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Our videos are now free and you are welcome to order them here, though not more than one of each. And we would appreciate some help to cover the postage and to enable us to go on filming the world’s butterflies. It’s very easy to donate by Paypal, simply click on "Donate" button and make a payment.

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"Gilded Butterflies, and the Secrets of their Scales" PDF Print E-mail

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2013 52 minutes DVD (region-free)


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Starting from the material collected on film over the past many years, we here present the first-ever film account of the fascinating and amazing world of colour generation in, and on, the scales on the wings of the world’s butterflies.

Hardly ever described, though essential to survival, the butterfly’s colours and how they are made have become in our generation a significant area of research and application, one of the fields of biomimetics or reverse engineering, in which we try to understand such processes and then reproduce and apply them artificially.

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“Butterflies in close-up: in the Valley of the Lower Rio Grande” PDF Print E-mail

1996 50 minutes DVD (region-free)


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A delight to watch, and a fascinating insight into the diversity of the marvellous butterflies of Southern Texas - Sir David Attenborough
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"Wonders of the East - the Butterflies of Malaysia" PDF Print E-mail

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2010 40 minutes DVD (region-free)


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Produced from a 6-week tour of the main butteerfly habitats of West and East Malaysia in 1997, the film lives an imaginary day in the lives of 120 of its butterflies. You will find yourself in many lovely locations; Langkawi island and Penang Hill in the north; through Taman Negara National Park, Genting, Kuala Selangor and the Cameron Highlands in mainland Malaysia; to Mulu National Park and Mount Kinabalu in Sabah on Borneo (East Malaysia).

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“Palawan… Butterfly Paradise” PDF Print E-mail

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2004 42 minutes DVD (region-free)


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One of our favourite 'regional'  films "Palawan… Butterfly Paradise" is now on DVD, and you can buy it here.

Not many travellers to the east finish up on the Philippines’ best-preserved and remotest island, Palawan. So it’s all the better to be able to see its butterfly treasures on film.

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"In the shadow of Kangchenjunga" PDF Print E-mail

2004 42 minutes DVD (region-free)


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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.

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“Beauty… for Survival?” PDF Print E-mail

2004 42 minutes DVD (region-free)


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An ideal film for introducing children, even as young as 5, to some of the science of the natural world, and for stimulating art work and creative writing.
That’s how a London Primary school teacher described this film.
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“O Que Passa? - What’s Going On Here?” PDF Print E-mail

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  • The latest addition to our series on the World’s Butterflies is this DVD of the Amazon rainforest, comprising 30-minute film in English and Portuguese versions, including giant otters, a jaguar, bees, beetles, spiders, and an ant-lion
  • Many more butterflies – arranged by Family

The film was made in Portuguese to help the education and conservation work at Cristalino, and we hope that many Brazilians, young and old, will be introduced to the fascinating world of butterfly-watching by seeing the film.

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“Butterflies of Kenya” PDF Print E-mail

2004 42 minutes DVD (region-free)


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Once again, John Banks’ pictures delight by their sheer beauty while his words describe the extraordinary and profound implications that butterflies can have for the expert - Sir David Attenborough

Scientific Award-winner at IWFF, Montana, 2005

Filmed in natural conditions, with additional material from the African Butterfly Research Institute, Nairobi. This film was selected to form part of the Kenya Government’s contribution to Expo 2005, in Aichi, Japan.

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“Diversity in the Rainforest” PDF Print E-mail

1996 50 minutes DVD (region-free)


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Over 500 copies sold! A fine introduction to the immense diversity of butterfly life in the Neotropics.

This film gives a graphic account of the species to be seen in a day around the Inn, situated in the upper reaches of the Amazon Basin.

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