Gripping Films is the company of Tom Mustill. We produce innovative and entertaining films specialising in the stories, discoveries, creations and conflicts that emerge where humans and the natural world meet.
Currently we’re making a film about Humpback Whales for the BBC and PBS. Tom most recently directed an episode of the follow-up to the BBC Natural History Unit’s Human Planet and Gripping Films developed and produced ‘The Hole’ a historical romp about how the Ozone hole was discovered and saved, in partnership with Windfall Films for C4 + PBS which played to the United Nations. Both should air in 2018.
Before then we made ‘Giraffes: Africa’s Gentle Giants’ about the race to save and understand Giraffe, narrated by David Attenborough. This won a bunch of awards, was nominated for an Emmy and played to the European Parliament. Other multi-award-winning work includes:
‘The Bat Man of Mexico’ narrated by Sir David Attenborough. – BBC2 / Discovery Channel
‘How To Win The Grand National’ for OSF/ Channel 4
‘Kangaroo Dundee’ for BBC2 / Discovery
Inside Nature’s Giants for Windfall Films and Channel 4. (Feature length Special episodes, and others across the series).
As well as this Tom and Gripping Films have made films specifically for online – from working with Stephen Fry for our first film, a voyage into the world of Nanoscience in the award-winning ‘Nano-You’ to the private world of the composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle in Sinfini’s film ‘Notes from the end of a garden’.
Tom was selected as a Broadcast magazine Hot Shot for his quick rise to director of high-profile, innovative and landmark television programmes and was shortlisted as a TED fellow for pushing the boundaries of documentary television. But he is most proud of getting a kiss from his hero Caitlin Moran for Kangaroo Dundee which she described as “dynamite…Attenborghphwoar!”
“One of the outstanding nature documentaries of recent years… beautifully directed” –The Independent Newspaper on ‘Inside Nature’s Giants: Sperm Whale Special’
“Everybody loves a wildlife documentary, from Attenborough illuminating Africa to Brian Cox’s Wonders of Life. Mustill’s career has seen him climb 60m-tall trees in Borneo to film an orangutan and its baby, capture a giant squid dissection in New Zealand and document joeys growing inside kangaroo pouches. ‘To jump into the sea with a sperm whale, or film orangutans while gibbons fly by is a such a privilege,’ says Mustill. Behind each project is a desire to connect people with their environment while creating ‘exciting, humorous and informative films’. David Dugan, Chair of Windfall Films, says he’s ‘an outstanding creative force’. Mustill also runs a production company Gripping Films. His ambition? ‘The deep sea — it’s much more interesting than space.'”Read BA High Life magazine’s Future Stars of Travel feature