Park Life

(2008) 6 x 23' commissioned by: ITV West

"It's like a village of animal folk", so says Jamie, Assistant curator at the Cotswold Wildlife Park, although with over 250 species, 24 keepers and 8 gardeners there are more animals than folk!

An observational documentary series set within the community of keepers, gardeners and animals who all live (and in the case of the humans) work at the 160 acre park near Burford.

From the birth of 13 Morelets Crocodiles to the death of an Asiatic Lion, these colourful films delve into the relationships between people and animals in captivity, exploring the dedication and drive of those who make the life and death decisions in a modern zoo.

Other Credits

Other Quintessence documentaries include "Brought Up On Oysters" and "Celts for the Day" (Channel 4). Working in a freelance capacity, Quintessence directors have also helmed a polemical documentary by former president of RIBA George Ferguson on the shortcomings of British regeneration for the "Building Britain" (BBC1 & 2) season, a film on pigeon racing "The Poor Man's Racehorse" (TVS), a portrait of the people who work in London lost property offices "Lost But Not Forgotten" (ITV), and contributed films to "A Family of My Own" (BBC1), a series that explored the lives of carers, foster children and birth parents.