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Ben Lawrie  |  London  |  UK

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JAGUAR: GOING ELECTRIC

Director

 

Award-winning branded content documentary telling the remarkable story of Jaguar's first ever electric car.  Narrated by British actor Mark Strong. 

Filmed in Italy, Germany, Austria & UK.

 

1x57’ for Jaguar [Flying Mile Films] – TX 2018

JAGUAR I-PACE: FULLY CHARGED

Director


Global launch film for the new Jaguar I-PACE.  Broadcast to a live global audience on YouTube and Facebook Live.  Winner of prestigious Documentary Shorts award.  

1x17’ for Jaguar [Flying Mile Films] – TX 2018

TECH FEST

Director

The inside story of Tech Fest, a major new annual event investigating the future of urban mobility.

Filmed over two days at Central St Martins.  Presented by TV personality George Lamb.

 

1x15’ for Land Rover [Flying Mile Films] – TX 2017

THE CRAFTING OF SIMPLICITY 

Director


Global launch film for the new Range Rover Velar, narrated by British actor Damian Lewis.  International premier at the London Design Museum.  

 

1x15’ for Land Rover [Sundog Pictures] – TX 2017

THE MAKING OF AN ICON

Director


Behind the scenes in Land Rover's state-of-the art design and engineering studios, following the production of a radical new car.

 

1x48’ for Land Rover [Sundog Pictures] – TX 2017

GALAPAGOS 

Series Director / Producer


“Genuinely astonishing” – Daily Telegraph


Presenter & team of experts on an epic voyage of discovery through the Galapagos islands.

3x60’ BBC1/Worldwide [Atlantic Productions] – TX 2017

THE DAY THE DINOSAURS DIED 

Director


“Intriguing” – Washington Post


Landmark, presenter-led project following a crack team of scientists on an expedition in Mexico.

1x60’ BBC2/NOVA [Barcroft Productions] – TX 2017

JAGUAR I-PACE: FULLY CHARGED

Director


Global launch film for the new Jaguar I-PACE.  Transmitted to a live global audience on Facebook Live.  

1x17’ for Jaguar [Flying Mile Films] – TX 2018

CITY IN THE SKY

Director


“Fresh and fascinating” – The Guardian


Landmark series presented by Dallas Campbell. Director of various sequences in UK and overseas, including a dramatic aerial opening sequence filmed in Bhutan.


3x60’ BBC2/PBS [BBC Science] – TX 2016

 

EXTREME MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE

Series Director / Producer

“Must-see TV” – The Sun


Landmark presenter-led adventure series filmed in the Venezuelan jungle. Rock climbing, caving and a stunning abseil off the top of the highest waterfall in the world.

2x60’ BBC2 [BBC Science] – TX 2016

JUNGLE ATLANTIS

Producer/Director


“Fascinating” – The Sunday Times


The epic rise and fall of the civilisation that built Angkor Wat. Landmark history series filmed in Vietnam & Cambodia.


2x60’ BBC2/Smithsonian [BBC History] – TX 2014

THE PLANE CRASH

Producer/Director


“A TV spectacle” – Los Angeles Times


The biggest ever controlled plane crash – a Boeing 727 is crashed into the Sonoran Desert, Mexico. Nominated for BAFTA & RTS awards, winner of Televisual Award.

1x60’ C4 & 1x90’ Discovery [Dragonfly Productions] – TX 2012

OUT OF CONTROL

Producer/Director

“Incredible” – The Guardian


The mysterious world of the unconscious mind.  Filmed in Canada, USA (New York, Arizona & Ohio) and UK.

1x60’ BBC2 [BBC Science] – TX 2012

 

SEEING STARS

Producer/Director


“Thrilling” – The Times


The story of astronomers pushing the limits of human knowledge in some of the most extreme environments on Earth. Filmed in Chile, USA (California, Utah), France & Sweden.

1x60’ BBC2 [BBC Science] – TX 2011

JAPAN EARTHQUAKE

Producer/Director


Documentary made in just 13 days following the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

Dr Iain Stewart examines the causes and consequences of the disaster.

1x60’ BBC2 [BBC Science] – TX 2011

SURVIVING A CAR CRASH

Producer/Director


“Fascinating” – The Daily Telegraph


New advances in engineering and medicine look set to forever change the story of a car crash. Filmed in Canada, Sweden & USA (Virginia, Florida, Massachusetts & Michigan).


1x60’ BBC2/Discovery [BBC Science] – TX 2011

HOW THE EARTH WAS MADE

Producer/Director

Spectacular story of the volcanoes of the Pacific Ring of Fire. Filmed in Alaska, California and Washington state.

13x45’ History Channel [Pioneer Productions] – TX 2009

THE BIG QUESTION 

Producer/Director


Ze Frank looks at the science of speed. A record-breaking freefall, supersonic aeroplanes, and a school bus with a fighter-jet engine. Filmed in California, Indiana & Florida.

1x46’ Discovery [Pioneer Productions] – TX 2009

CATASTROPHE

Producer/Director

“Superb” – The Daily Telegraph

Award-winning series looking at how Earth history is driven by catastrophe. Ep5, Survival Earth. Filmed in USA (California, Wyoming, Arizona, Alaska & Ohio), Iceland & UK.


5x50’ C4/Discovery [Pioneer Productions] – TX 2008

EARTH: THE POWER OF THE PLANET

Producer/Director


“Breathtaking” – The Daily Mirror


Landmark series telling the story of the Earth. Ep. 5, Rare Earth. Filmed in Mexico, Australia, Madagascar & USA. Nominated for Best Series BAFTA & other awards.

5x60’ BBC2/National Geographic [BBC Science] – TX 2007

20th CENTURY BATTLEFIELDS

Producer/Director


“History television at its best” – The Observer


Landmark series presented by Peter & Dan Snow. Unique CGI brings to life major battles. Ep.2, Midway: 1942. Filmed in California, Hawaii & UK.


8x60’ BBC2/Discovery [BBC Specialist Features] – TX 2007

DEVELOPMENT WORK

 

FIRECRACKER FILM & TELEVISION

Music / adventure series with high-profile DJ presenter. Pilot commissioned by Red Bull TV.

 

BBC HISTORY

Development of history projects for UK broadcast and international co-production.

Creator of landmark series Jungle Atlantis (2x60’ BBC2, TX 2014).

 

360 PRODUCTION

Development of history projects and management of development team.
Creator of BBC2 history series The Birth of Empire: The East India Company (3x60’ BBC2, TX 2014).

 

BBC SPECIALIST FEATURES

Jerusalem: An Anthem for England. Personal project commissioned through BBC. Nominee, Best Arts Documentary, Banff World Television Festival. (1x60' BBC4, TX 2007).

 

BBC HISTORY

Egypt. Landmark docudrama (6x60’ BBC1, TX 2005).
D-Day to Berlin. Drama documentary (3x60’ BBC1, TX 2004).
Black Flash: A Century of Black Footballers (1x60' BBC4, TX 2004).
The Brief Histories. High impact history show, pilot (1x30’ BBC3, TX 2003).