present and particularly the future. Using previously unseen footage from the recent past we bring the story right up to date and try to look forward as to the winners and losers we might expect - and why. As far as I know, no one has done this so deliberately around the world with so many species and places. In the 60+ shortish films recently finished in 2016 we find many examples of winners, or, at least those trying not to be losers!

17/7/14 – Is Dubai Doomed? trailer, a film coming soon from Richard Brock.

This film takes an unusual look at the world famous city of Dubai, apparently unstoppable in its growth. This is certainly not a typical travelogue and includes some testing questions to its leaders about its future from a ecological point of view. Consumption of natural resources is a focus, combining smuggling, fisheries, trade, tourism, oil, flamingos, and changing marine life on a massive scale. Has Dubai gone too far? We offer solutions as climate change and sea level rise could prove to be crucial to a currently confident city which seems to defy the laws of nature. So far.


Is Dubai Doomed? from brockinitiative

11/02/14 – The latest film from Richard Brock: I was a Dog in Isiolo

The Chinese, Roads, Steam, Rhinos, Elephants and Ivory.

The latest about the greatest wildlife threat of our time.

I was a Dog in Isiolo

Urgent and unusual, this short film tracks the trail of illegal elephant ivory and rhino horn and searches for solutions from Richard Brock. Sadly, one truth about important and negative news stories is that, as the media continues to report them, they have a decreasing impact, verging on rejection. So called “fatigue”. A classic example is climate change. It is, also, I believe, true of the elephant ivory and rhino horn tragedies that the public are so used to hearing or seeing about that they are increasingly dismissed… “Oh, I know about that. Isn’t it terrible” And on the next, new, story. So I made “I was a dog in Isiolo” in an effort to overcome that elephant and rhino fatigue. However many statistics you ventilate, however many mauled elephant or rhinos you show (and many people don’t want to see those anyway), the information is diluted in the flood of today’s media. “Dog” tries to overcome this. By tracking “The Chinese Connection” where dogs are eaten in Isiolo in northern Kenya, we follow Chinese road builders north where they move from dogs to elephants, not to eat but to steal their tusks – ivory. Illegal poaching is bringing Kenya’s elephants to their knees. Not only the elephants will suffer but also Kenya’s vital tourism trade, as the wildlife is stolen by Chinese greed. All over Africa “The Chinese Connection” is from Angola to Zimbabwe raping the resources in the name of ‘progress’.

"May I please draw your attention to this short film linked to the London Wildlife Conference this February on the illegal trade in wildlife, and possible solutions in the future? Please circulate, distribute and pass on the contents to help, in particular, elephants and rhinos. Because they really need it. Just think how the Chinese would react if Africans started stealing their beloved pandas, which are protected by the death penalty!" Richard Brock (Email: livingplanetproductions@gmail.com/richard@brockinitiative.org)

New film by Richard Brock completed: Can we Save the Red?

Can we Save the Red?

We are very fond of our native red squirrel, part of our culture, part of our countryside. But how long will they be with us? Much is working against them, including the introduced tougher non-native grey squirrel, which carries a disease that kills reds but not the greys themselves. And there’s traffic, cats, lack of suitable woodland.

On the other hand, there is much working for them; dedicated volunteers, biologists, in fact many organised groups all over the country trying hard to keep the red squirrel and reduce the greys, so unfortunately introduced from North America in 1876. There are signs of success in the fight to save the reds but it is a controversial subject that raises issues about our countryside and our attitudes to wildlife. The question for the red squirrel is: can we help it make a comeback? If so, how?

This unique film travels the length of Britain through one year to assess progress and considers the future.

Can we Save the Red?

“A great film with an important message” Huw Denman, Welsh Forester

“Really excellent footage. I applaud you for having undertaken this project” Miles Barne, Chairman, Red Squirrel Survival Trust

“I have been fortunate enough to travel widely in the past with David Attenborough but now I am looking closer to home. It seemed to me that our endangered red squirrel, so widely scattered and so ably supported by dedicated people, needs all the help it can get. The problem of course is the introduced grey squirrel, well equipped to conquer and mistakenly brought in by man – not really the grey squirrel’s fault.
So I decided to make this film with my own money (and future versions for specific audiences. e.g. children) and to donate the proceeds to red squirrel conservation across Britain. It will show the national situation, encourage the many volunteers and help a most delightful; little native animal.” Richard Brock (Email:
livingplanetproductions@gmail.com/richard@brockinitiative.org)

Duration: 45 mins

To order copies of the DVD
Email: escot@escot-devon.co.uk
Call: +44 (0)1404 822188 ext 3

The film will be shown at the National and International Perspectives on Red Squirrel Conservation - 2013 National Conference on Friday the 19th of April 2013, where Richard will be present to discuss.

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Turkey's Sea Turtles in Trouble, filmed during September 2009, visits the sea turtle nesting beaches of Dalyan, Iztuzu, Fethiye, Çalis, Yaniklar, Yonca, Akgöl and Sarigerme.

 



The aim of this film is to highlight the successful implementation of conservation measures at Dalyan, while at the same time drawing the viewers attention to the lack of protection at the important neighbouring nesting beaches, many of which are also designated as Specially Protected Areas. Unplanned construction and developments to accommodate tourism, lack of regulation enforcement and non-implementation of conservation measures, pose a serious threat to sea turtle nesting. In contrast to Dalyan, a balance between environmental protection and (sustainable) development has yet to be established, with the endangered sea turtles being the victims. A dramatic drop in nesting at Fethiye has already been documented (Ilgaz, C et al. 2007), indicating poor sea turtle conservation measures in this region.

The film was produced to complement MEDASSET's campaign calling for protection of the nesting beaches at Fethiye. (Subtitled in Turkish)

This film, used alongside MEDASSET's campaign, made a significant difference... See the film listed on the Films That Make a Difference database, a collaboration between us, Wildeye, Wildlife-film.com, the American University's Center for Environmental Filmmaking and Filmmakers For Conservation.