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Nat Geo doc film-makers praise Netflix’s influence

Dian Fossey: Secrets In The Mist makes extensive use of Nat Geo’s archive of the primatologist

Oscar-winning director James Marsh and 12 Year Old Lifer filmmaker Zara Hayes have hailed the impact of Netflix on factual storytelling and the power of archive footage, ahead of the release of National Geographic doc series Dian Fossey: Secrets In The Mist.

The US cable channel’s latest premium offering examines the life, work and death of American researcher Fossey, who was the inspiration for the 1988 film Gorillas In The Mist.

The Tigress series premieres on 6 December and features The Jinx-style recreations of Fossey’s unsolved murder in Rwanda, alongside extensive Nat Geo archive.

Marsh, who directed Man On Wire and Project Nim and executive produces Secrets In The Mist, said there are more options than ever before for factual storytellers, ranging from feature docs to 10-part series, by way of shorter series with advertising breaks, such as this project.

Awards

2016 West of England RTS Awards – Best Daytime and Early Peak

2016
Operation Meet the Street

Hippo: Nature’s Wild Feast

2012
Panda Award : Wildscreen

Birds of Paradise

2011
International Wildlife Film Festival: Honorable Mentions for Historical Perspectives and Technological Advancement

Awards List

  • Best Human-Wildlife Interaction Award : International Wildlife Film Festival
    Black Mamba White Witch
  • Wildlife & Natural History Programs Award : 30th Banff World Television Awards
    Titus: The Gorilla King
  • Best Animal Behaviour Programme Award : Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
    Titus: The Gorilla King
  • Best Direction in a Lifestyle/Practical Information Series :Canadian Gemini Awards
    Austin Stevens Adventures
  • Best Daytime/Factual Entertainment Award : RTS West of England awards
  • Special Jury Prize : RTS West of England awards
    Everest: Beyond the Limit Season 2
  • Wildlife & Natural History Programs award : 30th Banff World Television Awards
    Titus: The Gorilla King