ben lawrie / DIRECTOR
Documentaries for Brands & Broadcasters
extreme mountain challenge
2x60' BBC2 / BBC Worldwide, TX 2016
LIMITLESS with chris hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth (Thor in the Marvel movies) embarks on an epic mission to transform himself, training for six extraordinary challenges.
6x50’ for National Geographic [Nutopia] – coming soon!
WELCOME TO EARTH
Global superstar Will Smith explores Earth’s greatest wonders and its most surprising hidden secrets.
6x50’ for National Geographic / Disney+ [Nutopia] – 2021.
The inside story of Tech Fest, a major new 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] – 2017
THE DAY THE DINOSAURS DIED
“Intriguing” – Washington Post
Landmark, presenter-led project following a crack team of scientists on an expedition in Mexico.
1x60’ BBC2/NOVA [Barcroft Productions] – 2017
JAGUAR I-PACE: FULLY CHARGED
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
“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] – 2016
“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] – 2014
OUT OF CONTROL
“Incredible” – The Guardian
The mysterious world of the unconscious mind. Filmed in Canada, USA (New York, Arizona & Ohio) and UK.
1x60’ BBC2 [BBC Science] – 2012
“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] – 2011
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] – 2011
SURVIVING A CAR CRASH
“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] – 2011
HOW THE EARTH WAS MADE
Spectacular story of the volcanoes of the Pacific Ring of Fire. Filmed in Alaska, California and Washington state.
13x45’ History Channel [Pioneer Productions] – 2009
THE BIG QUESTION
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] – 2009
“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] – 2008
EARTH: THE POWER OF THE PLANET
“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] – 2007
TWENTIETH CENTURY BATTLEFIELDS
“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] – 2007
FIRECRACKER FILM & TELEVISION
Music / adventure series with high-profile DJ. Pilot commissioned by Red Bull TV.
Development of history projects for UK broadcast and international co-production.
Creator of landmark series Jungle Atlantis (2x60’ BBC2, 2014).
Development of history projects and management of development team.
Creator of BBC2 history series The Birth of Empire: The East India Company (3x60’ BBC2, 2014).
BBC SPECIALIST FEATURES
Jerusalem: An Anthem for England. Personal project commissioned through BBC. Nominee, Best Arts Documentary, Banff World Television Festival. (1x60' BBC4, 2007).
Egypt. Landmark docudrama (6x60’ BBC1, 2005).
D-Day to Berlin. Drama documentary (3x60’ BBC1, 2004).
Black Flash: A Century of Black Footballers (1x60' BBC4, 2004).
The Brief Histories. High impact history show, pilot (1x30’ BBC3, 2003).