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Richard Gregory Memorial Lecture 2016

8 November 2016

Professor Hugh Brady, Vice Chancellor of the University of Bristol introduced this year’s Richard Gregory Lecturer, Dr. Keith Scholey, Director of Silverback Films.

Held in the Great Hall of Wills Memorial Building this year’s lecture on 11th October was co-hosted with Bristol’s Wildscreen Festival.

Keith is an alumnus of the University of Bristol, and his illustrious career includes former roles as Head of the BBC Natural History Unit, and Controller of BBC Specialist Factual Production. His talk, Science and wildlife films: perfect partners, included many examples of scientific and technological innovations that have advanced the filming of wildlife to the most extraordinary levels. He interspersed his talk with film extracts that illustrated this point and captivated the audience.

Particularly memorable were the pursuit of wildebeest, and the hunting of an infant humpback whale by a pod of orcas. His talk also emphasized the influence on wildlife of environmental change, leaving us all with much to think about.

The audience were able to admire Dr Jill White’s painting of Richard Gregory, as well as an example of his famous hollow mask illusion, both on display.

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