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A comprehensive look at saltwater and freshwater crocodiles.
Series : Australian Wildlife Series | Year : 1974 | Total Duration : 51 Minutes | Producer : Don Murray, John Morris
Director : John Shaw |
Baby crocodile at a crocodile farm. Baby crocodile being held by hand. Crew member filming from a bamboo platform, with camera protected by an umbrella. Crocodile being weighed at a crocodile farm. Crocodile in an enclosure at a crocodile farm.
Crocodile with its mouth tied shut. Crocodiles with their mouths tied shut. Crocodiles with their mouths tied shut. Cuscus, being held by hand. Houses off the coast, on stilts above sea level.
Kookaburra or Kingfisher on a tree branch. Papua New Guinean man in traditional dress, wearing an elaborate headdress. Papua New Guinean men in traditional dress. Swordfish on a boat. Trees lining the banks of a river.
Zoom out from large saltwater crocodile on grass. GS crocodile walking on mud. CUs dinosaur-like tail. Crocodile facing camera then leaping to the left of screen. MS crocodile emerging from water towards camera. Opening title. MS Vox pop including long-haired bearded young man, various women, children etc.
Access No. 124321 | 1 min 41 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA/BBC | Colour |
Two men hold baby crocodile outside crocodile farm enclosure to entice adult from pool. Crocodile leaps to attack. CUs of crocodile's head behind wire fence. MS baby crocodile on Rod Kelly's arm. Tracking shot through mangrove with tilts to ferns and vegetation POV boat. WS river and crocodile over swamp with superimposed graphic of map of Australia showing crocodile distribution.
Access No. 132581 | 1 min 11 secs | 1970s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA/BBC | Colour |
WS river and escarpment. CU track river bank and two white birds taking flight. GS goanna (or monitor) on river bank. Track of large flock of white birds (probably corellas) in flight and landing in tree. MS crocodile in water walking towards camera and CU head in profile. MS two crocodiles on swamp and GS young crocodile swimming away from camera into muddy brown water
Access No. 132582 | 50 secs | 1970s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA/BBC | Colour |
WS white birds (probably corellas) in tree in front of escarpment and zoom out from crocodile barely visible in brown river water to river with large bluff behind. WS sea waves near shore. CU seagull walking in wave wash on sand and GS saltwater crocodile swimming in small waves. WS crocodile on beach in front of waves lapping shore and MS of same with small waders (birds) close by. GS seagulls.
Access No. 132583 | 58 secs | 1970s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA/BBC | Colour |
WS crocodile in small shore breaking waves. MS Curlew Sandpiper feeding off muddy beach shoreline poking long bill into sand. WS crocodile and seagull and track of crocodile running into sea from shore with head visible as it swims off. WS white birds (probably corellas) in tree and GS crocodile on beach.
Access No. 132584 | 53 secs | 1970s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA/BBC | Colour |
CU man (Gary Zillfleisch) in dinghy hitting water surface with oar then paddling deeper and doing same until crocodile attacks the oar. Zillfleisch enters water and drags crocodile caught in net to shore by tail. Track of magpie goose flying down and landing in swamp reeds.
Access No. 132585 | 2 mins 38 secs | 1970s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA/BBC | Colour |
MS famous crocodile hunter Henry Hanush sitting in bush near marsh observing scene. WS birds in swamp. Hanush looking through binoculars and cigarette in mouth, CU Great Egret in swamp reeds. VS Hanush stalking crocodile through long dry grass carrying rifle. MS shooting from behind tree. WS dark birds taking flight from trees in alarm and magpie goose moving on from reeds.
Access No. 132586 | 51 secs | 1970s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA/BBC | Colour |
MS crocodile hunter Henry Hanush examining dead crocodile on waters edge. VS Hanush straightening crocodile's tail and measuring body length with hand. VS turning crocodile over onto back and moving into position for skinning. CUs skinning with knife while procedure is explained by Hanush. VS Hanush pulling remnants out crocodiles stomach including rocks, fish.
Access No. 132587 | 3 mins 27 secs | 1970s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA/BBC | Colour |
WS red dirt road and bush with road sign to town of Laura in foreground. 4WD enters shot and swerves on dirt road as it drives away from camera. WS 4WD through scrub on dirt road leaving clouds of dust in its wake. 4WD pulls into Laura as the town prepares for its annual rodeo. High angle shot of vans, caravans and children riding a carousel resembling a large hills hoist with children swinging high on horses.
Access No. 132588 | 43 secs | 1970s | Laura, Qld, Australia | © NFSA/BBC | Colour |
CU Laura post office sign. WS of locals standing and sitting near store and MS family group sitting on fence. VS people at rodeo wearing bush hats, drinking beer, and placing bets with one Aboriginal man in bush hat participating. CU sign for Crocodile handicap. CU bookie handling money. MS group of men and women watching horse race. Slow-motion children on carousel and good fade into jockeys mid race in clouds of white dust.
Access No. 132589 | 1 min 6 secs | 1970s | Laura, Qld, Australia | © NFSA/BBC | Colour |
CU slow-motion children, both Aboriginal and non indigenous on carousel and slow-motion riders on bucking broncos at rodeo. Slow-motion falls in clouds of dust. MS Aboriginal rider slowly getting to feet from fall. CU Gary Zillfleisch speaking about the toughness and pioneering spirit of remote areas like Laura in FNQ.
Access No. 132590 | 1 min 34 secs | 1970s | Laura, Qld, Australia | © NFSA/BBC | Colour |
VS two men, one in checked flannel shirt re-enacting a bull fight, kneeling on grass at night, circling and headbutting watched by pub audience. MS older bearded man ordering beers at bar in Lion's Den Hotel. MS people at bar. GS men drinking at tables on verandah. CUs conversation between crocodile hunter Henry Hanush and Charles Tanner questioning ethics of killing breeding crocodiles.
Access No. 132591 | 3 mins 4 secs | 1970s | Laura, Qld, Australia | © NFSA/BBC | Colour |
WS crocodile farmer Charles Tanner at dam edge and zoom to him throwing chunks of meat from bucket to baby crocodiles. VS baby crocodiles eating. Voice over of Tanner discussing the intelligence and feeding habits of crocodiles as he's observed.
Access No. 132592 | 5 mins 23 secs | 1970s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA/BBC | Colour |
VS cartoonist and crocodile conservation supporter Eric Jolliffe. CUs Jolliffe's cartoons of Aborigine's encounters with crocodiles. CUs more serious art works by Jolliffe portraying Aborigines. WS pan across wetland swamp. WS cave exterior and VS John Shaw being shown rock art by two local experts, Dick Roughsey and Percy Trezise. CUs cave paintings and Aboriginal expert Roughsey, explaining hand stencils.
Access No. 132593 | 3 mins 57 secs | 1970s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA/BBC | Colour |
Pair of Aboriginal men from Edward River Mission watched by clapping and chanting onlookers perform crocodile dance in sand. Good CU of crocodile's eyes only visible in murky water. Crocodile then disappears in water. MS large black wild pig at edge of swamp then crossing.
Access No. 132594 | 2 mins 19 secs | 1970s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA/BBC | Colour |
GS crocodile in moss covered swamp with VS young dingo foraging near river bank and entering swamp. MS crocodile snapping at dingo and dragging it into swamp. MS crocodile thrashing dingo in water. Reserve owner Gary Zillfleisch luring crocodile in swamp with piece of meat. VS crocodiles thrashing in water on on swamp banks. CU freshwater crocodile with jaws open.
Access No. 132595 | 1 min 22 secs | 1970s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA/BBC | Colour |
GS breeder Gary Zillfleisch walking with bucket and addressing tourist group. GS tourists behind wire fence with cameras poised watching as Zillfleisch throws meat to crocodile submerged in green swamp who raises head whilst chewing. VS Zillfleisch luring crocodiles with meat for tourists to see and MS crocodile snapping at meat. MS crocodile doing death roll with meat on line.
Access No. 132596 | 2 mins 39 secs | 1970s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA/BBC | Colour |
VS breeder Gary Zillfleisch giving tourists a show at crocodile farm giving crocodiles meat and being chased by other hungry crocodiles. GS crocodile taking meat on string and walking off pulling Zillfleisch behind. MS Zillfleisch talking to onlookers and telling joke.
Access No. 132737 | 1 min 51 secs | 1970s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA/BBC | Colour |
Man swimming in pond with crocodiles in crocodile farm in Thailand. MS crocodiles eating in pool. High angle shot of Thai man stamping on crocodile's tail then dragging it out of pool by the tail for public entertainment. GS small boy watching father manhandling crocodile and forcing it to wave to audience.
Access No. 132738 | 2 mins | 1970s | Thailand | © NFSA/BBC | Colour |
High angle shot of Thai man cleaning crocodile skins in tank. Zoom out from man in factory polishing skins to other Thai workers stamping and softening skins. MS workers around table fashioning skins into bags and zoom to finished crocodile skin bag.
Access No. 132739 | 1 min 20 secs | 1970s | Thailand | © NFSA/BBC | Colour |
ECU nose in profile with zoom out to crocodile hunter Henry Hanush squatting in bush shooting with rifle. Hand held shots of Hanush running to river bank and shooting several times at crocodile in river making splashes in water. GS Hanush wading into water and CU dead freshwater crocodile floating underwater. MS carrying small crocodile out.
Access No. 132740 | 1 min 9 secs | 1970s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA/BBC | Colour |
ECU detail of Papua New Guinean stamp showing traditional New Guineans skinning crocodiles. Zoom out to perforated sheet of same stamps. VS muddy interior of Papua New Guinean crocodile farm. VS ground in enclosure writhing with crocodiles. Slow zoom into crocodile's open mouth to camera. VS of small crocodile being caught, subdued, measured and weighed in sling.
Access No. 132741 | 2 mins 41 secs | 1970s | Papua New Guinea | © NFSA/BBC | Colour |
MS two men in outboard dinghy down Edward River. Track along river with cliffs and wetland banks POV boat. Track following skipping fish down muddy river. VS men in boat. VS boat on sandy river bank releasing young crocodiles in river after first measuring them on side of boat and clipping crocodile's tail and claws to enable identification on recapture. Track following young crocodile into water.
Access No. 132742 | 1 min 57 secs | 1970s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA/BBC | Colour |
MS Gary Zillfleisch with long pole prodding large saltwater crocodile near nest which snaps at pole. CU crocodile's head. CUs uncovering crocodile eggs in nest resembling large potatoes. Zoom to Zillfleisch carefully placing thermometer in nest. CU of crocodile with mouth open and eye looking at camera then pan along scales to foot. MS raised rear end of crocodile on nest digging straw and dirt over nest with foot. CU sleeping crocodile.
Access No. 132743 | 1 min 41 secs | 1970s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA/BBC | Colour |
CU baby crocodile emerging from egg and calling. CUs of others hatching. CU baby crocodile emerging from egg on back. CU bloodied embryonic fluid in egg. CU dead crocodile half out of shell. Pans down body of adult crocodile and MS open jaws. VS Charles Tanner feeding young crocodiles at water's edge. CU large crocodile emerging from mossy river and VS crocodiles in and out of water. CU of spiked tail into water.
Access No. 132744 | 3 mins 45 secs | 1970s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA/BBC | Colour |
WS crocodile on beach with waders close by and sunset light glistening on sea . Closing credits
Access No. 132745 | 48 secs | 1970s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA/BBC | Colour |