They are big and hairy and very scary: Tarantulas. This hair-raising journey discovers the secret lives of these giant spiders and explores their rising popularity in pet and food markets worldwide.

Australian tarantulas are far more aggressive and prone to striking than their American cousins. They can also produce sounds, rearing-up angrily to hiss at any intruder, giving them their common names the “Barking” or “Whistling Spider”.

This hairy adventure explores science’s newest discoveries, introduces us to the global sub culture of the rapidly growing tarantula pet trade and discovers the big business of eight-legged delicacies on Asian food markets.

From myth and phobia to the naked truth, TARANTULA – Australia’s King of Spiders gets up close and personal to these extraordinary creatures.

A Kaufmann Co-Production with WDR/Germany & ARTE In Association with CBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Film & Festival Awards!

 

IWFF (International Wildlife Film Festival), Montana/USA,
BEST of Festival SCRIPT
BEST of Festival SCIENTIFIC CONTENT
Merit Award for GRAPHICS & ANIMATION
Merit Award for EDITING
Merit Award for PHOTOGRAPHY
Merit Award for SCIENTIFIC CONTENT Merit Award for EDUCATIONAL VALUE
WORLD MEDIA FESTIVAL, Hamburg/Germany,
GOLD Award for Nature & Wildlife Films
ATOM Awards (Australian Teachers of Media), Melbourne/Australia,
BEST Documentary Science, Technology & The Environment
A.C.S. AWARDS, AUSTRALIAN CINEMATOGRAPHERS SOCIETY, State Awards (SA & WA),
GOLD Award for Best Nature & Wildlife Film
NEW YORK FESTIVALS, NYC/USA,
BRONZE World Medal for Nature & Wildlife Films
A.C.S. AWARDS, AUSTRALIAN CINEMATOGRAPHERS SOCIETY, National Awards,
GOLDEN TRIPOD for Best Wildlife & Nature Film
US International Film & Video Festival, Los Angeles/USA,
GOLD CAMERA AWARD for First Place in category: Documentary 30-60 minutes
24th Biennial International Scientific Film Festival, Málaga/Spain,
BEST Investigative Science Documentary
NATURALE – 20th International Nature Film Festival, Bad Duerkheim/Germany,
Special Jury Award for Nature & Environmental Documentary

Further Finalist Awards!

43rd International Festival TECHFILM, Hradec Kralove/Czech Republic,
Finalist Award for Best International Science Programme
FRAPNA: 20th International Nature & Environment Film Festival, Grenoble/France,
Finalist Award Best Nature Documentary
IMAGE & SCIENCE Festival, Eiffel Tower Paris/France,
Finalist Nomination for Best Science Documentary

 

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