Background

Ben Lawrie is an award-winning director known for beautifully crafted one-off films and series for the major TV broadcasters and global brands.

Ben kick-started his career in unorthodox fashion with a 7,000 mile motorbike journey across South America in the tyre-tracks of 1960s revolutionary Che Guevara.  He recorded this adventure for a BBC Radio 4 documentary, broadcast in 2000 (some years before the same route was made famous in the feature film ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’).

The experience convinced him that a career spent telling interesting stories in strange places would be a career worth pursuing.

He has since filmed all over the world in locations as varied as the centre of the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea, the Queen’s private library in Windsor Castle and in the stratosphere with NASA.

Credits include one-off documentaries for the BBC’s prestigious Horizon strand and blockbuster presenter-led series like Channel 4’s ‘Catastrophe’ and the BBC’s BAFTA-nominated ‘Earth: The Power of the Planet’.

Other broadcasts include ‘The Plane Crash’, a BAFTA and RTS-nominated feature-length special for Channel 4 and Discovery (“one of the most spectacular sights you will ever see on TV”, according to The Sun); and ‘Jungle Atlantis’, a major two-part series for the BBC telling the epic story of the rise and fall of a lost medieval city in south-east Asia.

Recent releases include a major new adventure project in Venezuela – Steve Backshall’s Extreme Mountain Challenge, and ‘The Crafting of Simplicity’ the global launch film for the new Range Rover Velar, narrated by British actor Damian Lewis.

Since 2002, Ben has alternated between production and development roles and has won a number of major commissions, including projects for BBC1, BBC2, BBC3 & BBC4.

He was on the jury for the 2014 BAFTAs.

Ben has worked on projects for –

Red Bull TV

Channel 5

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