Malcolm Douglas (documentary maker)
14 March 1941|
23 September 2010 (aged 69)|
Broome, Western Australia
|Occupation||Crocodile hunter/farmer, television presenter|
Malcolm Douglas (14 March 1941 – 23 September 2010) was an Australian wildlife documentary film maker, and crocodile hunter. Douglas started in the 1960s as a professional crocodile hunter and farmer, but later dedicated himself to their preservation.
In 1964, 23-year-old Malcolm Douglas and his friend David Oldmeadow ditched their jobs as stock and station agents in the Riverina region of New South Wales and set off on a six-month trip around Australia. Six months turned into four years. It was a journey that shaped Douglas' future. As the pair travelled and explored, they filmed their adventures. The film later turned into the documentary Across the Top, which still holds the rating record for a documentary on Australian television. He went on to produce more than 50 documentaries and films for Channel Seven and Channel Nine.
Filmed in 2008, his six-part series In The Bush With Malcolm Douglas aired in 2009 on Channel Seven to high ratings on Saturday nights, winning its timeslot in four out of the six weeks. Based on these ratings, after the conclusion of the series Channel Seven will replay another Douglas documentary series, In Search of the Big Barra.
On 23 September 2010, Douglas was killed in a car accident at his Wilderness Park, 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) north of Broome, Western Australia. Douglas was found crushed between his vehicle and a tree; in reports police emphasised that his death was not suspicious but are unsure of the cause of the accident.
Established in 1983 in Broome, Western Australia, it holds around 4,000 crocodiles for conservation and farming.
- Across the Top
- Follow the Sun
- Beyond the Kimberley Coast
- The Last of a Tribe
- Return to the Top
- North to Niugini
- Return to the Desert
- In the Bush with Malcolm Douglas & His Dog Boondie
- Life in Broome with Malcolm Douglas
- Survival in the Outback with Malcolm Douglas
- Kayaks in the Kimberley with Malcolm Douglas
- Along the tracks with Malcolm Douglas
- Around Australia with Malcolm Douglas
- Kimberley Adventure with Malcolm Douglas
- Malcolm Douglas Living with Crocodiles
- Travelling True North with Malcolm Douglas
- Catching Crocodiles with Malcolm Douglas
- Journey into Yesterday with Malcolm Douglas
- Bass Strait Adventure with Malcolm Douglas
- The Canning Stock Route with Malcolm Douglas
- The Pearling Coast with Malcolm Douglas
- Kakadu to the Kimberley with Malcolm Douglas
- The Macquarie Marshes with Malcolm Douglas
- Journey to Biggie Island with Malcolm Douglas
- Across the Top Again with Malcolm Douglas
- Crossing the Bar with Malcolm Douglas
- West of the Rock with Malcolm Douglas
- My Country the Kimberley with Malcolm Douglas
- In Search of the Big Barra with Malcolm Douglas
- The Gibb River Road and Beyond with Malcolm Douglas
- Land of the Long Canoes
- Islands of Arnhem Land
- One Summer
- A season of Snow
- The Big River Adventure
- Canoes in the Kimberley with Malcolm Douglas
- Over the range with Malcolm Douglas
- One Wet Season with Malcolm Douglas
- Men of the Desert with Malcolm Douglas
- North from Broome with Malcolm Douglas
- The Wild North West with Malcolm Douglas
- The Coral Coast with Malcolm Douglas
- Broome and Beyond with Malcolm Douglas
- Malcolm Douglas In the Bush
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- "Malcolm Douglas & Crocs - George Negus Tonight, Episode 98". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2004-07-27. Retrieved 2008-03-10.
- Styles, Aja; Phillips, Liam (23 September 2010). "Malcolm Douglas killed in car crash". WAToday. Retrieved 23 September 2010.
- "All you ever wanted to know about Outback cooking but were too afraid to ask…". malcolmdouglas.com.au. Archived from the original on 2007-04-27. Retrieved 2010-09-23.
- "TV Tonight - Ratings". Retrieved 2009-03-13.
- Barrass, Tony; O'Brien, Amanda (24 September 2010). "Mystery end for our original croc hunter Malcolm Douglas". The Australian. Retrieved 24 September 2010.