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Lecture Date: April 7, 2025

CONFESSIONS OF A WILDLIFE FILM-MAKER

Speaker: PETER BASSETT - illustrated

A BBC wildlife film producer recounts the bizarre, challenging and amusing ups and downs of a career that has taken him to exotic places the world over.

In these “confessions” Peter picks his most exciting, light-hearted and ‘challenging’ moments from a career filming around the world. From the Kalahari desert lands to remote penguin islands in Antarctica, he gives his insights into how major wildlife series are made: the ‘tricks of the trade;’ the ground-breaking technologies used; and, of course revelations about when things didn’t quite go to plan!

In this quirky look behind the scenes Peter will reveal some of his most frightening, gruelling and bizarre moments while filming on location and how he achieved his lifelong ambition of working alongside Sir David Attenborough.

Peter is a multi-award-winning film-maker who worked at the BBC Natural History Unit for over 30 years, primarily on major landmark series, including (with Sir David) “Life of Birds,” “Life in the Undergrowth” and most recently “The Green Planet.” As producer of “Life in the Freezer” he first caught the ‘antarctic bug’ and had the privilege of camping alongside Chinstrap, Gentoo, Adelie, Macaroni and King Penguin rookeries.

Peter is also a champion for highly innovative programmes that have introduced new camera systems and computer graphics to our screens. An ambassador for the Wildlife History Archive at the University of Bristol, he is a sought-after lecturer who has given many talks on his varied career over the years.