sixteen legs

Giant prehistoric spiders seek love in the dark. Join Neil Gaiman for a journey into Australia’s deepest caves in this real-world “Charlotte’s Web”.

programme information


2 x 60' or 1 x 60' or 1 x 90'

Production Company

Bookend Trust Pty. Ltd






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

Episode Information

Giant prehistoric spiders the size of dinner plates seek kinky love in the dark. As the world rapidly descends into the next period of global mass extinction, a message of hope comes from an unlikely hero: a creature, often unfairly reviled, that has survived prior mass extinctions and climatic change in a magical ecosystem hidden beneath the World Heritage mountains of one of the world's last great wildernesses. With spectacular imagery and a dark-fantasy twist, this real-world “Charlotte’s Web” capitalizes on master story-teller Neil Gaiman’s global popularity to bring a story of stability and solitude into our world of rapid change. Award-winning cinematography documents the 25th anniversary of scientific research into animals that outlasted the dinosaurs, survived the splitting of the continents and have endured the entirety of human civilisation in Australia’s deepest caves. Journey through the visually stunning wilderness of Tasmania to an underworld that few people have seen. This film excites and inspires modern audiences with the joy of adventure in the natural world, and celebrates the wonder of an ecosystem that preceded us and may still outlast us

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