The movie (1989 - 140 minutes) starts with East Africa in 1854, when John Hanning Speke (Iain Glen) arrives looking for Richard Burton (Patrick Bergin). He brings more guns to help the expedition to the source of the Nile. They get attacked by slave traders and just manage to escape, badly injured. They return home to England and the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) sponsor another expedition into the interior. Back in Africa, the caravan moves into the wild, with porters and askaris. They come upon lions trying to feed on slaves. At night some porters desert.
Men are hungry, diseased, some run away and smoke cannabis. Burton writes his journals. They come to an arab settlement. A lot of hardships and sufferings bring them to the Lake Tanganyika. They are captured by another tribe. Speke is allowed to go for a short safari. Speke finds another lake and names it Lake Victoria. Speke returns to England, while Burton stays on the coast of Africa due to bad legs. Speke dies in an shooting accident and Burton is posted to Brazil. The source of the Nile was confirmed 12 years later.
The costumes , safari scenes, lion scenes, african countryside and tribes are very well made. The movie was shot in Liverpool, England and in Kenya.
Read some books with similar theme:-
(1) Journal of the discovery of the source of the Nile, by J H Speke (1865) 1969.
(2) Mountains of the Moon, by Patrick Synge (1937)
(3) A walk across Africa, From my Nile Journals, by James Grant (1864) 2007
(4) The Lake Regions of Central Africa, by Richard Burton (1860) 1995.
Having born in Kenya, I found this DVD interesting.
Watch and ENJOY.