Quest under Capricorn

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Nature, Travel Documentary hosted by David Attenborough, published by BBC broadcasted as part of BBC Adventure series in 1963 - English narration

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Quest under Capricorn This programme is part of a collection of programmes showcasing the early work of Sir David Attenborough. First transmitted in 1963, this is the first in a series of six programmes by David Attenborough on the Northern Territory of Australia. David Attenborough, cameraman Eugene Carr and sound recordist Bob Saunders spent four months in the Northern Territory of Australia. Hoping to capture the essence of this vast territory they meet its people and explore its unique landscape and animals.

[edit] Desert Gods

Their journey starts in the south among the Aborigines of the desert, many of whom have abandoned their nomadic way of live, now living in mission stations and government settlements. But the desert holds an irresistible pull, and groups suddenly vanish to visit sacred water holes and mountains that have been the gods of the aborigines since time immemorial.

[edit] Hermits of Borroloola

David Attenborough reaches the middle of the Northern Territory of Australia and visits three people in the otherwise deserted area of Borroloola who have chosen to cut themselves off from the civilised world.

[edit] Buffalo Geese and Men

David continues his journey through Australia's Northern Territory. He looks at the hunting of local wildlife such as magpie geese and water buffalo.

[edit] The Artists of Arnhem Land

David Attenborough looks at the aboriginal artists of Arnhem Land in Australia's Northern Territory. He discovers why they paint and in doing so, gets some insight into the very origins of art.

[edit] Bush Walkabout

The bush walk reveals a wealth of wildlife including bee eaters, radjah shelduck, rose crested cockatoos, termites, kangaroos, wallabies, possums, an Australian crane and several lizards including the goanna, the thorny devil and the frilled lizard. Attenborough also closely observes the extraordinary behaviour of a bowerbird, which collects a treasury of white objects to display to its mate during courtship.

[edit] The First Australians

David Attenborough joins the Gunavidji people on the coast of the Northern Territory to obtain a better understanding of their traditional way of life. He examines the efforts of the Australian government to move Aboriginal communities away from their nomadic tradition by building welfare settlements and training schools. This programme offers a unique insight into a difficult and complex period in Aboriginal history.

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  • Video Codec: XviD ISO MPEG-4
  • Video Bitrate: 1200 kbps
  • Video Resolution: 720 x 480
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 1.333 (4:3)
  • Frames Per Second: 25
  • Audio Codec: 0x2000 (Dolby AC3)
  • Audio Bitrate: 128 kb/s 48000 Hz)
  • Audio Streams: stereo (2/0)
  • Audio Languages: English
  • RunTime Per Part: 30.Mins
  • Number Of Parts: 6
  • Part Size: 281 MB
  • Source: PDTV
  • Encoded by Harry65
  • Thanks to “llamabert”

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