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  • Directors: Molly Dineen
  • Format: Colour, PAL, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Aug. 2011
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0051FBKY4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,422 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


The Ark

Molly Dineen is one of Britain's most acclaimed contemporary documentary filmmakers, known for her intimate and probing portraits of British individuals and institutions, and recipient of numerous accolades, including BAFTA, Grierson and RTS awards for documentary. This is the second of three volumes that bring all of her films to DVD.

The Ark (1993): In this series of four films, Dineen reveals the inner workings of London Zoo as the institution is rocked by uncertainty and change

Accompanying the zoo's keepers, managers, and animal inhabitants during a period of profound crisis, the series is a delightful, candid and moving portrait of the passions and pressures at work within this much-loved menagerie.

The Ark was BAFTA Award Winner for Best Series (1994); recipient of Prix Europa Special Commendation; Voice of Viewers and Listeners award for Best Television Programme (1993); and Indies Documentaries and Features award (1994).

Special features

  • Interview with Molly Dineen, on the making of The Ark, featuring the BBC's Alan Yentob and Dineen's sound recordist Phil Streather, and including behind-the-scenes footage at London Zoo (2011,30 mins)
  • Interview with Molly Dineen and editor Edward Roberts on the craft and techniques of making and editing
  • Fully illustrated booklet featuring new essays and notes from journalist Mark Lawson, Stella Bruzzi, and BFI curators

UK | 1993 | colour | English language | 240 minutes | DVD9 x 2 | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps) | Region 0 DVD

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jan on 2 April 2013
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I have been looking for a copy of this series since it was televised, although it stuck in my mind in vivid detail. It's a historical document, charting a crisis point not only for the zoo but also for the nation. And it's high drama. At the time it was broadcast, many of the 'players' were very active at the zoo, and were familiar figures to my children and me, as we spent a lot of time there. This may colour my perception of The Ark as one of the all-time great pieces of television, but having now had the opportunity to see it again from a distance of 20 years, I can't recommend it highly enough, whether to those fascinated by zoology or anthropology, students of politics who wants to examine the impact of Thatcherite philosophies up close, lovers of social documentary or aficionados of pure viewing pleasure..
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