1 St Augustine's Yard, Gaunts Lane, Bristol, UK, BS1 5DE 

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Silverback Films specializes in the production of high quality wildlife films for both television and the cinema. Formed in 2012 by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, the company brings together a world class team of wildlife film makers to create the highest quality natural history films. Silverback Films now includes the following productions.

'Perfect Planet ': A seven part landmark series for the BBC for delivery in 2020


Silverback are currently in production on 'Our Planet'. An 8 part landmark series commissioned by Netflix, with an online offering focussing on conservation being made in collaboration with WWF. 

Feature Films
The Silverback team have recently made four feature films for Disneynature, ‘African Cats’ (2011), 'Chimpanzee' (2012) and 'Bears' (2014) and 'Monkey Kingdom'.(2015) We are currently making another feature for Disneynature, for release in 2017.

Silverback is based in their new offices at 1 St Augustine's Yard, Gaunts Lane, Bristol, UK, famous as the British center for wildlife film production.

What's Happening/ In Production



Our Planet 

Silverback Films teams with Netflix and WWF to create Our Planet, a landmark eight-part series combining the spectacular photography of Planet Earth with an unprecedented look at the Planet’s remaining wilderness areas and their animal Inhabitants to debut in 2019.

Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, will premiere across all its territories in 2019 in collaboration with Silverback Films and WWF.

The ambitious four year project – the largest of its kind ever attempted – will take viewers into never-before-filmed wilderness areas from the ice caps and deep ocean to deserts and remote forests, introducing them to the most precious species and places that must withstand the impact of humanity so generations to come can enjoy the bounties of the natural world. Using the latest in 4K camera technology, the series and a range of specially produced storytelling for multi-media platforms will bring millions of people into intimate contact with some of the world’s rarest animals and most precious natural habitats.

WWF, the world’s leading conservation organization with operations in more than 100 countries and over 5 million members, is providing the Silverback team unparalleled access to its projects in protected areas around the world and will collaborate on multi-media storytelling across its web and other platforms.

Executive Producers Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey
Producers Huw Cordey, Jonnie Hughes, Jeff Wilson, Hugh Pearson, Sophie Lanfear, Mandi Stark, Adam Chapman
Assistant Producers Hugh Wilson, Jo Harvey, Kieran O’Donovan, Gisle Sverdrup
Researchers Ben Macdonald, Elisabeth Oakham, Ilaira Mallalieu, Olly Scholey
Head of Production Jane Hamlin
Production Manager Sarah Wade
Production Coordinators Rebecca Coombs, Vicky Singer, Tara Knowles
Technical Support Manger Dan Clamp
Technical Support Darren Clementson, Charlie Dyer

For Netflix in association with WWF

In production 

Perfect Planet

5 part series Commisisoned by BBC Worldwide for BBC 1 for delivery 2020. Earth Sciences meets natural history. 


In Production


In production. Silverback films is currently making three more Disneynature feature films which will be announced shortly.


March 2018

Silverback Films Camera Bursary Deadline Approaching ! 

Silverback Films invite applications for their 2018 Cameraperson bursary.

Closing Date 15 March 2018.

Silverback Films is looking for a bursary cameraperson to work on one or more of its blue chip productions. 

Please do not call the company direct, but apply as instructed below.

The position will be Bristol based, start in April 2018 and run for a year.

Showreels should illustrate an ability to shoot sequences, rather than just be a collection of good shots.

Experience with a variety of different camera tech ( Ronin’s, drones, timelapse etc ) is an advantage, but demonstrating visual creativity and imagination is much more important.

Broadcast credits are an advantage but not essential.

Applicants should send CV’s and showreels to Sam Davis 


Closing date for submissions is the 15th March 2018


If you do not hear back from us by 15th April 2018 please assume that, on this occasion, you have not been successful.



The official trailer for Silverback Films’ next Disneynature feature film, Dolphins, has been released and is now available on YouTube.  The film will premiere on Earth Day 2018:

24 May 2017

Huw Cordey nominated for Royal Television Society Best Director Non Scripted/Documentary for The Hunt Programme 1  Nov 2016

The Hunt nominated for BAFTA 2016

Netflix and WWF join forces with Silverback Films to make 'Our Planet' 

The Hunt Reviews

The Hunt Review

The Hunt Ratings

The Hunt is On - interview with Executive Producer Alastair Fothergill

The Hunt interview with Series Producer Huw Cordey

Disneynature Monkey Kingdom

Disneynature Monkey Kingdom Reviews

Disneynature Monkey Kindgom NHN Review

 Keith Scholey talks Disneynature and African Cats


The Hunt wins the GTC (Guild of TV Cameraman Council) Award for Cinematography 2016.


Disneynature Monkey Kingdom 

Premiered in the USA and UK 

Co- Directors:  Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill



Monkey Kingdom


The Hunt

The Silverback Team

Executive Team

Alastair Fothergill
Company Director

Read Biog

Keith Scholey
Company Director

Read Biog

Huw Cordey


Jane Hamlin
Head of Production


Silverback Team

Name Position

Adam Chapman

Alastair Fothergill

Becca Coombs

Charlie Dyer

Darren Clementson

Helen Sampson

Hugh Pearson

Huw Cordey

Ilaira Mallalieu

Jane Hamlin

Jenni Collie

Katie Mayhew

Keith Scholey

Lis Oakham

Mandi Stark

Matt Scholey

Rachel James

Sarah Pimblett

Sophie Lanfear

Tara Knowles

Vicky Singer

Samantha Davis

Mark Linfield

Jeff Wilson

Tom Stephens

Daniel Rasmussen

Ingrid Kvale

Kieran O’Donovan

Gisle Sverdrup

Libby Duplock

Amy Ferrier

Sarah Wade

Rob Sullivan

Hugh Wilson

Jo Harvey

Niraj Sharda

Laura Meacham

Ben Macdonald

Olly Scholey

Rebecca Hart

Rose Wilson

Marcus Coyle

Gina Shepperd

Lily Moffatt

Hal Hampson

Emily Lascelles

Jonnie Hughes

Dan Clamp


Company Director

Production Coordinator

Digital Imaging Technician

Digital Imaging Technician



Series Producer


Head of Production

Production Manager

Equipment Co-ordinator

Company Director



Marketing Co-ordinator

Production Accountant

Finance Co-ordinator


Production Co-ordinator

Production Co-ordinator

Management Assistant



Assistant Director

Field Producer

Field Producer

Assistant Producer

Assistant Producer

Production Coordinator

Production Coordinator

Production Manager


Assistant Producer

Assistant Producer

Production Coordinator

Production Coordinator




Equipment Technician

Equipment Coordinator

Front of House


Production Team Assistant

Production Manager


Technical Support Manager


African Cats

Chimpanzee: (US trailer)