Award-winning filmmaker dies after being attacked by giraffe on set

Filmmaker Carlos Carvalho was killed after being attacked by a giraffe while filming a movie in South Africa.

The 47-year-old father of two was rushed by helicopter from the Broederstroom scene to a hospital in Johannesburg but doctors were unable to save him.

An award-winning director has died after a giraffe crushed his skull as he reportedly tried to get a close up of the animal. Carlos was filming a feature at Glen Afric and had a fatal run in with a giraffe on set.

"Drikus Van Der Merwe, a member of the film crew, also told the outlet, "[The animal] started chasing the boom swinger who joined our unit.

His death was officially announced on the film crew agency, CallaCrew's Facebook page. We started shooting close ups of its body and its feet. He then swung his neck with force, hitting Carlos and causing him to fly up in the air.

Glen Afric spokesperson Jenny said that Carvalho had ignored safety instructions not to approach the animal, saying: "He was unauthorised to film. Carlos didn't see it coming".

He said: "Carlos was standing in front of the giraffe, the animal bent its neck and swung its head".

Richard Brooker, whose family owns the lodge, told The Telegraph that Gerald will stay at the lodge. "He wasn't aware of the danger", he said.

"I could see he was unconscious". I suppose we get so used to filming animals that we become desensitised in a way'. Brooker added that Gerald the giraffe will remain on the farm, as in the incident of "not guilty".

The announcement continued, "Our thoughts and condolences go out to Carlos' family and friends during this very sad time". In particular, in 2003 he was awarded a special prize at the Cannes global film festival, and in 2014 the film Director was awarded an African Academy award for his film "the Forgotten Kingdom".

  • Rogelio Becker