Netflix has announced a new feature documentary, Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, and produced by award winning, UK based filmmakers, Silverback FIlms.
Breaking Boundaries follows the scientific journey of world-renowned scientist, Professor Johan Rockström, who discusses this film with Sir David Attenborough in a blog on the Netflix Newsroom.
Breaking Boundaries tells the story of the most important scientific discovery of our time – that humanity has pushed Earth beyond the boundaries that have kept Earth stable for 10,000 years, since the dawn of civilisation.
The 75-minute film takes the audience on a journey of discovery of planetary thresholds we must not exceed, not just for the stability of our planet, but for the future of humanity. It offers up the solutions we can and must put in place now, if we are to protect Earth’s life support systems.
The film is directed and produced by Jon Clay, executive produced by Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey, Colin Butfield, Jochen Zeitz and Kate Garwood. Original music by Hannah Cartwright and Ross Tones.
They join the creators who are bringing broader awareness of environmental issues and solutions to Netflix viewers around the world. In 2020, 160 million Netflix households tuned in to at least one film or show that shone a light on sustainability, including Emmy-award winning, Our Planet, and Academy-Award nominated, My Octopus Teacher.
This is Netflix’s third project with Sir David Attenborough, following Our Planet, and David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet.
Johan Rockström volunteers his time to advise Netflix on its sustainability strategy, including its recent climate commitment to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2022. He will continue in this capacity as a part of the company’s independent advisory group of experts.
The announcement coincided with a special preview of the film being shown to world leaders attending President Biden’s 2021 Leaders Summit on Climate.
Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet is due to launch on Netflix in the summer.
Sir David Attenborough is Britain’s best-known natural history film-maker. His career as a natural history and broadcaster has spanned nearly seven decades. His first job – after Cambridge University and two years in the Royal Navy – was at a London publishing house. Then in 1952 he joined the BBC as a trainee producer and it was while working on the Zoo Quest series (1954-64) that he had his first opportunity to undertake expeditions to remote parts of the globe, to capture intimate footage of wildlife in its natural habitat.
Professor Johan Rockström is an internationally recognised scientist on global sustainability issues. He is the founder of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Professor in Earth System Science at the University of Potsdam, and Chief Scientific Advisor for Conservation International.