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Pre-orders for the SIXTEEN LEGS Blu-Ray and DVD sets are now open in a special fundraiser at

A revamp for the SIXTEEN LEGS Exhibition, thanks to Visions of Australia and supporting sponsors, with the Exhibition touring publicly with special Q&A screenings of the film for the first time! Current tour details as shown, or contact for more info.


Featuring: Neil Gaiman, Kate Miller-Heidke, Stephen Fry, Tara Moss, Adam Hills, Mark Gatiss
and scientific researchers and experts from around the globe.

Journey into a world like no other, overseen by still-living giant prehistoric spiders the size of dinner plates
seeking kinky love in the dark. Meet animals that outlasted the dinosaurs, survived the splitting of the continents
and that have endured the entirety of human civilisation in Australia’s deepest caves.

Explore a world of twisted beauty, haven to a variety of weird inhabitants but hostile to others. This is a place full of
weird animals and unusual rock formations, and where surface dwellers may drown in the very air itself.

Award-winning 4K cinematography beautifully showcases one of the
world's most spectacular wildernesses in this real-world Charlotte’s Web.

“A playful, stunning documentary... as epically gorgeous as it is fantastically artful.”
– EdhatReview, Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

“A beautiful nature documentary, expertly presented...
a masterful feat captured with resonance!”
– True/False Film Festival.

“Your story brought a charming, creative and delightfully
humanizing dimension to spiders which audiences enjoyed immensely.”

– Session Chair, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (DC).

“I don’t think it could ever be said that the work of Attenborough
will at any point be irrelevant –but, like all art, there is always room
for adaptation and imagination. SIXTEEN LEGS arguably does just that.”
Wild Melbourne Review, Melbourne test screening of the rough cut.


• WINNER: Gold Award – Australian Cinematographers Society

• WINNER: 8x Awards of Excellence – Impact DOCS Global Competition
(Documentary Feature, Natural History, Direction, Originality,
Script/Writing, Cinematography, Editing & Score)

• WINNER: 4x Awards of Excellence & 1x Award of Merit Special Mention
– Accolade Global Film Competition
(Documentary Feature, Natural History, Cinematography, Editing & Score)

• WINNER: Accolade Global Film Competition Humanitarian Award - Outstanding Achievement

• WINNER: Frack Fest Multimedia Film Festival, USA (Best Documentary)

• FINALIST: Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival (Best Educational Film)

• FINALIST: Leonardo Da Vinci Film Society/MIFF Awards, Italy
(3x categories: Best Film, Best Documentary & Best Score)

• OFFICIAL SELECTION: Santa Barbara International Film Festival

• OFFICIAL SELECTION: Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, D.C.

• OFFICIAL SELECTION: Philip K. Dick Film Festival, New York

• OFFICIAL PRESELECTION: New Zealand International Film Awards

• SPECIAL EVENT TOUR: Wildscreen Tour – United Kingdom

• SPECIAL EVENT TOUR: Palace Cinemas & CMAX – Australia

• SPECIAL EVENT TOUR: Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival – Tasmania

• SPECIAL EVENT: Dark MOFO Festival, Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)

• First public screening personally hosted by George R. R. Martin (Game of Thrones) in Santa Fe

• Global broadcast versions in collaboration with National Geographic Channel and ARTE

• FINALIST (broadcast version): Television Documentary Translation Award, France

• OFFICIAL SELECTION (broadcast version): Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam


16 Legs: Spider Love (behind-the-scenes short doco)

• WINNER: 2x Awards – Gold Award Winner and Award of Distinction
– Australian Cinematographers Society

• WINNER: Award of Distinction
– Accolade Global Film Competition Humanitarian Award

• WINNER: 2x Awards of Excellence
– Accolade Global Film Competition (Documentary Short,Natural History)

• FINALIST: Banff Mountain Film Festival, Canada

• FINALIST: Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, USA
(Marian Zunz Emerging Filmmaker Award)

• FINALIST: CINE Golden Eagle Finalist,
59th CINE Golden Eagle Awards, Washington DC

• FINALIST: Frack Fest Multimedia Film Festival, USA

• FINALIST: New Zealand Mountain Film Festival

• OFFICIAL SELECTION: Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival, Australia

• INTERNATIONAL PITCH SELECTION: Sunny Side of the Doc, France

SIXTEEN LEGS: Enter the Cave Exhibition

• WINNER: Project of the Year, Kangaroo Island, South Australia

• SIGNATURE EVENT: International Congress of Speleology

• Special Event Tour: Australia

“Giant Tasmanian Cave Spiders and Neil Gaiman!!
What more could you possibly want???”

– George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones).

Directors’ Statement

"SIXTEEN LEGS tells a previously unknown story of incredible survival to the world, in the form
of a journey, and in a global context. It was important to tell it in an innovative and fresh way,
to draw in viewers beyond those that are typically already fans of natural history.
At a time when science, education and the environment are caught in the political cross-hairs,
we feel it is significant to bring to the world a tale that celebrates
the fun and wonder of the world that preceded us and may still outlast us."

is more than just the main documentary. It is an inter-linked suite of projects focussed around the
world of antipodean CAVES and CAVE BIOLOGY, showcasing the results of a 27-year scientific research project, over
seven years of filming, and hundreds of millions of years of evolution, from the break-up of Gondwana to the present day!

  • SIXTEEN LEGS: Cave Search - Our interactive adventure learning program EXPEDITION CLASS took Primary students around the world into the realm of caves, with real-time expedition links, full teacher resources aligned to the Australian curriculum, interactive online student activities, and an expert forum linking students directly with relevant scientists. In 2014 this provided (i) direct school visits to some 1300 primary students to discuss and develop an expedition topic centered on caves, (ii) creation of Australian-curriculum aligned teaching resources that were distributed to participating schools, totaling an additional online audience of 3000 students, (iii) running of a one-month expedition by experts to survey and explore new caves discovered by the project, with a satellite link back to the online students who could interact with the explorers directly – asking questions and helping shape the expedition. The Mercury newspaper partnered with Bookend to print regular updates in the hard copy of the newspaper (reaching a weekday regional readership of 97,000 people) and to share a weekly blog online via the Mercury website (averaging 34,000 page impressions daily). See our Expedition Class page for more information.
  • SIXTEEN LEGS: Cave ART - Our high school program SKULLBONE provided students with hands-on experiences on and under ground to (i) experience an expedition to caves with scientific experts, (ii) to meet with media experts to view footage capturing key ecological events that are hard to witness directly in caves, and (iii) to undertake a behind-the-scenes visit to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) to see how artists use different methods to convey messages to mass audiences. This culminated in their own interpretation of caves to be shared with global audiences online and in display at the Enter the cave Exhibition (below), with the winners being offered the opportunity to win a trip to see Antarctica with their own eyes! Find out more about the Cave Art program and the spectacular student art it produced in the SIXTEEN LEGS books.
  • SIXTEEN LEGS: Cave ART Open - An Australia-wide version of the Cave ART program, without the specific tuition, but open to entries from around the country for students who wanted to try their hand at winning either an ocean adventure or an Antarctic flight alongside the other winners.
  • SIXTEEN LEGS: Enter the Cave Exhibition - A showcase travelling exhibition of caves, cave biology and the work behind finding out what makes this unique environment work. The Exhibition consists of (i) 48 giant back-lit panels representing a photographic journey into the science and conservation management of caves and groundwater, including the biology of the caves and the spider, (ii) woven within these is the outline of the dark fairy-tale telling of this story, designed in collaboration with Queensland artist Jodee Taylah and international best-selling author NEIL GAIMAN; (iii) these panels are surrounded with art works inspired by the exhibition, and created by both local artists and the Cave ART students mentioned above, and (iv) 2 giant mating spider replicas with 18 foot leg-spans on a giant web in the roof of the exhibition area, and a giant egg-sac pulsating with spider young... This exhibition has already toured various locations in Tasmania, South Australia and New South Wales, and components are currently on display in North America.
  • SIXTEEN LEGS: A Visit to the Queen of the Dark - A coffee-table book of the Production Art developed for the SIXTEEN LEGS exhibition and documentary in collaboration with international best-selling author and Bookend Patron NEIL GAIMAN, with a supporting photographic book (SIXTEEN LEGS: Kinky Love) on the life-cycle of the animals involved. These books are a glimpse of the creative process in progress, they showcase the student art, and they act as a fundraiser supporting the overall project. Pre-orders of the books flowed from all over the globe, including Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Spain, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Finland, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Croatia, Latvia, Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria, the UAE, China, South Africa, Brazil, Singapore and Malaysia! This is already supporting the Shadow Scholarship: a student scholarship to undertake further research into cave, underground and overlooked or forgotten environments. See our SHOP for more details on the books.
  • 16 LEGS: Spider Love - This shorter 'making-of' piece on the filming of the main documentary had a dual-hemisphere world premiere on November 9, 2014 at both the Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival in Australia and the world-famous Banff Mountain Film Festival in Canada. It was also a finalist in the Banff Festival's prestigious annual film competition! View a sneak peak
  • SIXTEEN LEGS: the Documentary - Composed from the footage captured to display this story - including life-cycles, secrets and unique animal behaviours that break the usual rules and have never before been captured in moving footage, let alone at a quality that not only illustrates the science but has informed and furthered our understanding of these unique animals. The SIXTEEN LEGS documentary was showcased to an audience of global broadcasters and media experts in France as one of only seven 'in production' natural history documentaries selected from around the globe, and has subsequently gone on to receive the accolades listed above. View the Trailer
  • And more - watch this space for a few more surprises...

To express interest in this project for screenings, students, teachers, media or anyone around the globe, please contact us at