Bristol-headquartered indie prodco Icon Films and Natural History Film Unit Botswana are teaming up for a one-off doc focusing on the hippopotamus.
BBC2 and U.S. flagship PBS station WNET have jointly commissioned the 1 x 60-minute doc, Hippos; A Life Aquatic, which will use cutting edge camera technology and filming techniques to document a hippo pod comprised of dominant male, mother and young calf as it navigates life in the swamp waters of the Okavango Delta.
Shot by natural history filmmaker Brad Bestelink and his team at Natural History Film Unit Botswana, the project aims to “reveal the intimate secrets of their complex social lives.”
Hippos; A Life Aquatic was commissioned by ‘Natural World’ strand editor Roger Webb for BBC Two and Fred Kaufman for WNET. Executive producer for Icon Films is Lucy Meadows.
The project is distributed outside the UK and U.S. by BBC Studios.
“BBC’s ‘Natural World’ and WNET’s ‘Nature’ are great partners to bring this complex and incredibly difficult to film story to the screen,” said Icon Films’ managing director and co-founder Laura Marshall in a statement. “Brad’s technical and creative skills allow this intimate story to be told in exquisite detail.”
(Photo credit: Natural History Unit Botswana)