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Tom Mustill

Gripping Films is the company of Tom Mustill; a Producer, Director and Writer specialising in stories of where people and nature meet.


Making anything from 90 minute specials to 3 minute virals. His short, #NatureNow has been seen over 60 million times.


His work with David Attenborough, Greta Thunberg, Stephen Fry and conservation and science heroes across the globe have won over 30 international awards, including two Webbys, a Wildscreen Panda, two Jackson Wild Awards and been nominated for a Primetime Emmy. He directed on the blockbuster Inside Nature’s Giants series which won a BAFTA, Royal Television Society and Broadcast award, as well as the ZSL Award for Communicating Zoology.

His debut book, 'How To Speak Whale', was published in 2022.


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Low-Carbon, High-Impact pioneer

Tom has used Gripping Films to pioneer Low-Carbon High-Impact filmmaking: making films with maximum impact, while working to limit their environmental footprint to help get the industry to meet its 2030 carbon goals. He was recognised for this work by being made an Ambassador for the BAFTA ALBERT Film and Television Sustainability scheme.

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Tom co-hosts the podcast: SO HOT RIGHT NOW, with his friend the environmental journalist Lucy Siegle. It is produced by Picture Zero and Sony Music, in association with The Frontline Club.

Oh...and there was that thing with the whale...

Tom was also once leapt on by a breaching humpback whale and as a result became the unwitting subject of a viral video.

He wrote about it in The Guardian newspaper and went on to make an award-winning documentary about Humpback Whales, and a book - How To Speak Whale.

BBC Humpback Whales - A Detective Story

BBC Humpback Whales - A Detective Story

How To Speak Whale

Tom's debut book, How to Speak Whale, is now available to buy.

Enormously original and hugely entertaining, How to Speak Whale is an unforgettable look at how close we truly are to communicating with another species – and how doing so might change our world beyond recognition

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