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|Tarka the Otter|
|Directed by||David Cobham|
|Written by|| Henry Williamson |
|Based on||Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson|
|Produced by||David Cobham|
|Narrated by||Peter Ustinov|
|Cinematography|| Terry Channell |
|Edited by||Charles Davies|
|Music by||David Fanshawe|
|Distributed by||Rank Film Distributors|
Tarka the Otter is a 1979 British adventure film directed by David Cobham. It is based on the 1927 novel of the same name by Henry Williamson. Tarka the Otter was voted 98th in Channel 4’s poll of the 100 Greatest Family Films. 
The role of Tarka was played by an otter called Spade. 
The music score used in the film, composed by David Fanshawe, was released on a soundtrack album on the Argo label in 1979 (ZSW 613), and included Peter Ustinov's narration.
In 1976 Anthony Phillips, formerly a guitarist with Genesis, and Harry Williamson had recorded a soundtrack to the film with the support of David Cobham, the producer. Harry had helped to persuade his father to sign the contract, reassuring him that with the music he had composed, the film would be true to the book. However, the orchestral work was not used. In 1987, Amy International paid for the completion of the work at Strawberry Studios and it was released by PRT records as simply Tarka. In 2001 the work was re-released with additional music by Voiceprint Records.  The music was commissioned for its first live performance with a symphony orchestra in Melbourne in February 2010.
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