After a whole year of labour for love, the two short rhino films and the accompanying photographic book that we have been working on have been launched. The photo above shares a tiny insight into some of the magic that went down during filming, in the form of “Smurf” sucking our video camera!
Shot in South Africa and created in response to the escalating threat of extinction facing Earth’s remaining rhinos, the first film, Rhineo & Juliet – Love and Tragedy in Africa, addresses this crisis, while the second, The Ark – Rhino Survival Sanctuary, shares a potential solution.
Our sincere thanks goes out to all the amazing people who have given generously of their time, energy and expertise in contributing to the making of the films, as listed in the credits, as well as to the translation of both scripts into multiple languages. Special mention also to Wayne Nicholson and his team for their valued contribution and for sharing this in his post, Love & Tragedy in Africa.
Here are the films, with a word of warning to sensitive viewers: the first one contains a few brief but extremely hard-hitting scenes, which we have been repeatedly advised are critical to conveying the extent of the rhino poaching horror. These were kindly contributed by witnesses to this, who care deeply about the importance and urgency of the message. While the first is a sweeping story that tugs at the heart by humanizing rhino, the second film is documentary in nature, sharing an overview of a possible solution.
Rhineo & Juliet – Love and Tragedy in Africa
The Ark – Rhino Survival Sanctuary
As further inspiration, we’ll leave you with the words of Tony Frost, CEO of Sirocco Strategy Management, former CEO of WWF and board member of the South African National Biodiversity Institute: “It was a real pleasure to meet this morning. I must say you are embarking on a terrifically exciting journey. If there is anything meaningful that I can do I would be honoured to try . . . the rhino is a massive and incredibly important symbol of a much bigger malaise attacking this planet and therefore it is a magnificent opportunity to do something much bigger than only saving the rhino. You have the vehicle, we have to help you to drive it hard!”