One Life narrated by Daniel Craig is in cinemas now.
It's a summer for Natural History on the big screen. The elephants and orangutans of Born to Be Wild are stampeding and swinging out of the big screens of IMAX 3D. The WWF have released their short film Astonish Me - a celebration of newly discovered species that is being shown ahead of summer blockbusters in Odeon Cinemas (I was at the premiere earlier in the week), and this week One Life from the BBC was unleashed nationwide.
One Life is the cherry on the cake for our TV series Life, which in the United States was watched by a bigger audience than Planet Earth. In the wake of this success it was hastily decided to follow in the footsteps of Planet Earth, to produce a glorious and celebratory feature length film for cinematic release. 18 months later you can now watch this breathtaking imagery, including previously unseen footage, on the big screen. Witness the sheer majesty of stag beetles duelling for a mate - which look otherworldly when seen at 7 metres tall, or the team of cheetahs taking down an ostrich to feed their young. Whether you're an ant or a whale these are things that unite us all - the struggle to survive, to find a meal, avoid danger, make friends not enemies, and eventually find love and have children. The story may be a cliche - 'the struggle to survive', and it does labour on the idea that animals are similar to us, but don't let this anthropomorphism put you off. The epic moments speak for themselves.
If you saw the series then you'll want to watch One Life to see the story retold - bigger, better and with more awe, in a way that only the cinema screen allows. It's also narrated by husky Daniel Craig, quite a contrast from the hushed David Attenborough. If you missed the series then this is your chance to catch up on what has become a significant chapter in the history of wildlife TV and cinema*
*I may be biased
"On the big screen such powerfully emotional stories have a much greater impact than when the experience is on a smaller scale. For me, that’s what’s so exciting about creating films." - Neil Nightingale, Creative Director, BBC Earth
Read more about this film and why BBC Earth is in the business of producing films for the cinema.
Duelling Stag Beetles Photo: BBC/Rupert Barrington