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Alan Root (1937–2017)

Alan Root was born on May 12, 1937 in London, England. He was a cinematographer and producer, known for Mysterious Castles of Clay (1978), Gorillas in the Mist (1988) and Baobab: Portrait of a Tree (1973). He was married to Fran Michelmore, Jenny Hammond and Joan Root. He died on August 26, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. See full bio »


(age 80) in Nairobi, Kenya

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Mysterious Castles of Clay Cinematographer
Gorillas in the Mist Miscellaneous Crew
Baobab: Portrait of a Tree Cinematographer
Mzima: Portrait of a Spring Cinematographer


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 2006 Built for the Kill (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
 1996 Heart of Africa (TV Mini-Series)
 1984 The Living Planet (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
- The Sky Above (1984)
 1980 Kopjes: A Rock for All Seasons (Documentary)
 1978 Mysterious Castles of Clay (Documentary)
 1975 Balloon Safari (Documentary)
 1967-1974 Survival (TV Series documentary) (2 episodes)
- Kill by Kindness (1967)
 1972-1974 National Geographic Specials (TV Series documentary) (3 episodes)
- The Big Cats (1974)
- Man of Serengeti (1972)
 1973 Merry-Go-Round (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
- Mzima (1973)
 1972 Mzima: Portrait of a Spring (Documentary)
 1967 Geheimnis Leben (Documentary)
 1959 Serengeti (Documentary)
Show Show Producer (10 credits)
Show Show Director (7 credits)
Show Show Camera and Electrical Department (3 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (2 credits)
Show Show Writer (1 credit)
Show Show Self (4 credits)

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Book: "Ivory, Apes and Peacocks: Animals, Adventure and Discovery in the Wild Places of Africa,".London: Chatto & Windus, ISBN: 9780701186036

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In December 1967, The Times readers were reminded that Alan Root is a Londoner, whose family emigrated to Kenya after the war. He became a self-taught naturalist, who learnt the filming side of the job from another naturalist-cameraman Des Bartlett. See more »

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