Alastair Fothergill

Alastair Fothergill (born 10 April 1960 in London the United Kingdom) is a producer of nature documentaries for television and cinema. He is the executive producer of the multi-award winning series The Blue Planet (2001) and Planet Earth (2006) and the co-director of the associated feature films Deep Blue and Earth. Fothergill attended Harrow. He studied zoology at St Cuthbert's Society in the University of Durham and made his first film, On the Okavango, while still a student. Fothergill joined the BBC Natural History Unit in 1983, working on The Really Wild Show, Wildlife on One and David Attenborough's The Trials of Life. He was appointed head of the Unit in 1992, and during his tenure he produced Attenborough's award-winning series Life in the Freezer. In June 1998, he stood down as head of the Unit to concentrate on his work on The Blue Planet. He has also presented several television programmes, including The Abyss and is the author of three books. He was awarded the "Clean Energy Award" by BMW during the Cinema for Peace award ceremony on 11 February 2008. In 2008, he signed a multi-picture deal with newly formed Disneynature, and now spends six months each year on sabbatical from the BBC developing feature documentaries as an independent producer. The first two titles under the Disneynature deal will be Big Cats and Chimpanzee, which he is co-directing with Keith Scholey and Mark Linfield respectively. He is also producing a new seven-part natural history ...

Chimpanzee (2012)

A nature documentary centered on a family of chimps living in the Ivory Coast and Ugandan rain forests.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alastair Fothergill  •  Mark Linfield
CAST:  Tim Allen

A nature documentary centered on a family of chimps living in the Ivory Coast and Ugandan rain forests.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alastair Fothergill  •  Mark Linfield
CAST:  Tim Allen

Bears (2014)

Filmmakers Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey chronicle a year in the lives of an Alaskan brown bear named Sky and her cubs, Scout and Amber. Their saga begins as the bears emerge from hibernation at the end of winter. As time passes, the bear family must work ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alastair Fothergill  •  Keith Scholey
CAST:  John C. Reilly

Filmmakers Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey chronicle a year in the lives of an Alaskan brown bear named Sky and her cubs, Scout and Amber. Their saga begins as the bears emerge from hibernation at the end of winter. As time passes, the bear family must work ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alastair Fothergill  •  Keith Scholey
CAST:  John C. Reilly

Deep Blue (2003)

Deep Blue is a major documentary feature film shot by the BBC Natural History Unit. An epic cinematic rollercoaster ride for all ages, Deep Blue uses amazing footage to tell us the story of our oceans and the life they support.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alastair Fothergill  •  Andy Byatt
CAST:  Michael Gambon

Deep Blue is a major documentary feature film shot by the BBC Natural History Unit. An epic cinematic rollercoaster ride for all ages, Deep Blue uses amazing footage to tell us the story of our oceans and the life they support.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alastair Fothergill  •  Andy Byatt
CAST:  Michael Gambon

African Cats (2011)

African Cats captures the real-life love, humor and determination of the majestic kings of the savanna. The story features Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother’s strength, spirit and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alastair Fothergill  •  Keith Scholey
CAST:  Samuel L. Jackson

African Cats captures the real-life love, humor and determination of the majestic kings of the savanna. The story features Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother’s strength, spirit and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alastair Fothergill  •  Keith Scholey
CAST:  Samuel L. Jackson

Earth (2007)

From the acclaimed team that brought you BBC's visual feast "Planet Earth," this feature length film incorporates some of the same footage from the series with all new scenes following three remarkable, yet sadly endangered, families of animal across the globe.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alastair Fothergill  •  Mark Linfield
CAST:  Patrick Stewart  •  Constantino Romero  •  James Earl Jones  •  Ken Watanabe

From the acclaimed team that brought you BBC's visual feast "Planet Earth," this feature length film incorporates some of the same footage from the series with all new scenes following three remarkable, yet sadly endangered, families of animal across the globe.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alastair Fothergill  •  Mark Linfield
CAST:  Patrick Stewart  •  Constantino Romero  •  James Earl Jones  •  Ken Watanabe

Monkey Kingdom (2015)

A newborn monkey and its mother struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who live in ancient ruins found deep in the storied jungles of South Asia.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alastair Fothergill  •  Mark Linfield
CAST:  Tina Fey

A newborn monkey and its mother struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who live in ancient ruins found deep in the storied jungles of South Asia.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alastair Fothergill  •  Mark Linfield
CAST:  Tina Fey

Planet Earth: The Filmmaker's Story (2007)

A behind the scenes look at the Planet Earth Series.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alastair Fothergill
CAST:  Doug Allan  •  Vanessa Berlowitz  •  Alastair Fothergill  •  Mark Linfield

A behind the scenes look at the Planet Earth Series.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alastair Fothergill
CAST:  Doug Allan  •  Vanessa Berlowitz  •  Alastair Fothergill  •  Mark Linfield

Penguins (2019)

The story of Steve, an Adélie penguin, on a quest to find a life partner and start a family. When Steve meets with Wuzzo the emperor penguin they become friends. But nothing comes easy in the icy Antarctic.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alastair Fothergill  •  Jeff Wilson
CAST:  Ed Helms

The story of Steve, an Adélie penguin, on a quest to find a life partner and start a family. When Steve meets with Wuzzo the emperor penguin they become friends. But nothing comes easy in the icy Antarctic.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alastair Fothergill  •  Jeff Wilson
CAST:  Ed Helms

Natural World: Desert Lions (2006)

Many years ago, lions thrived in the Namib Desert along the Skeleton Coast, while they are not destroyed people. Six years ago, an independent biologist Flip Stander found their small population, the remainder in the nearby mountains, and began to study them. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alastair Fothergill
CAST:  David Attenborough

Many years ago, lions thrived in the Namib Desert along the Skeleton Coast, while they are not destroyed people. Six years ago, an independent biologist Flip Stander found their small population, the remainder in the nearby mountains, and began to study them. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alastair Fothergill
CAST:  David Attenborough

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (2020)

The story of life on our planet by the man who has seen more of the natural world than any other. In more than 90 years, Attenborough has visited every continent on the globe, exploring the wild places of our planet and documenting the living world in all its ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alastair Fothergill  •  Keith Scholey  •  Jonathan Hughes
CAST:  David Attenborough  •  Max Hughes

The story of life on our planet by the man who has seen more of the natural world than any other. In more than 90 years, Attenborough has visited every continent on the globe, exploring the wild places of our planet and documenting the living world in all its ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alastair Fothergill  •  Keith Scholey  •  Jonathan Hughes
CAST:  David Attenborough  •  Max Hughes

Penguins: Life on the Edge (2020)

A witty and tenacious team of filmmakers brave the Antarctic to film Disneynature's "Penguins."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alastair Fothergill  •  Jeff Wilson
CAST:  Blair Underwood  •  Matthew Aeberhard  •  John Aitchison  •  Doug Anderson

A witty and tenacious team of filmmakers brave the Antarctic to film Disneynature's "Penguins."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alastair Fothergill  •  Jeff Wilson
CAST:  Blair Underwood  •  Matthew Aeberhard  •  John Aitchison  •  Doug Anderson

The Abyss (2002)

Peter Snow presents highlights from today's three deep-sea dives around the world. In 2002 BBC organized three concurrent dives , first in Monterey Bay where unmanned submersible is lowered into underwater canyon which is over mile deep. Second dive is in Grand ...  (more)

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CAST:  Peter Snow  •  Kate Humble  •  Alastair Fothergill  •  Michael deGruy

Peter Snow presents highlights from today's three deep-sea dives around the world. In 2002 BBC organized three concurrent dives , first in Monterey Bay where unmanned submersible is lowered into underwater canyon which is over mile deep. Second dive is in Grand ...  (more)

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CAST:  Peter Snow  •  Kate Humble  •  Alastair Fothergill  •  Michael deGruy