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Lizard Kings

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Join the ‘Lizard Man’, distinguished US biologist Dr. Eric Pianka, on an expedition into Australia’s red heartland, where miniature video cameras open windows into the secretive world of monitor lizards. 

Monitor lizards outlived the dinosaurs – these living dragons are the world’s largest and most powerful lizards – and they’re surprisingly smart. Monitor lizards are real life dragons. Armed with sharp teeth and tearing claws, these fearsome predators are calculating killers. And they are very clever. They outlived the dinosaurs and evolved into the largest lizards still walking the planet. 

Visit the University of Tennessee, where monitors are doing what mammals do – they’re thinking ahead. It’s all cold comfort for the hapless victims of these formidable Lizard Kings.

Awards:

Film and Festival Awards!

  • ATOM Awards (Australian Teachers of Media), Melbourne/Australia:Best Documentary Science, Technology & The Environment
  • ACS Awards (Australian Cinematographers Society), State Awards (SA & WA): Gold Award for Best Cinematography Wildlife & Nature Film and The Milton Ingerson Award for Best Entry of the Year (including all categories)
  • ACS Awards (Australian Cinematographers Society), National Awards: Award of Distinction for Wildlife & Nature Cinematography
  • IWFF (International Wildlife Film Festival), Missoula/USA: Honorable Mention Award for Animal Behaviour Honorable Mention Award for Educational Value
  • World Media Festival, Hamburg/Germany: Intermedia Golden Globe Award for Best Documentary Nature & Wildlife
  • TECHFILM Festival, Prague/Czechoslovakia: Best International Film
  • 5th CMS VATAVARAN Environment & Wildlife Film Festival, New Delhi/India: Finalist for Best International Nature Film
  • NaturVision Film Festival 2010, Neuschoenau/Germany: Finalist for Best Story, Finalist for Best Camera, Finalist for Grand Award NaturVision
  • Green Screen Nature Film Festival, Eckernfoerde/Germany: Finalist Best Science Documentary
  • Goethe Institute Science Film Festival, Bangkok/Thailand: Finalist Science Awards & part of Festival Screenings
  • Festival International du Film Animalier d’Albert, Albert/France: Finalist Best Scientific Documentary (Prix du Film Scientifique)

A Kaufmann Co-Production with WDR/Germany & ARTE, in Association with NOVA/WGBH Boston and ABC Australia

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