Award Winning Filmmaker Carlos Carvalho Dies After Getting Hit On The Head By A Giraffe While On Set

May 7, 2018

Filmmaker Carlos Carvalho lost his life on Wednesday last week following a freak accident involving a giraffe. Carvalho was on set filming Premium Nanny 2 (working title) at Glen Afric Country Lodge, in Hartbeespoort, South Africa, before the incident.

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Apparently, the crew was taking close-up shots of a giraffe named Gerald when the animal got excited and began chasing another member of the crew. Carvalho, who was working as a second unit camera operator, continued shooting. Sadly, he was taken off-guard when Gerald suddenly swung his neck, hitting Carvalho on the head.


Although the 47-year-old filmmaker was rushed to Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, he was pronounced dead at 8:50 p.m. South African film crew agency CallaCrew officially announced the death of Carvalho on Thursday via Facebook.

He was a passionate filmmaker

Carvalho was quite celebrated for his work as a filmmaker. He started out in 1992 as a runner, but gradually learnt the roes until he began shooting himself.

Carvalho was awarded the Silver Lion at the Cannes Film Festival for a Childline public service announcement in in 2003. Later, in 2014, he won an African Movie Academy Award for his cinematography work in The Forgotten Kingdom.

He was also a father and husband who loved his family. Drikus van der Merwe, a photographer who was also on set at the time of the accident, said Carvalho was very passionate about his family. He revealed to The Sun:

About five minutes before he got hit, Carlos gave me his phone and asked me to take some photos of him on the rig for his kids. He was talking so highly of them and his wife. I feel so sorry for them.

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Condolences continue to come in

Friends and fans of the late filmmaker have taken to social media to express their grief at his passing.

Richard Brooker, whose family owns the Glen Afric Country Lodge, told The Telegraph that Gerald will not be taken down despite the unfortunate accident:

Gerald will remain at the lodge. He did nothing wrong.

Earlier, a representative of the lodge, named Jenny, told The Sun that Carvalho ignored safety regulations by approaching the animal to shoot.

Our hearts go out to the family of Carvalho as they deal with his passing.

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