KUSA - The latest documentary from the BBC Natural History Unit is a years-in-the-making story of animal life that shows some of the most clever survivalists in the natural world.
'One Life' spans the continents. Filmmaker Michael Gunton was our guest on 9NEWS 8 a.m. Narrated by Daniel Craig, the film shows animals at critical moments in their lives.
The film opens by comparing how seals, primates and frogs raise their young. Later, bearded vultures are shown breaking open bones to get at the marrow by dropping them from high above the Ethiopian highlands.
Capuchin monkeys crack open palm nuts with rocks; dolphins kick up undersea mud to flush fish out of the water and into the air. There are elephant calves fighting to free themselves from mud, and fungus-growing ants, all in high-definition.
"Viewers can expect an extraordinary experience," Gunton said. "Viewers will get close to a lot of animals. Get into wildlife and think, 'Yeah, I have more in common with them than I thought.'"
He believes 'One Life' is the type of film that you go into the theater, and an hour later, you leave feeling a whole lot smarter and you think to yourself, "I just learned something and all I did was sit on my arse."
Gunton gives credit to the audience when he says, "the most basic human characteristic is curiosity. And, it is the most admirable."
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