Molly Dineen Collection Volume Two

Acclaimed contemporary documentary filmmaker Molly Dineen reveals the inner workings of London Zoo as the institution is rocked by uncertainty and change.

Molly Dineen is one of Britain’s most acclaimed contemporary documentary filmmakers, known for her intimate and probing portraits of British individuals and institutions, and recipient of numerous accolades, including BAFTA, Grierson and RTS awards for documentary. This is the second of three volumes that bring all of her films to DVD.

The Ark (1993): In this series of four films, Dineen reveals the inner workings of London Zoo as the institution is rocked by uncertainty and change.

Accompanying the zoo’s keepers, managers, and varied animal inhabitants during a period of profound crisis, the series is a delightful, candid and moving portrait of the passions and pressures at work within this much-loved menagerie.

The Ark was BAFTA Award Winner for Best Series (1993); recipient of Prix Europa Special Commentation; Voice of Viewers and Listeners award for Best Television Programme (1993); and Indies Documentaries and Features award (1994).

Special features

  • Interview with Molly Dineen, on the making of The Ark, featuring the BBC’s Alan Yentob and Dineen’s sound recordist Phil Streather, and including footage of the team on location at London Zoo (2011, 30 min).
  • Interview with Molly Dineen and editor Edward Roberts on the craft and techniques of making and editing observational documentary films (2011, 20 min).
  • Fully illustrated booklet featuring new essays and notes and with contributions from journalist Mark Lawson, Stella Bruzzi, and BFI curators.

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      • 2 Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories

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