About

Since 1991 Sophie has worked happily as a filmmaker and cinematographer specialising in natural history in remote locations throughout the world from Africa and The Americas to Nepal and Mongolia.

Clients have included The BBC Natural History Unit, Silverback Films, Canal +, CBS, Discovery Channel, Disney Nature, National Geographic, Natural History New Zealand, Tigress Productions and Wild Horizons.

2015-16; Sophie is working as part of the core team on Netflix’s ‘Our Planet‘ and BBC’s ‘Dynasty‘ as well as having spent the last two years contributing to ‘The Hunt, a seven part landmark series for The BBC (Silverback Films airing UK 1st November 2015).

Sophie grew up in England, Ireland and Iran being dragged on walks by brothers and devouring books about animals.

In 1986, curiosity aroused by Peter Matthiessen’s ‘The Tree Where Man Was Born’, Sophie arrived at ‘Gibb’s Farm Safari Lodge‘ on the edge of Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Highlands. Whilst there she ran into Hugh Miles and Keith Scholey, two of the BBC Natural History Unit’s finest who inspired her to become a wildlife film maker.

In 1990 Sophie was introduced to Legendary wildlife film maker Baron Hugo van Lawick by Aadje Geertsema of Ndutu Safari Lodge, who was, as luck would have it, in need of a camp manager/sound recordist.  It turned out he required a new camera operator too and Sophie studied cinematography for several years under his watchful eye in the Serengeti National Park.

See Filmography for credits.

If you’d like to see some footage (through the joy of YouTube and the like), please go to Clips.

AutumnWatch 2014

Mheilish, Arri Amira and I