The Serengeti Rules

Filmmaker: Nicolas Brown
Runtime: 84 min

Synopsis: Academy Award-winning Passion Pictures and HHMI Tangled Bank Studios present one of the most important but untold science stories of our time—a tale with profound implications for the fate of life on our planet. Beginning in the 1960s, a small band of young scientists headed out into the wilderness, driven by an insatiable curiosity about how nature works. Immersed in some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth—from the majestic Serengeti to the Amazon jungle; from the Arctic Ocean to Pacific tide pools—they discovered a single set of rules that govern all life. Now in the twilight of their eminent careers, these five unsung heroes of modern ecology share the stories of their adventures, reveal how their pioneering work flipped our view of nature on its head, and give us a chance to reimagine the world as it could and should be.


About the Filmmaker

Nicolas Brown latest feature, The Serengeti Rules won 22 major awards at festivals including Wildscreen and Jackson Hole. Nicolas’ other films have won 3 Emmy awards, two BAFTA awards, and over 60 major festival awards in the USA, China, India, and Europe. For the past 7 years he has worked for Passion Pictures as a creative director, and ran Passion’s Blue Media Lab (a conservation think-tank). Also at Passion he directed and produced Earth: a New Wild, which won a Panda Award at Wildscreen for “Best Series”. He also recently directed National Geographic’s Giant Screen IMAX film Pandas 3D: the Journey Home. At the BBC Nicolas directed the award winning Earth’s Natural Wonders, two BAFTA-winning episodes of Human Planet, and the multi-award winning Climate Chaos with Sir David Attenborough. For the Discovery Channel his film The Truth About Global Warming with Tom Brokaw won the Emmy for Best Long Form Documentary. Other credits include the Emmy nominated Mankind (The History Channel), First Peoples (PBS), and the Emmy nominated series Frontier House and Colonial House (PBS/Channel 4). Brown’s latest series with Passion Pictures entitled H2O: The Molecule That Made Uspremieres Earth Day, April 22, 2020 on PBS/NOVA.