Our Specialist Factual department, Passion Planet, create inspiring science and natural history documentaries in a varied range of tailored approaches, formats and genre, from authored narratives like the acclaimed My Life As A Turkey – to ambitious landmark series like H2O: The Molecule that Made Us, for PBS and the BBC.
In the mountains of northern Kenya, a Samburu community is doing something that has never been done before, building a sanctuary for orphaned elephants to rehabilitate them back to the wild. The project is not just changing attitudes about elephants, it’s changing attitudes about women too; the secret to the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary’s success is the special bond between a group of women keepers and one special elephant named Shaba.
H2O: The Molecule That Made Us
The Molecule that Made Us is a landmark, three-part series that tells the human story through our relationship to water. We find out how our success is intimately connected to our control of the molecule, but that the growth of our civilizations has also created a dangerous dependence on a precious resource. One that may be about to run out.
The Octopus in My House
A professor develops an extraordinary relationship with an octopus when he invites it to live in his home. The octopus, called Heidi, unravels puzzles, recognises individual humans and even watches TV with the family. The episode also shows remarkable behaviour from around the world – from the day octopus, which can change colour and texture in a split second, to the coconut octopus, which carries around its own coconut shell to hide in. But most fascinating of all is seeing how Professor David Scheel and his daughter Laurel bond with an animal that has nine brains, three hearts and blue blood running through its veins. Best Animal Behaviour, Jackson Wild 2020, Best Writing, Jackson Wild 2020.
Saba and the Rhino’s Secret
Wildlife expert Saba Douglas-Hamilton takes a journey to Namibia, the home of the black rhino, in the hope of uncovering intimate details about the animal’s life and character.
The Serengeti Rules
Beginning in the 1960s, this feature documentary follows a small band of young scientists as they head out into some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth, to uncover the rules of Nature. Now in the twilight of their eminent careers, these unsung heroes of ecology share the stories of their adventures, and reveal how their pioneering work flipped our view of nature on its head, and gives us a chance to reimagine the world around us, and face up to some of the biggest environmental challenges of our time. “Nicolas Brown’s exhilarating doc The Serengeti Rules proves, predators like starfish and bass are essential for the survival of ecosystems. The photography is startling and gorgeous, and even the toughest naysayers will be hard-pressed not to admit that certain animals are essential for the protection of forests, oceans, and even endangered species.“ VILLAGE VOICE “A quality scientific documentary… with stunning cinematography and arresting juxtapositions which give the sense of the tragedy of a downgraded ecosystem.” SCREEN DAILY
A Sparks Films and Passion Planet production Released worldwide on Friday August 21st. Available to stream and download in 5 languages at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thetroublemaker In times of crisis, we get to find out who we really are. ‘The Troublemaker’ delves deep into the ideas and emotions behind the international wave of civil-protest, born in the face of the unfolding climate crisis.
Souviens Ten-Zan’s graduate film ‘Wildfire’ is a deeply moving 2D animation selected as a Vimeo staff pick. It offers us a glimpse into a firefighter’s mind and imagination, leaving plenty of questions unanswered.
My Life As A Turkey
The story of how one man left humanity behind to become a turkey explores one of those rare moments when man and animal unwittingly become linked closer than nature should allow. Deep in the American wilderness, Joe Hutto’s extraordinary narration take us to another dimension of natural history appreciation. And in this way, this film is like no other natural history documentary that has gone before it.
Earth: A New Wild
EARTH: A NEW WILD uses advanced filming techniques to provide visuals as stunning as the best natural history programs but unlike most nature films, this series turns the cameras around, to show the world as it really is – with humans in the picture. Dr. M. Sanjayan takes us to the frontiers of where man and animal meet, and here he discovers how our relationship with the greatest natural history events on the planet are intimately connected to us humans; a relationship that can provide a key to preserving our present and saving our future existence.
A docu-drama based on the story told in the award winning book ‘The Golden Spruce’, this film tracks the events which lead up to the catastrophic destruction of North America’s most precious tree. An environmental thriller set in the wilderness of Canada’s Pacific North West. This is the true story of how one man dared to challenge the destruction of the World’s last great temperate rainforest. Grant Hadwin may have instigated the salvation of the forest with his terrorist act, but his story ends in madness and self-destruction and raises the age old question: can the end justify the means?
The ocean is a cruel place—full of predators driven to survive. But at the apex of the food chain are six swift and deadly sharks. These stealthy assassins exploit prey with specialized adaptations, making them the most fearsome predators on the planet. Passion Planet filmed the first successful tagging program of thresher sharks for this Discovery Channel ‘Shark Week’ production.
Touching The Wild
A Passion Planet production for PBS. Joe Hutto’s research is anything but normal, he is dedicating seven years of his life to become a wild deer. The herd of mule deer should run from any human, but incredibly, these keenly intelligent animals have accepted this stranger as one of them. He walks amongst them; he is even groomed by them, and can lie with a pregnant doe talking to its unborn fawn. He is slowly being accepted into deer society, and as he crosses the species divide, the captivating joy this man feels for his new family is nothing short of infectious. But this human predator is also learning to see the world from the point of view of prey, and it’s an experience that will ultimately rock him to his very core, sending him running back to his own kind.
The Unnatural History of London
Most of London’s nine million residents are oblivious to the secret world that surrounds them, but nature is seeping into every corner of this capital. Coming in from the countryside, stowing away on ships the pigeons are even using the tube trains, climbing aboard to commute to their feeding sites each morning! In a very British manner, some of its residents have forged extraordinary relationships with these urban immigrants. Extraordinary images combine with the lives of ordinary people to provide a vision of a city like no other – a journey to hidden world, where we become more and more immersed in the animal stories we discover.