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Film Review: David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet

Director:    Alastair Fothergill, Jonathan Hughes and Keith Scholey

Cast:    David Attenborough

Rating:     PG

Running Time:     83

Australian Distributor:     Netflix


David Attenborough is a household name across the globe. His soothing voice over bright and beautiful images of animals and creatures has beamed through our living rooms and kept us connected to the natural world. Attenborough speaks about his career as a broadcaster and natural historian. He documents his interactions with wildlife and what keeps him invested in this wonderful world.

But his latest documentary A Life on Our Planet shows that we aren’t connected as we may think. It is therefore a very important film. It shows how we can do more to bring our planet back from the brink of complete extinction. 

Footage of striking creatures, landscapes and ocean scenes, and humans in their man-made jungles, populate this movie that is led by Attenborough’s talking head, staring straight down the camera. However, there are also grim and bloodied pictures of our effect on the globe. At times, Attenborough’s eyes tell a bigger story than his words and the shocking statistics on screen that show how much mankind has decimated.

Attenborough is letting you admire the beauty of nature before addressing some of the biggest challenges facing life on our planet, and damning humanity’s arrogance in deforestation, burning fossil fuels, and fishing in the ocean.  A Life On Our Planet is 83 minutes long but its content is crucial. 93-year-old Attenborough reflects back on his extraordinary life as an naturalist exploring the remote and wild corners of the globe and documenting his experiences.

His message of hope is clear: We have to keep life on our planet. Not just for nature, but for the human race too.

Key Points to Note

  • David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet premieres in selected Australian cinemas (except Victoria) from September 28
  • The film will have a limited season, from 1-2 sessions in some cinemas, to daily screenings for a full week at most participating cinemas
  • Cinema release includes exclusive content – a 30-min filmed conversation with Sir David Attenborough & Sir Michael Palin following the film (which is NOT available to Netflix) 
  • Cinemagoers should check sessions at or cinema websites
  • The film screens on Netflix in Australia later this spring

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