Sophie Darlington
Sophie Darlington
Sophie Darlington
Sophie Darlington

Sophie Darlington

Sophie Darlington is a BAFTA winning natural history filmmaker and Director of Photography who has been making wildlife feature films and television for more than 30 years.

She has an outstanding reputation as a highly experienced self-shooting cinematographer specialising in long lens camerawork, beautiful composition, high speed and animal behaviour. Sophie has worked on many feature films for Disney Nature, BBC Earth and The Discovery Channel including Penguins, African Cats, Bears and Enchanted Kingdom 3D as well as landmark television series for The BBC, Netflix, National Geographic, CBS, PBS & The Discovery Channel including Dynasties, Our Planet, The Hunt, Planet Earth II and Life Story, narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Sophie is proudly an Ambassador for Canada Goose and has modelled for Annie Liebovitz for their Live in the Open campaign, on billboards around the world.

In addition to filming,Sophie is actively and passionately involved in mentoring, public speaking & increasing diversity in wildlife filmmaking.

  • Queens. Six part series for Wildstar Films & National Geographic/D+ looking at female power in nature. Release 2023

  • Mentoring in East & Central Africa and Alaska 2020-2022

  • Wildstar Academy. 2021 onwards

  • London Screen Academy; Mentoring & Masterclasses 2020 & 2021

  • Speakers for Schools since 2018, mentoring students alongside.

  • University of the West of England; Masterclasses 2019 & 2021

  • Leading Authorities Speaker since 2018

  • BAFTA member since 2016, Jury duty, publicity and Masterclass

  • WFTV

  • GTC

  • BSC

  • ARRI - part of ARRI 100 & Alexa 10 year celebrations

  • Canon - featured by Canon 2020

  • RED - ongoing with Queens 2020 - 2022

  • RTS masterclass 2017

  • Nature through her eyes - contributor & speaker

  • EG10 - speaker

  • Natural History Network - speaker

  • Springpod learn lounge - online learning resource, speaker.

  • Wanderlust Behind the camera with Perfect Planet camerawoman Sophie Darlington 2021 & 2020

  • Huffington Post Our Planet: 600 Crew, 50 Countries And Failed Shoots – This Is What It Took To Make David Attenborough's New Series 2019

  • Variety Netflix’s ‘Our Planet’ Roars to Life With Work by Top Wildlife Cinematographers 2019

  • The Guardian 2021

  • The Telegraph Meet the woman behind Attenborough’s The Hunt lens 2015

  • WorldNomads - The Essential Masterclass to Filming Wildlife 2018

  • Stable of Ireland 2021 In Conversation With Sophie Darlington, Filmmaker and

    Cinematographer

  • Master Wildlife Filming Podcast Sophie Darlington Wildlife Cinematographer & BAFTA

    winner 2020

  • Canon’s - Shutter Stories. In conversation with wildlife cinematographer Sophie

    Darlington 2020 & 2021

  • Plodcast Sophie Darlington. I think we have an emotional connection to beauty. 2020

  • Earth Live Lesson with Lizzie Daly 2020

  • The Adventure Podcast - Terra Incognita, Sophie Darlington - An unconventional Life.

    2019

  • Towpath recipes and stories On the canal with Wildlife Cinematographer Sophie

    Darlington 2019

Filmography Feature Films include:

  • Penguin, Disneynature & Silverback (2019) Directors: Jeff Wilson & Alastair Fothergill

  • Incredible Predators, BBC Earth Giant Screen 3D film (2017) Director: Alastair Fothergill

  • Bears, Disneynature & Silverback (2014) Winner Environmental Media Association (EMA)

    Award for Best Feature Film. Alaska & Canada. Directors: Directors: Keith Scholey &

    Alastair Fothergill. Co-Director: Adam Chapman

  • Enchanted Kingdom, BBC Earth (2014) Winner Best 3D Wildscreen. Directors: Patrick

    Morris, Neil Nightingale

  • African Cats, Disneynature & Silverback Films (2011) Winner: RTS West ‘Photography’,

    Best Theatrical Award. Winner Special Jury Prize. Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival

    2011. Directors: Keith Scholey & Alastair Fothergill

  • Serengeti Symphony, The Discovery Channel/C.B.S. Special, Disney & NCF (1997)

    Television credits include:

    • Queens, 6 x 60′episodes for National Geographic/Disney+ & Wildstar (2023) Wildstar • Our Planet on the Move for Netflix (2023) Silverback
    • Planet Earth III for BBC (2023) BBC Studios
    • Great Migrations for Disney+ (2023) Plimsoll

    • The Mating Game, BBC & Silverback Films (2021)
    • Welcome to Earth (sequence not shown) National Geographic & Nutopia (2021)

  • Dynasties II, BBC (2022)

  • Our Planet, Netflix & Silverback Films (2019) Winner Emmy Outstanding Documentary or

    Nonfiction series - 2019, Dolby Cinematography Award Wildscreen 2020.

  • Seven Worlds, BBC Studios (2019)

  • Perfect Planet, BBC Studios & Silverback Films (2020)

  • Winterwatch, BBC Studios (2017)

  • Dynasties, Lion BBC (2018)

  • Wild lives, Disneynature/ABC Special & Silverback Films (2017)

  • Growing Up, Disneynature & Silverback Films (2016) Directors: Keith Scholey & Mark Linfield

  • WinterWatch, BBC NHU (2016)

  • The Hunt, BBC & Silverback Films (2015) Winner: Photography Factual, BAFTA Craft 2016.

    Best Cinematography, Wildscreen 2016 & GTC Award for Excellence 2016

  • AutumnWatch, BBC (2014)

  • Planet Earth II, BBC (2016)

  • SpringWatch, BBC (2014)

  • WinterWatch, BBC(2013)

  • Life Stories, BBC (2013) Winner, Best Series, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival 2015.

    Winner 2015 Televisual Award for Cinematography.

  • A Lion’s Tale, BBC (2012)

  • Planet Earth Live, BBC (2012)

  • The Dark; Nature’s Nighttime World, BBC (2012)

  • North America. 7 x 60′episodes for Discovery Channel (2013) Nominated Best Series

    Wildscreen 2014

  • Africa. BBC (2010)

  • Cheetah, Against All Odds. Animal Planet (2008)

  • Serengeti shall not die, Gest Productions Tanzania Ltd. 2004-2006.

  • Intimate Enemies Lion & Buffalo. P.B.S & Tigress Productions Ltd (2000) Winner US

    international film & video ‘gold camera’ award. 2001.

  • Africa, Savannah Homecoming, Tigress Productions (2000)

  • Africa, Voices of the Forest. Tigress Productions (2000)

  • The Arid Heart. The Discovery Channel, N.H.N.Z & N.H.K (1999) Winner: Asia/Oceana

    Award, Japan Wildlife Festival Wildlife Prize. 2001.

  • Cheetah in a hot spot, BBC/PBS & Tigress Productions (1998)

  • The Cheetah Family. National Geographic & NCF (1997)

  • The Lion’s Pride. The Discovery Channel/C.B.S Special (1996)

  • The Lion’s Share. The Discovery Channel & NCF (1995)

  • Born to run. Partridge Films, W.N.E.T/Canal + (1994)

  • Lions, Pride of Africa. ABC Kane & Partridge Films (1993)

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Noteable Work

  • Queens, National Geographic/Disney+
  • Dynasties 2, BBC One
  • Our Planet, Huffington Post
  • Incredible Predators, BBC Earth
  • Planet Earth, BBC One
  • SpringWatch, BBC One
  • Canada Goose

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