Best Documentary Director Award



Director: Michael Gunton (Executive Producer)/
Producer:BBC Studios Natural History Unit / BBC America / Tencent Penguin Pictures / France Télévisions / CCTV-9, China Media Group
Country / Region:UK
Film Introduction
Enter a world of dynastic power struggles and family treachery that’s more dramatic than any work of fiction. Filmed over four years in glorious locations around the globe, this intimate landmark series pulls viewers into the lives of some of the world’s most iconic animals. As their stories unfold, you witness their incredible determination to protect their family line in the face of challenges to their leadership or from the often harsh environment around them. This stunningly shot series explores the complex relationships of these characters and shows the teamwork it takes to hold onto their territories. It immerses the audience in every poignant moment and heart-wrenching betrayal as they strive to create dynasties to rule for generations.
Film Creator
Michael Gunton, the Creative Director of Factual and the Natural History Unit in BBC Studios. After he graduated with a first class degree in Zoology and a Doctorate at Bristol and Cambridge Universities, Mike began his career and achieved great success, establishing the (People and Animals) output, running the Natural World strand and overseeing over 200 wildlife films, which all have his own stamp of innovative storytelling with unique perspectives and pioneering technology, to evoke wonder for the natural world, including critically acclaimed series from (Yellowstone) to (Life Story) and the BAFTA and Emmy winning (Planet Earth II).
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