The Life of the Rabbit

'This film shows the behaviour of the rabbit in natural surroundings. It explains how rabbits are distributed over the world, how they feed, burrow, breed and defend themselves. There are diagrams of the female reproductive organs and of the embryos, and shots of the young at different stages.' [1]

Date: 1945
Duration: 10:59

Director: Irene Wilson
Production Company: G.B. Instructional
Producer: -
Cinematographer: Oliver Pike (FZS), and Frank North
Composer: N/A
Narration: -
Editor: -
Sound Recording: -
Advisor: M. Munro
Diagrams by: Helen Dunt

Length: 35mm: 1059ft. 16mm: 424ft.


Part of the 'Life Cycle' series.

The Life of the Rabbit is a short but charming informational piece on the habits, traits and lifecycle of the humble rabbit. The film follows both ‘real’ and animated creatures, depicting a range of activities from daily grooming to the traversing of tunnels and dens, sometimes at exceptionally high speed, whilst being pursued by a rogue pole cat with a desire for a rabbit dinner. Details of the reproductive processes of the rabbit are the perfect excuse for a succession of undeniably cute shots of bunnies as they develop through the beginning stages of their lives; this narrative also acting as an educational lesson in reproduction arguably designed to be translatable to a more ‘human’ case study.
  1. ^ Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1947-50