Meet the Filmmakers
Marine conservationist and great white shark expert
South African born Chris Fallows is an expert on the great white shark and their hunting habits. He has amassed the largest database of predatory events involving great white sharks in False Bay and was the first person, together with an associate, to observe their breaching behaviour.
Spending time in game reserves with his family as a child, Fallow’s fascination with wildlife stretches back to his childhood. After moving to the coast at the age of 12 his fascination with the ocean and marine wildlife grew. At the age of 16 Chris co-ordinated a tag and release program. His endeavours, with the co-operation of local beach net fishermen, saw the tagging, documenting and releasing of over fifteen thousand sharks and rays.
In 1991, Fallows was at the forefront of great white shark tours when he started his work and research at Dyer Island off Gansbaai. He worked there until 1996 when he co-founded African Shark Eco-Charters in False Bay. It was then that he, along with colleagues, discovered the breaching great white sharks that have been made famous by the Air Jaws documentaries.
Wildlife film presenter
Jonathan has been presenting wildlife programmes in the UK and USA since 1982, featuring on long running shows such as Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom as well as the live broadcasts Africa Watch and Flamingo Watch for BBC/Discovery and Turner Broadcasting in the 1980/90s…
In 1996 he presented his own series of six African adventures for the BBC called Dawn to Dusk, but he is probably best known for his engaging role as co-host of the hugely popular series Big Cat Diary, Big Cat Week and Big Cat Live. Big Cat aired from 1996 to 2008. Re-runs of the show can still be seen at times on Animal Planet and the BBC. Jonathan became the face of many of the Diary series that followed in the ground breaking footsteps of Big Cat Diary, co-hosting Elephant Diaries, Big Bear Diary, and narrating Chimp Week.
Kim Wolhuter comes from a long line of conservationists. He grew up in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, where his father was the head game ranger and his grandfather the very first game ranger of the park. For the last 28 years Kim has been making wildlife documentaries for the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. He has won numerous awards including several Emmy Awards.
Today, Kim has developed a very different niche in the wildlife filmmaking market, where he spends at least two years on a production, getting to bond and develop very intimate relationships with his film subjects, all wild African animals. In the past these have included leopard, hyena, cheetah and African wild dogs. Through these intimate alliances he is not only able to document the animal’s lives up close and personal, but people are seeing these animals in a way they’ve never seen them before and are able to engage more with the animal and almost feel what it’s like to be that animal. He walks, runs, hunts and sleeps with these animals so much so that they completely accept his presence so everything he documents is totally natural behaviour.