The Serengeti Rules

The Serengeti Rules

Feature documentary for HHMI/Tangled Bank Studios, 2018.
Broadcast version for WNET Nature, 2019.

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.”

Director Nicolas Brown
Producer David Allen
Awards Outstanding nature documentary, EMMY award 2020
Best Theatrical film Wildscreen awards, 2018
Best Science in Nature film Jackson Hole, 2019
Best Impact Film, Jackson Hole, 2019
Gran Ecran award, Ast Pariscience 2019
Biodiversity award, Ast Pariscience 2019
Green Fire award, American Conservation film festival 2018
Van Lawick Conservation award, Rotterdam wildlife film festival 2019
Audience award, American Conservation film festival 2018
Golden Owl award, Bergen international film festival 2018
Best Story, Naturvision 2019
Best Environmental film, Vancouver international Mountain film festival, 2019
Audience Family Friendly award, Maui film festival 2018
Jury award, Wild and Scenic film festival 2019
Audience award, Waimea ocean film festival 2019
Best Ocean and Environment film, Waimea ocean film festival 2019
Best Editing, Jackson Science media awards 2018
Chuck Jonkel Scientific Legacy award, International wildlife film festival 2019
People’s Choice award, Frozen River film festival winona 2020
Special Jury award, Frozen river film festival winona 2020
Winner Science film competition, academia film olomouc 2020
Best Environmental film, Sedona international film festival 2019
Best Documentary Feature, Dumbo film festival 2018
Science Innovation and exploration award, world wildlife day biodiversity film showcase 2019