The Serengeti Rules

A Passion Planet and HHMI Tangled Bank Studios Production

Premiere: Tribeca International Film Festival 2018

Green Fire Award | American Conservation Film Festival
Best Theatrical Film - Wildscreen Film Festival 2018
Best Editing - Jackson Hole Science Media Awards 2018
Golden Owl Award - Bergen International Film Festival 2018


Nicolas Brown


David Allen

Beginning in the 1960s, this feature documentary follows a small band of young scientists as they head out into some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth, to uncover the rules of Nature. Now in the twilight of their eminent careers, these unsung heroes of ecology share the stories of their adventures, and reveal how their pioneering work flipped our view of nature on its head, and gives us a chance to reimagine the world around us, and face up to some of the biggest environmental challenges of our time.

“Nicolas Brown’s exhilarating doc The Serengeti Rules proves, predators like starfish and bass are essential for the survival of ecosystems. The photography is startling and gorgeous, and even the toughest naysayers will be hard-pressed not to admit that certain animals are essential for the protection of forests, oceans, and even endangered species.“

“A quality scientific documentary... with stunning cinematography and arresting juxtapositions which give the sense of the tragedy of a downgraded ecosystem."