Search icon

Movies & TV

05th Dec 2019

Netflix will be releasing a brand new David Attenborough documentary film

Paul Moore

Netflix David Attenborough

The return of the documentary king.

With Seven Worlds, One Planet continuing to enthral and capture viewers like only a David Attenborough feature can, the wait for his next feature won’ be too long.

In his new documentary, David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet will tell the story of life on our planet by the man who has seen more of the natural world than any other.

Produced by award-winning wildlife film-makers Silverback Films and global environmental organisation WWF, the documentary will provide a personal account of Attenborough’s remarkable experiences as he documented the sweeping beauty of our planet.

In his 93 years, Attenborough has visited every continent on the globe, exploring the wild places of our planet and documenting the living world in all its variety and wonder. As he says in the feature, “I’ve had the most extraordinary life. It’s only now that I appreciate how extraordinary.”

But during his lifetime, Attenborough has also seen first-hand the monumental scale of humanity’s impact on nature. Now, for the first time ever, he reflects upon both the defining moments of his lifetime as a naturalist and the devastating changes he has seen. Honest, revealing and urgent, this is Attenborough’s witness statement for the natural world.

Addressing the biggest challenges facing life on our planet, the film offers a powerful message of hope for future generations.

The world premiere event will take place at London’s Royal Albert Hall in April and have a limited cinematic release. However, it will also be released globally on Netflix in spring 2020.

Viewers of the film will hear Attenborough talk about his lifelong passion to explore, to have adventures and to learn about the wilds beyond. The broadcaster also reflects on how at the start of his broadcasting career, aged 28, the advent of global air travel opened up exciting new possibilities, but he now recognises how little we knew about the problems that lay ahead for the natural world.

Speaking about the documentary, Keith Scholey, Executive Producer at Silverback Films, has said: “I’ve worked with David on many projects throughout my career, but to collaborate on this film, which is so important at this time, has been a real privilege.

“At 93 years old, his knowledge and insight of the natural world remains as relevant and cherished today as it was the first time he introduced the British public to pangolins and sloths on television. This new film will bring together those historic moments with his views on the current problems our natural world faces and how we can solve them.”

We can’t wait.

LISTEN: You Must Be Jokin’ with Aideen McQueen – Faith healers, Coolock craic and Gigging as Gaeilge