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Tom Mustill | Gripping Films

Gripping Films is the company of Tom Mustill; a producer and director of gripping, innovative and highly entertaining documentaries – telling great stories about a complex world.

His most recent film is ‘Natural World:The Bat Man of Mexico’ narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Before that he directed the RTS nominated ‘How To Win The Grand National’ for OSF/ Channel 4, the multi-award winning and Grierson nominated ‘Natural World Special: Kangaroo Dundee’ for BBC2 / Discovery and the special episodes of the multi-award-winning (BAFTA, RTS, Broadcast) series Inside Nature’s Giants for Windfall Films and Channel 4.

As well as this Tom and Gripping Films have made films specifically for online – from working with Stephen Fry to explain 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’

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“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