Sir David Attenborough has spent his life exploring the lives and behaviours of many different species, raising the bar for nature documentaries again and again. But there’s one subject the veteran broadcaster has never put under the microscope: himself.
Until now, that is. David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet is a new one-off documentary film, produced for Netflix, which uses the life of the 93-year-old as a window into the natural world. The premiere will take place in London’s Royal Albert Hall next April, and the event will be streamed simultaneously to cinemas nationwide, before the film’s Netflix release.
David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet follows a slew of recent acclaimed series fronted by the documentarian. Earlier this year, Netflix released Our Planet, a series which used the devastating effects of climate change to frame its study of wildlife, and Seven Worlds, One Planet, a groundbreaking BBC series which took Attenborough around each of the Earth’s continents.
Attenborough says in the new feature: “I’ve had the most extraordinary life. It’s only now that I appreciate how extraordinary.” He will be attending the premiere personally, and will be joined live on stage by special guests to discuss some of the environmental concerns raised in the film.
Five hundred of the seats in the Albert Hall will be reserved for young climate change and nature conservation activists chosen from across the UK.
The film will explore the whole of Attenborough’s life and broadcasting career, which began when he was just 28 years old. A Life On Our Planet is produced by award-winning wildlife filmmakers Silverback Films and the global environmental organisation WWF.
Tickets for the world premiere go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday, 6th December 2019, and can be bought via the Royal Albert Hall website. Details about the simultaneous cinema screenings can be found here.
David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet will be released on Netflix in Spring 2020