David Sington

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Sington in 2015

David Sington is a British-born director, producer, screenwriter and author. He read Natural Sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating in 1981.[1]


He started his career in 1982 at the BBC World Service as a studio manager and subsequently a talk producer.[2] In 1987 he moved to television and thereafter produced eight documentary films and two major documentary film series for the BBC. In 1999, he left the BBC to form his own production company DOX Productions, Ltd. Since then, he has made multiple television films. ,[3][4] as well as seven feature documentary films.

Personal life[edit]

In 1987 he married the American literary scholar and writer Pamela Neville with whom he collaborated on a book on the influence of utopian thought. Pamela died in March 2017. The couple had no children.[5]


In 1999, he was awarded the Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism.[6] In 2000, he was made an Honorary member of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society[7] His film Project Poltergeist won a prestigious Grierson Award in 2004.



He has co-written the following books:

  • Lamb, Simon; Sington, David (September 1998). Earth Story: The Shaping of Our World. Princeton Univ Press. pp. 256pp. ISBN 978-0-691-00229-3.


  1. ^ "David Sington wins Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism". American Geophysical Union. 15 April 1999.
  2. ^ "David Sington: "At the end of 90 minutes the audience does feel it really knows these remarkable men."". indieWIRE. 16 January 2007. Archived from the original on 1 March 2007.
  3. ^ "Sington Receives the 1999 Walter Sullivan Award". American Geophysical Union.
  4. ^ "Finnmark 2007 The Expedition".
  5. ^ Pamela Neville-Sington. The Times, 15 March 2017. Retrieved 3 August 2017. (subscription required)
  6. ^ "IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON UK 2006 Director: David Sington". Archived from the original on 18 December 2007.
  7. ^ "David Sington, 2000 Honorary Member". Sigma xi: The Scientific Research Society.
  8. ^ "TV & Film: The Secret History of Writing". The Past. The Past, Ltd. Retrieved 3 July 2022.
  9. ^ "About". David Sington: documentrary filmmaker. Retrieved 3 July 2022.
  10. ^ "The Fear of 13". Dogwoof Ltd. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  11. ^ "The Fear of 13". WatchDocumentaries. WatchDocumentaries.com. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  12. ^ "Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "The Flaw" Director David Sington". IndieWire. 3 January 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  13. ^ Robert Koehler (23 January 2011). "Review: 'The Flaw'". Variety. Retrieved 21 July 2016.

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