From a safari Land Rover guide in southern Africa to working in environmental investment in London, nature has always been my passion.
I aim to entertain and inspire action and debate through film.
What am I constantly asked?
"Where are you really from?!".
Answer: One side Welsh and the other South Indian, via Malawi - as many did! I grew up on tales of Malawi and India's Malabar coast and love both places (& Britain of course!)
Both are subject to intense environmental pressures that impact communities and nature alike.
Sea level rise damage on Kerala-Karnataka border
PRESENTING & FILMMAKING
It’s presenting and reporting that’s a particular passion of mine.
It is nothing short of a privilege to be able to speak to people of all walks of life that I wouldn't have otherwise had the chance to meet. Interacting with people in front of the camera, as well as behind it, gives me a real buzz. This is especially the case when people feel comfortable enough (which they often do) to share their opinions and energy on topics that matter a great deal to them. When I get the chance to present, I love it. My investigative skills have recently been sharpened by studying the Story-Based Enquiry method at the Centre for Investigative Journalism.
I make my own documentaries as well as work on larger productions. My own docs have been commended by the likes of The Guardian, The National Geographic and Huffington Post. On the larger productions: I have most recently worked on a new BBC studios documentary on biodiversity loss, presented by Sir David Attenborough, Tx late-2020. In radio, I have made content for BBC R4.
I made my first wildlife documentary back at the tender age of 13! It was a shaky attempt on an ancient camcorder. More seriously; my skills in factual film were developed via the Journalism school at City University, London. I'm currently presenting some pieces for a major UK show -more info on that when I'm allowed to say.
After many years of studying and working in nature-related disciplines, I was delighted to be made a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 2020. My initial training was in Natural Sciences covering both the environment and medical science. The former was honed further during my time at the Centre for Environmental Policy.
Further afield I have worked as a safari park driver guide in southern Africa and have worked on conservation projects.
In the UK, I worked developing renewable energy projects as well in the field of ethical/environmental investment in the City of London. It was the latter that afforded me the chance to polish my interviewing skills. I had access to meet and quiz leaders of major multi-national companies on what they are doing for nature and the planet.
I am not a 'green activist' and recognise protecting the natural world has to go hand in hand with continued progress, development, and at least the meeting of the basic human needs. I believe people will be all the better off for it if we can ensure these two forces work together.
Head over to the 'Video Documentaries and Blog' section of this site to check out some of my self-made content. Happy browsing! Lawrence