Freeborne Media is a UK based production company specialising in natural history storytelling.
Our Back Story
Freeborne’s Creative Director James Honeyborne is a biologist by degree and a storyteller by heart. Previously Executive Producer of BBC landmark ‘Blue Planet II’, a series that broke all records in UK as the most-watched wildlife documentary series for over 20 years. With ‘The Blue Planet Effect’ becoming part of the national conversation, the series created undeniable impact in many parts of the world.
Producer and Company Director Renee Godfrey trained as an anthropologist before working on the acclaimed series Tribe and Human Planet. Her recent credits include: Hostile Planet, Enchanted Kingdom 3D, Wild Atlantic and Wild New Zealand.
James and Reneé established Freeborne to produce powerful and impactful nature and science documentaries. After Freeborne Films has developed ideas with Netflix, Wild Space Productions make them a reality.
Our latest series
Our Great National Parks
We’re excited to share OUR GREAT NATIONAL PARKS, a five part series narrated by Barack Obama. Take a journey across the globe to explore nature’s wonder, beauty and mystery.
Our latest feature
We’re thrilled to see our first feature film with Netflix and Wild Space Productions released.
RUN TIME: 78 MINS
Directed by Renee Godfrey and created in collaboration with Brad Bestelink and Natural History Film Unit Botswana.
Narrated by Regé-Jean Page, Surviving Paradise: A Family Tale explores the Okavango Delta, a vast oasis, isolated from the rest of the world by unforgiving desert.
It’s also a refuge, built and maintained daily by its inhabitants; in return, it caters for their every need. Big cats may appear to reign here, but in reality, the fate of every creature, great and small, is intertwined.
This film explores the blueprints for building the perfect world, managing it sustainably, and maintaining it – despite extremes of drought, famine, and flood.
Most crucially, it spotlights those passing the secret formula on to their descendants, who will find it harder than ever before to keep their Eden intact.
Steaming now, only on Netflix.
a family tale
In the News
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SEA OUR FUTURE
#SeaOurFuture is a collaborative storytelling project that’s aiming to bridge the disconnect between people and our ocean. Based on communications research by Nicky Hawkins at On Road Media and in partnership with On Purpose Group.
Our first collaborative campaign with Attitude Magazine features Ru Paul’s Drag Race icon Bimini, wildlife presenter Dan O’Neill, climate activist Noga Levy-Rapoport and wildlife filmmaker Dawood Qureshi.
Set on the dystopian shores of Dungeness, the film and impact campaign explore LGBTQ+ identity; sustainability; climate change; our relationship with the ocean; environmental intersectionality and the future of our planet. Sustainability was at the heart of the editorial and production process, awarded three stars by Albert.
Wild For All
#WildForAll is collaborative initiative between Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Freeborne Impact, and Higher Ground around Netflix series Our Great National Parks. Aiming to activate audiences around the series; to encourage stewardship for our wild spaces and to encourage important conversations about the role of the wilderness wherever we live.
As part of #WildForAll and in partnership with Netflix, Freeborne Impact set out to flip the script on what a Making Of can be with digital audiences in mind. Giving platform to new voices, turning a spotlight on local communities and encouraging more inclusivity in our industry. This series of short YouTube films covered environmental themes and issues including rewilding, marine protected areas, the illegal pet trade, deforestation and biodiversity loss.
The environment is at the heart of everything we do and working sustainably is important to us.
Our Film and TV work is part of the Netflix ‘Net Zero + Nature’ commitment.
We continue to review how we’re working; to learn and to adapt how we work according to best practises and guidance from Albert.
Where possible we incorporate sustainability messaging on screen.
Work with us
We’re always on the lookout for new talent.
If you’re interested working with with Freeborne Films or creating digital and impact content with Freeborne Impact, please send your CV and any showreel material to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d prefer to apply in an alternative format – for example a video or audio application – please let us know and we can look to accommodate. We welcome any suggestions to ensure applicants feel they have a fair way of applying for positions they’re interested in.
For enquiries for our production partner, Wild Space Productions, please check out their website.
We have an active diversity initiative – our ambition is to develop local talent and skill-sets, to strengthen local voices and tell new stories.