A new portrait of Sir David Attenborough has been revealed as the artwork for his upcoming feature film, David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet. The film will launch with a world premiere on Thursday 16 April 2020, broadcast live from The Royal Albert Hall in London to cinemas across the UK and internationally. It has also been announced that Sir David will be joined live on stage at the one-night-only event for a special Q&A with fellow legendary broadcaster, Sir Michael Palin.
Renowned for his role as a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe, Palin’s career as an actor, writer, comedian and television presenter spans over 50 years and countless recognitions, including his BAFTA-winning performance in A Fish Called Wanda. A pioneer in global travel and exploration, his successful travel series and accompanying books include Around The World in 80 Days, Pole to Pole, Full Circle, and Hemingway Adventure.
Commenting on his involvement at the upcoming film premiere, Palin said: “David and I have spent much of our careers exploring life on our planet. During this time, we’ve not only seen the drastic transformation of the natural world as we once knew it but have also witnessed the evolution of modern broadcasting and its ability to connect people with the one home we all share.”
Attenborough and Palin have worked together in the past on projects such as the 2002 BBC documentary Life on Air, which profiled Attenborough’s 50 years in television.
Palin added, “I share David’s passion and desire to protect our planet for future generations and look forward to joining him on stage to discuss this powerful and personal film.”
David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet has been produced by award-winning wildlife film-makers Silverback Films and global environmental organisation WWF. The remarkable new feature documentary is Attenborough’s witness statement for the natural world, in which he reflects on the defining moments of his lifetime as a naturalist and reveals the solutions to help save our planet from disaster.