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Secrets of Nature
Launched in 1922, the films in the Secrets of Nature series explore animal, plant and insect life. The series pioneered groundbreaking techniques of slow-motion, time-lapse and microscopic photography, made by enterprising men and women at the forefront of science and nature filmmaking, including Percy Smith, Oliver Pike and Mary Field.
Wondrous worlds and natural processes are made visible for the first time sweet peas unfurl in the sunlight, white owls swoop on their prey, sea life lurks on the ocean floor and butterflies patiently spin their cocoons. This collection of 19 films is full of rare and special sights, films which paved the way for the natural history programmes that we know and love today. They are testament to the patience and dedication of the scientists and naturalists committed to revealing the mysteries of the natural world.