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Northamptonshire man makes cannibalism documentary

John Sullivan
Image caption Mr Sullivan helped film the documentary in two weeks

A Northamptonshire explorer who travels the world has helped produce a television documentary for the National Geographic channel.

John Sullivan, from Ecton Brook, was called by the channel's producers to make a feature on the history of cannibalism in Papua New Guinea.

"I love watching programmes on the station, so to actually be a part of one was amazing," said Mr Sullivan.

Mr Sullivan spent two weeks in the country shooting the feature.

"Cannibalism is such a taboo subject, that I was excited when they asked for help on the project.

"I met so many different communities with more than 858 different dialects in their native tongue, it was definitely an experience." he said.

Mr Sullivan said he had to find people who were aged over 41 years as cannibalism ended in Papua New Guinea in 1972.

"I wasn't sure what to expect from the people who ate others, but they we're really nice people. I felt completely safe with them," said Mr Sullivan.

The documentary will feature on the channel this month and Mr Sullivan said he was pleased with the result.

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