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Sophie Darlington

Director / Lighting Cameraman

London, United Kingdom

Since 1991 Sophie has worked happily as a Freelance Natural History Cinematographer on Award Winning Theatrical releases & Television series for the BBC, Netflix, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Disney Nature amongst others behind (& very occasionally in) the camera bringing her unique eye for beauty & behaviour.

Cameras; Arri Amira & Alexa XTplus, Phantom 4K & 2K FLex, Gold,V640 & V641, Red Weapon/Magnesium Dragon & Epic, Sony F65, F55, F23-HD & SRW9000, Panasonic 2700 varicam, Selex Horizon & Merlin. Ammonite Thermal, Starlight, IR, 35mm and S16 mm.

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Credits and Experience

Dynasties, Lion

Director of Photography for Lions episode of 2018 BBC series


Silverback Films Ltd & Disney Nature 2016-17

Seven Worlds

BBC Studios 2018

Perfect Planet

Silverback Films Ltd & BBC

Our Planet

Silverback Films Ltd & Netflix. Shooting over 2016-17 for release 2019


Winterwatch 2016 & 2017, BBC NHU.


Wild Lives, Disney Nature, ABC 2016.


BBC Winterwatch, Springwatch & Autumnwatch

Planet Earth II

BBC NHU series 2016

The Hunt

Core Crew. BBC natural history series for BBC1 & BBC Worldwide, Autumn 2015. Winner Best Factual Photography BAFTA 2016 Winner Best Large Crew Photography Wildscreen 2016

Life Stories, BBC NHU

Sequence work, major new behavioural series, 2015.

Enchanted Kingdom, BBC Earth

Camera Operator, sequence work. Sept/Oct 2012


Principal Camera crew, Disney Nature feature, Alaska & Canada. Various shoots 2012 & 2013. USA released 2014.

Planet Earth Live

Witness Camerawoman on Planet Earth Live, BBC1. Kenya, May 2012.

The Dark: Nature's Nighttime World

BBC series 2012 - Presenter/Camerawoman on an expedition-style series of programmes about wildlife at night in Central & South America.

North America, Discovery Channel

Wild Horizons. 2011. Sequence work Canada, Florida, Utah, Pennsylvania.

Africa, BBC NHU

Sequence work Selous Tanzania. 2010

African Cats

Disney Nature/Big Cat Productions Ltd. Released USA March 2011 and UK Oct 21st 2011. Masai Mara, Kenya 2008-9. Principal Photography. Winner best Theatrical release at Wildscreen 2012 also nominated for Best Cinematography. Winner RTS West Award for Cinematography. Nominated Cinematogrpahy Jackson Hole Film Festival 2011. See footage and trailer on

The Crimson Wing

Disney Nature/Crimson Wing Films Ltd. 2006-8. Natural History Production Supervisor, Additional Cinematography.

Serengeti - possibly always 'in production'

Gest Productions Tanzania Ltd 2004-06. Location Natural History Production Manager, Camera operator, Sound recordist.

Serengeti Symphony

The Discovery Channel/C.B.S. special, Disney & NCF 1997. Additional Cinematography.

Flying Zebra Documentary

ZDF & Frankfurt Zoological Society 2004. Production Manager, PR & Communications.

Grzimek Documentary

ZDF & Frankfurt Zoological Society 2004. Production Manager, PR & Communications.

Intimate Enemies Lion & Buffalo

P.B.S & Tigress Productions Ltd. 1999-2000. Director/ Cinematographer.

Africa, Voices of the Forest

Tigress Productions Ltd, Bristol 1999-2000. Additional Photography.

Africa, Savannah Homecoming

Tigress Productions Ltd, Bristol 1999-2000. Cinematography.

The Arid Heart

The Discovery Channel, N.H.N.Z & N.H.K Japan 1998-9. Cinematography. Winner: Footage Merit Award, USA Wildlife Film Fest, Asia/Oceana Award, Japan Wildlife Festival Wildlife Prize, French Wildlife Festival, Stelvio National Park Award, Sondrio Festival, Italy,

Cheetah in a Hot Spot

BBC, Natural World & Tigress Productions 1997-8. Cinematography.

The Cheetah Family

National Geographic & NCF 1997. Additional Cinematography.

The Lion’s Pride

The Discovery Channel/C.B.S Special 1996. Producer & Cinematographer.

The Lion’s Share

The Discovery Channel & NCF 1994-5. Cinematography. Nominated for Cinematography at Wildscreen 1996.

Born to Run

Partridge Films, W.N.E.T/Canal + 1994. Cinematography.

Lions, Pride of Africa

ABC Kane & Partridge Films 1993. Cinematography.

Race for Life

ABC Kane & Partridge Films 1991-2. Assistant Editor, Production Co-ordinator, Sound Recording.

Cheetah & Cubs, in a land of Lions

BBC & Partridge Films 1991-2. Production Co-ordinator, Sound Recording.


16mm,  35mm,  Animal Behaviour,  Arri Alexa,  Expedition,  Extreme Environments (arctic, desert, mountain),  HD,  High Speed/Slow Motion,  Infra Red,  Long Lens,  Night Filming,  Super 16,  Thermal Imaging,  Working at Height.