'Our Planet' Director/Producer Sophie Lanfear On Emmy-Nominated Netflix Docuseries: 'Conservation at Its Heart'
Lanfear takes part in Nonfictionfilm.com Emmy Documentary Roundtable: 'It was a dream come true actually when Alastair [Fothergill] asked me to produce'
When the Creative Arts Emmys are presented in Los Angeles next month, one documentary series will be up for more awards than any other nonfiction program: Our Planet.
The Netflix nature series, produced by Silverback Films and the World Wildlife Fund, earned a remarkable 10 Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series, as well as recognition for cinematography, sound editing and mixing, writing and Outstanding Narrator for the voice of the series, naturalist Sir David Attenborough.
David is just a gem, he really is.
Lanfear directed and produced episode 2 of the series, called "Frozen Worlds." It was the episode Netflix chose to submit for Emmy consideration - an impressive achievement for Lanfear given that she was the youngest producer on the Our Planet team.
"I was pretty shocked that it got 10," Lanfear tells Nonfictionfilm.com. "I was super chuffed because it's my first film. So yeah, just very happy."
Lanfear took part in the Emmy Documentary Roundtable presented by Nonfictionfilm.com, held this week at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Theatre in Los Angeles. She spoke about the series' environmental themes. Watch:
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on Deadline.com, CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and in Documentary magazine.