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New addition to the World's Butterflies DVD series...October 2011

Brought to you now in collaboration with the newly-opened North American Butterfly Association's National Butterfly Center near Mission, Texas, this film was shot by us in 2001, during a 3-week stay on the Reserves along the Rio Grande, on the US border with Mexico.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 October 2011 10:04
"Wonders of the East - the Butterflies of Malaysia" PDF Print E-mail

Have you ever seen the Royal Assyrian? Really! You never heard of him? Well, this latest film in our World’s Butterflies series to come out on DVD includes a lovely close-up sequence of the remarkable Nymphaline with that name (aka Terinos terpander robertsia) with its startling blue-shot upperside, all set to music as it fans in the afternoon sun in one of Malaysia’s most lovely Parks, Mulu National Park in East Malaysia (Borneo).

Others wonders of Malaysia on this 40 minute transfer to DVD are the Tree nymphs of Penang Hill; some of the many Graphium swallowtails in the Taman Negara National Park; and of course Malaysia’s national butterfly,  Raja Brooke’s Birdwing – Troides brookiana - perhaps the most elegant and extraordinary of all Birdwings.

The film is also remarkable for having been almost all shot - in 1997 - in analogue Hi-8 video, and through a black-and white viewfinder. And for fans of true celluloid, all the 'Extras' on the disc were filmed in the 1980s in 16mm Kodachrome. As we enter the next visual revolution, the High Definition age – it’s lovely to see these older formats on the screen, now mediated by digitisation into the excellent DVD format.

The world of these butterflies is in danger. Malaysia has excellent National Parks where many of these species can be seen, and a very active Malaysian Nature Society But much of the Cameron Highlands will be lucky to survive as a forest butterfly location, with the improvements being made to highways and tourist resorts.

All over the world, butterflies are threatened by our passion for cheap holidays and commercial development.  Think of this film as an alternative to travel and sightseeing for the years ahead.
Last Updated on Sunday, 05 December 2010 15:07
Sixth International Award for Cinebutterflies PDF Print E-mail

"In the Shadow of Kangchenjunga", our film of the butterflies of Sikkim, which was released in January 2009, won another Award for Cinebutterflies at the 32nd International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula, Montana, USA, in April. Given a Special Mention for its Cinematography, the film was the fifth to receive an Award. Three other films have been distinguished for their scientific content, and one for its educational content.

The Festival attracts entries worldwide and is the largest annual gathering of wildlife filmmakers.

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 December 2009 13:03
Go East! to the mighty Himalaya... PDF Print E-mail

Ever since my first sight of the great Kangchenjunga range in 1962, I have wanted to make a film of the butterflies of Sikkim against the background of the Himalayan peaks. In 2006 Pat and I managed a short trip, into Sikkim, and the Darjeeling District of West Bengal, which once was also part of greater Sikkim.

You can see the results in In the shadow of Kangchenjunga, released on DVD in January 2009.

Made to help Sikkim schools introduce young people to the beauties and wonders of that marvellous country's natural heritage, the film runs for 35 minutes and presents a lively selection of its butterflies. As always it is shot close up, and brings the riches of the butterflies vividly to life, as well as the valleys and forests of the Himalayan foothills.

The Asian species are also shown on our 2 films, Palawan... Butterfly Paradise which you can buy on DVD, and "Wonders of the East" which we hope to have available on DVD soon.

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 December 2009 11:52
Madagascar - or "how not to do it" PDF Print E-mail

Our 3-week mission to Madagascar in November 2007, with a group from Florida, was a big learning experience (code for 'disaster'). As a warning to others who may suffer the same difficulties, here are the lessons we learnt.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 November 2009 13:02
Diversity in the Rainforest PDF Print E-mail
“Diversity in the Rainforest” – our best-selling film of the butterflies of Peru – is now available as a DVD.

As with all our films, the DVD format is “region-free” ie suitable for all parts of the world, including the USA.

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 December 2009 12:49
Another Award for Cinebutterflies, March 2007 PDF Print E-mail

Latest from the 2007 Missoula International Wildlife Film festival in Montana
“O Que Pasa? What’s Going On Here?” - our 2006 production on the butterflies of the Rio Cristalino Reserve in Brazil – won a Merit Award for Presentation of Information.

“The Final Judges were very judicious and gave a great deal of critical analysis to every entry this year, viewing 115 Finalists,” said the Festival Director in announcing the result. To receive a Merit Award is very meaningful and you should feel very proud.”

This is the 5th Award won by Cinebutterflies films -

  • In 1998 “Puzzles of the Past: probing the history of Europe’s butterflies” won a Scientific Content Award
  • in 2002 “Palawan…Butterfly Paradise” won both a Scientific and an Educational Award.
  • In 2005 “Butterflies of Kenya” also won a Scientific Award

The Cristalino Lodge owner, Dona Vitoria, reports that almost all the visitors to the Lodge now see the DVD “O Que Pasa? What’s Going On Here?” and are amazed at the amount of information it offers, as well as showing the beauty of the rainforest there.

“More people, fewer butterflies” – India and Sikkim, 2006 PDF Print E-mail

We - Pat and I, that is – visited India in October –November 2006, filming the butterflies and also the high mountains, especially Kanchenjunga and Narsing.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 November 2009 13:06
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