BBC Motion Gallery clips in DiCaprio film


MUMBAI: BBC Motion Gallery, the stock footage licensing arm of BBC Worldwide and the exclusive global representative for the CBS News Archive, announced the use of 35 minutes of BBC Motion Gallery archival clips in the upcoming feature-length documentary, The 11th Hour, produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio.


Co-directed and written by co-founders of Tree Media, Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners, The 11th Hour examines the state of the global environment, and includes visionary and practical solutions for restoring the planet’s beleaguered ecosystems. The team has previously collaborated on Global Warning and Water Planet, short films that can be seen on DiCaprio’s eco-site –


“BBC Motion Gallery met with us several times over the course of the project, provided research for everything we needed and even came to screenings to offer their opinion on how we were using the shots. They also walked us through the approval process of licensing news archival clips of well-known anchors. This was our first foray into licensing pre-existing footage, and BBC Motion Gallery was incredibly accommodating. That coupled with their very practical and user-friendly ‘search widget’ for the Mac made it much easier to find the exact shots we were looking for,” said The 11th Hour co-director and writer Leila Conners Petersen.


The 11th Hour taps into BBC Motion Gallery’s vast collection of archival clips to convey the impacts of global warming and over-industrialization on recurring natural disasters over the last 20 years. The 92-minute documentary combines several interviews shot for the film, with stock clips that visually drive the film’s messages — 35 minutes of which was sourced from BBC Motion Gallery. Licensed footage includes scenic shots from the company’s natural history collection; clips of polluted water, floods, melting icebergs, nuclear explosions, refugee camps and other man-made and natural disasters; footage of a beating human heart and the inside of the human brain; and, from the CBS News Archive, footage of news anchors covering natural disasters.


“It was a pleasure working with such dedicated filmmakers on this project. We enjoyed sourcing content for a film that provides practical solutions to audiences for building a more sustainable society,” said BBC Motion Gallery director west coast sales Kristy Manning.