A small selection of our professional and casual interest documentaries is provided below. Our entire catalogue of over 100 documentary videos can be viewed on our YouTube Channel. Please take a moment to subscribe so that you don't miss newly uploaded videos!

 

Professional Broadcast Documentaries

The following videos were made for broadcast on national and international television channels.

 

Expedition, Exploration and Lecture Films

The following films include videos made during our expeditions, during trips to locate new species, or recordings of public lectures delivered by Stewart McPherson.

Giant Nepenthes Expedition

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Redfern's Giant Nepenthes expedition takes you to the tropical islands of Borneo and Palawan to see the largest and most spectacular carnivorous plants on the planet. From the giant Nepenthes rajah and N. attenboroughii, to the menacing N. edwardsiana and N. macrophylla, to the beautiful N. burbidgeae and striking N. lowii, the magnificent tropical pitchers plants really do look like creations of science fiction. Participants on this expedition will also encounter a wealth of orchid species, not to mention giant Rafflesia, spectacular scenery, and more often than not some of the unique wildlife endemic to these islands.

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The Borneo Orchids Expedition focuses on visiting four locations to explore Borneo’s amazing diversity of orchids; the Bako National Park (home to lowland heathforest orchids), Mount Kinabalu (for highland and ultrahighland orchids), Mulu National Park (for lowland rainforest, limestone growing and highland orchids) and Mount Trus Madi (for spectacular mossy cloud forests dripping with highland orchids). Although orchids are central to this expedition, the itinerary is balanced with many of Borneo’s other wildlife highlights, including a plethora of carnivorous pitcher plants, proboscis monkeys, vast caves, canoe trips through lowland rainforest and, with luck, open Rafflesia and Amorphophallus blooms.

Borneo Orchids Expedition

Sumatra Nepenthes Expedition

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Sumatra is home to arguably the greatest diversity of carnivorous pitcher plants of the world. A total of 37 known species are found on this biologically rich island alone, along with tigers, rhinoceros, elephants, countless orchids, and even the biggest flowers on earth.

This expedition takes you on a 16 day itinerary to see many of the most spectacular Sumatran pitcher plants in the wild. We will trek through pristine rainforest, mossy cloud forest, and up to the summits of dormant volcanoes to observe Nepenthes in their natural habitats. Along the way, we will encounter a vast diversity of birdlife, mammal life, orchids, and (with luck) open blooms of Rafflesia arnoldii and Amorphophallus titanum, both the largest of their genera and the world’s biggest blooms.

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Our Wildlife of Madagascar Expedition explores the very best wildlife highlights which Madagascar has to offer. Last year’s trip left the group completely spellbound. We saw 18 species of lemur, 12 species of chameleon (including the world’s smallest, the Brookesia chameleon), 4 species of leaf tailed gecko, tenrecs, many amazing snakes, numerous mantids, hissing cockroaches, several owls and nightjars, crocodiles, day geckos, tortoises and giraffe beetles.

The plant life was no less mind-blowing; from carnivorous pitcher plants (Nepenthes madagascariensis), four species of ancient baobabs, Alluaudia (Octopus trees) to Pachypodium, Euphorbia, and many orchids. We explored rainforest, dry spiny forest, gallery forest and semi-desert, with adventures to the incredible Tsingy, rock tower pinnacles carved in sandstone or limestone).

Wildlife of Madagascar Expedition

Rediscovery of Nepenthes paniculata

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Filmed during a 2013 expedition in search of Nepenthes paniculata, a carnivorous pitcher plant that had been lost to science and remained unknown for over 80 years. In this 32 minute film, Stewart McPherson travels with a team of Nepenthes expert friends to the heart of New Guinea—one of the last great wildernesses on the planet—to explore a little-known range of mountains in search of the lost species. Along the way, we witnesses New Guinea’s extraordinary cultural heritage, as well as amazing ant-plants, orchids and many species of little-known Nepenthes, and finally rediscover the lost species.

This expedition was undertaken in partnership with Holger Gossner, Thomas Gronemeyer, David Marwinski, Marius Micheler, Joachim Nerz, Andreas Wistiba amd Urs Zimmermann, with supporting film footage contributed by Dr Alastair Robinson, Jeremiah Harris and Greg Bourke.

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A lecture by Stewart McPherson held at the Royal Horticultural Society on 6th May 2014.

Stewart recounts selected stories from 200+ expeditions that he undertaken over the past decade to all corners of the globe in search of rare plants to study and photograph to complete a series of thirty natural history books and several documentaries.

Filmed by Simon Vacher.

Lecture on Plant Hunting—Royal Horticultural Society 6th May 2014

The Discovery of Nepenthes leonardoi

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A non-broadcast documentary (made just for fun) filmed during a 2010 expedition led by Stewart McPherson in search of new species of carnivorous pitcher plants (Nepenthes).

In this 23 minute film, Stewart McPherson travels to the island of Palawan in the Philippines, to climb a previously unexplored mountain. Along the journey, in uncharted territory, Stewart finds evidence of a little known tribe, a newly discovered carnivorous sundew (Drosera ultramafica) and a brand new species of carnivorous pitcher plant (which he later named Nepenthes leonardoi).

A full account of the discovery of Nepenthes leonardoi and many other spectacular new Nepenthes species is provided in Redfern’s recently published book title New Nepenthes Volume 1.

Filmed by Greg Bourke.

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Over 2012, 2013 and 2014, Stewart McPherson and the Redfern film team have spent 9 months undertaking the first journey in history to all 14 of the UK Overseas Territories to film a spectacular four-part natural history series that will be released in 2014. Most people think that the UK consists solely of the British Isles…. cold rainy islands in Europe…. but 14 groups of islands remain under UK sovereignty scattered across the seven seas. These islands, the UK Overseas Territories, collectively comprise an area 7 times the land area of the British Isles, harbour 20 times the biodiversity and 9 times the endemism. They are Britain’s secret treasure troves of wildlife and history, yet 99% of Britons are unaware that they exist or even that they are connected to the UK.

The territories are home to some of the most extraordinary wildlife spectacles on earth. From the largest penguin colonies and world’s greatest concentrations of sea birds and sea mammals, to some of the largest sea turtle breeding populations, land crab migrations and most pristine coral seas and reefs. The territories are home to countless unique animal and plant species, whose story has never been told before. The 11 months of filming has involved 70,000 km to travel to visit 19 major locations scattered across the globe, including many of the most remote and inaccessible islands on Earth. To complete the journey, the production team has relied upon Royal Airforce military planes, the last working Royal Mail postal ship, fishing trawlers, cargo vessels, and steel-hulled ice-ships.

Exploration of Mount Anipahan and Mount Kiamo

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A non-broadcast documentary (made just for fun) filmed during a 2011 expedition led by Stewart McPherson in search of new species of carnivorous pitcher plants (Nepenthes).

This 25 minute documentary follows on from “The Discovery of Nepenthes leonardoi” film (see “Documentaries” page of this website). We follow Stewart McPherson’s continuing search for new species of carnivorous plants. Stewart explores two remote peaks in the Philippines, Mount Anipahan on Palawan, and Mount Kiamo on Mindanao. On Mount Anipahan, a possible new species of pitcher plant (Nepenthes) is discovered, while on Mount Kiamo, two spectacular new species are revealed (later named N. ceciliae and N. pulchra).

A full account of the discovery of Nepenthes ceciliae and N. pulchra, and the descriptions of these plants as new species, as well as many other spectacular new Nepenthes species is provided in Redfern’s recently published book title New Nepenthes Volume 1.

Filmed by Andy Smith.

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