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  • Film makers
  • Story tellers
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  • Scientists
  • Nature lovers
  • Freeborne Media

Freeborne Media is a UK based production company specialising in natural history storytelling.

Freeborne Films

Freeborne Films

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.

"Freeborne is excited to be working with Netflix and for the new creative opportunities that will arise from our partnership. Today, wildlife and wild places are facing unprecedented challenges. There is a pressing need to tell important, surprising and inspiring stories about our world. Working with Netflix means we can create game-changing documentaries that can reach and engage a huge global audience."

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.

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Our latest feature

We’re thrilled to see our first feature film with Netflix and Wild Space Productions released. 


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.

Play the trailer

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Surviving Paradise:
a family tale

Our Slate

Click right to learn more and keep an eye on our social feeds for new announcements.

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Surviving Paradise:
a Family Story

Run Time: 78 minutes
Launch Date: March 3, 2022

Read the announcement on Digital Spy

Our Great
National Parks

“Stories have the power to move people at the deepest levels — they can propel ideas into this world, they can catalyse the conversations we all need to have, they can get things started.”
— James Honeyborne

Freeborne Impact

Freeborne Impact

Our Recent Impact Work

Watch this Space!

We’re excited for the publication of our upcoming projects. 

In the meantime our Creative Director James talks to Finisterre about the power of storytelling and why he’s excited about our upcoming project #SeaOurFuture.

Freeborne Impact


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 hello@freebornemedia.com. 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.