Tom first met Dr Julian Fennessey when he was beginning his giraffe research, when Julian reported back that giraffe numbers were crashing across the continent we decided to see if we could make a film. The BBC and PBS supported us and we shot across Uganda, Namibia, South Africa and Ethiopia to paint a picture of the astonishing discoveries about giraffe biology and behaviour, and to show the brave efforts being made to save these gentle giants. The film raised awareness of this silent extinction and was even screened to the European Parliament.
This short film about how the Ozone Layer was saved was funded by CIFF grew out of a story we developed with Windfall Films. The full length documentary will be released in 2018. This short was released online and screened to the United Nations, ahead of a one of the most important ever sessions of the Montreal Protocol.
For this ultra-low budget music video for our pals LANDSHAPES my friend Freya and I wanted an excuse to play with puppets. In the story a lonely man finds a mysterious lunar egg, he hatches the space duck inside and cares for it. But the duck is receiving commands from its kind, and it must return to the moon.
Here’s the first music video of a series I’m currently working on, I shot and directed it with David Gardener from DEMS and Waldo Etherington, my intrepid tree-climbing buddy, in an afternoon in Dorset in a lovely old tree that’s one of Waldo’s favourites, called The Walditch Beech.
We spent four months in Mexico filming the migration of a tiny endangered bat, vital for the existence of Tequila, and the man devoted to saving it from extinction. The film transmitted in June 2014 in the UK and in 2015 will be shown worldwide, and is currently a finalist in competition at both Wildscreen and INFF!
Commissioned by Sinifini (a website of Universal Music), this short film was shot over a few days at his house in Wiltshire with the composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle. Harry was in the process of composing a piano concerto and allowed me to film his work and life to create an intimate portrait of his creative process.
WINNER: 2013 MONTANA INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE FILM FESTIVAL BEST SERIES & BEST MUSIC
WINNER: 2013 JACKSON HOLE FILM FESTIVAL BEST PEOPLE AND NATURE
FINALIST: 2014 GRIERSON AWARDS BEST SCIENCE AND NATURE FILM
Director – Tom Mustill (co-directed with Andrew Graham-Brown), Produced for AGB Films for BBC Natural World & Animal Planet.
FINALIST: 2014 ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY AWARDS: BEST SCIENCE AND NATURE FILM
Producer / Director – Tom Mustill, for Oxford Scientific Films.
Channel 4 commissioned this flagship film as the centrepiece of their Grand National coverage. The brief was simple – make a visually stunning and emotionally moving film about horses and the people who ride them, while following Mark Evans as he unravels the science of horse racing.
WINNER: 2012 NEW YORK INTL FILM FESTIVAL: BEST NATURAL HISTORY & SCIENCE
NOMINEE: 2013 GRIERSON: BEST SCIENCE & NATURE
The BAFTA-winning team battle through the night against a rising tide to explore the mysteries of the largest predator on Earth: the sperm whale.