Natural Films is the creative home of Mateo Willis, a British/Australian director who is based in the UK but works anywhere he can find a good story.
He began his film career as a cameraman, filming documentaries and commercials in the UK for high-end clients such as Burberry and Universal Studios.
With skills refined on set he moved across to wildlife filming and worked for the BBC’s Natural History Unit on a number of landmark series; Frozen Planet, Human Planet, Dynasties, Planet Earth 2 and Blue Planet 2. Along with numerous nominations for cinematography these have earned him two BAFTAs and two Emmy Awards.
Several years ago he shifted his focus to directing, working on a major series for National Geographic where he made the lead episode of Hostile Planet. As part of that creative output he retains an interest in commercials, recently directing branded content for Sony Xperia. At present he’s Series Director on a Netflix production and has several scripted projects in the pipeline.