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
• Emmys 2022 Winner Outstanding Nature Documentary
• Wildscreen 2018 Winner Best Theatrical Film
• Jackson Wild 2019 Winner Best Science in Nature Film
Best Impact Film
• AST Pariscience 2019 Winner Grand Ecran
Biodiversity Award
• American Conservation Film Festival 2018 Winner Green Fire Award for Best of Festival
Audience Award
• Rotterdam Wildlife Film Festival 2019 Winner Van Lawick Conservation Awards
• Bergen International Film Festival 2018 Winner Golden Owl for Best of Festival
• NaturVision 2019 Winner Best Story
• VIMFF 2019 Winner Best Environmental Film
• Maui Film Festival 2018 Winner Audience Family Friendly Award
• Wild and Scenic 2019 Winner Jury Award
• Waimea Ocean Film Festival 2019 Winner Audience Award
Best Ocean and Environment Film
• Jackson Hole Science Media Awards 2018 Winner Best Editing
• International Wildlife Film Festival 2019 Winner Chuck Jonkel Scientific Legacy Award
• Frozen River Film Festival 2020 Winner People's Choice Award
Special Jury Award
• Academia Film Olomouc 2020 Winner Best Science Film
• Sedona International Film Festival 2019 Winner Best Environmental Film
• World Wildlife Day Biodiversity Film Showcase 2019 Winner Best Science Innovation and Exploration Award