David Sington is a British-born director, producer, screenwriter and author. He read Natural Sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating in 1981. In 1982 he started his career at the BBC World Service as a studio manager and subsequently a talk producer. 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 shown on the BBC, Channel 4, PBS, Arte and other broadcasters, as well as seven feature documentary films which have been widely distributed.
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.
In 1999, he was awarded the Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism. In 2000, he was made an Honorary member of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society His film Project Poltergeist won a prestigious Grierson Award in 2004. His films on climate change have won him a Gold Hugo Award, two Wildscreen awards, 2007 Earthwatch film award, and the World Cinema Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival 2007. His film In the Shadow of the Moon has won multiple awards such as the Sundance Audience Award, the Grand Prize at the Boulder International Film Festival, the Audience Award Best International Feature at the Florida International Film Festival, the Audience Award at The Maui International Film Festival, Best Documentary at the Sedona International Film Festival, the Outstanding Achievement Award at Sedona International Film Festival, the Jules Verne Award, the Gold Hugo at Chicago International Television Festival, Best Documentary at the Milan Science Film Festival, Best Documentary at Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards, the National Board of Review Award, Best Documentary and the Audience Award at Indianapolis International Film Festival.
He has directed, produced, screen written and/or hosted the following films (incomplete)
- 2018 Mercury 13 (Netflix)
- 2015 The Fear of 13 (Netflix)
- 2015 Licence to Krill
- 2013 Thin Ice
- 2012 The Churchills (3-part series, Channel 4)
- 2011 The Flaw (animated by Peter J. Richardson)
- 2010 Inside the Milky Way (National Geographic)
- 2009 Henry VIII Mind of a Tyrant (4-part series, Channel 4)
- 2009 Moon Machines (6-part series, Discovery Science)
- 2007 In the Shadow of the Moon
- 2006 Dimming of the Sun (PBS NOVA)
- 2005 Global Dimming (BBC Horizon)
- 2005 Hitler's Sunken Secret (PBS NOVA)
- 2004 Project Poltergeist (BBC Horizon, PBS NOVA)
- 2003 The Secret of El Dorado (BBC Horizon)
- 2004 Magnetic Flip (PBS NOVA)
- 2002 Hunt for the Death Star (Channel 4 Equinox)
- 2000 The Great Dog Race (BBC)
- 2000 Einstein's Biggest Blunder (Channel 4 Equinox)
- 1998 Earth Story
- 1995 Traces of Guilt (BBC Horizon)
- 1994 The Man Who Made Up his Mind (BBC Horizon)
- 1992 The Man Who Moved the Mountains (BBC Horizon)
- 1991 The Day the Earth Melted (BBC Horizon)
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.
- Neville-Sington, Pamela, Sington, David and Songton, David (4 November 1993). Paradise Dreamed. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. pp. 256pp. ISBN 978-0-7475-1293-6.
References and sources
- "David Sington wins Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism". American Geophysical Union. 1999-04-15.
- "David Sington: "At the end of 90 minutes the audience does feel it really knows these remarkable men."". indieWIRE. 2007-01-16. Archived from the original on 2007-03-01.
- "Sington Receives the 1999 Walter Sullivan Award". American Geophysical Union.
- "Finnmark 2007 The Expedition".
- Pamela Neville-Sington. The Times, 15 March 2017. Retrieved 3 August 2017. (subscription required)
- "IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON UK 2006 Director: David Sington". Archived from the original on 2007-12-18.
- "David Sington, 2000 Honorary Member". Sigma xi: The Scientific Research Society.
- "The Fear of 13". Dogwoof Ltd. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
- "Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "The Flaw" Director David Sington". IndieWire. January 3, 2011. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
- Robert Koehler (January 23, 2011). "Review: 'The Flaw'". Variety. Retrieved July 21, 2016.