The
Caretakers

 

Beneath our feet...

A journey into the weird, wonderful and truly astonishing lives of the small yet mighty creatures who keep the world turning – beetles.

 

They have been successful for millions of years, yet they’re in serious trouble; what does the future hold for these incredibly important animals, and for us if they disappear?

 
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About the film

MADE DURING THE PANDEMIC, THIS WAS A MASSIVE LEARNING CURVE...

“I had no idea that a ladybird is a beetle!” is the reaction I often get whenever I talk about this incredible group of insects, and it perfectly sums up why I wanted to make a film about them. Not many people really know what beetles get up to, other than perhaps the famous dung beetle that tirelessly scoops up elephant dung into a ball then seemingly goes about its day, and at this point people seem to end their line of inquiry here. What does it do with this ball? How does it know where it’s going? What’s the point of a dung beetle in the first place? These are the kind of questions I wanted to set out to answer and more; I wanted to show that these innocuous, inconspicuous insects are far more interesting and important than they appear.

The overall thing that struck me throughout this production is how characterful each beetle was, showing an intelligence I had no idea insects were capable of which only made me love them more. To be able to venture outside my comfort zone and do something incredibly rewarding like this has been the experience of a lifetime.

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TOM
HANNER |

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