BBC Earth Films announces Idris Elba as the voice of Enchanted Kingdom

When you hear Idris’ rich voice guiding you through Enchanted Kingdom, it’s magnificent. He brings our words to life and his voice joins with Patrick’s music and immersive imagery to create an extraordinary powerful experience. It feels as though every person in the audience is being spoken to individually.Patrick Morris, director
Date: 12.05.2014     Last updated: 12.05.2014 at 13.58
Category: BBC Worldwide
Following a triumphant opening in Japan, the most ambitious 3D nature film ever made will be presented to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival

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Today BBC Earth Films and Reliance Entertainment announced Idris Elba as the narrator of their most ambitious 3D nature film to date, Enchanted Kingdom, a jaw-dropping immersive cinema experience that is set to take cinemagoers on the trip of a lifetime to truly see and feel what  life is like in the wildest place on Earth – Africa.

The film brings together cutting edge 3D technology, Hollywood production expertise and the best nature film making to create the ultimate immersive cinema experience. “You don’t sit down and tune out during Enchanted Kingdom because the movie sucks you in and makes you part of the action.” said Neil Nightingale, Co-Director, “You’ll tumble down trees, be swept along rivers and plunged over waterfalls. Enchanted Kingdom is what 3D was made for as it’s an entirely different kind of nature film, more immersive than anything audiences will have experienced before.”  

Enchanted Kingdom brings together a host of British film making talent with Emmy nominated and Golden Globe award winning actor Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, American Gangster, Thor) announced today as the narrator. Mike Newell (Great Expectations, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Donnie Brasco) is an executive producer and the music is by the celebrated Scottish composer Patrick Doyle (Brave, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Gosford Park). Enchanted Kingdom’s director’s Neil Nightingale (Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie, Great Barrier Reef) and Patrick Morris (Life, Wild Africa) wrote the narration with acclaimed screenwriter, novelist and playwright Nigel Williams (Charlie, Breaking Up, Scallagrig).

Patrick Morris commented “When you hear Idris’ rich voice guiding you through Enchanted Kingdom, it’s magnificent. He brings our words to life and his voice joins with Patrick’s music and immersive imagery to create an extraordinary powerful experience. It feels as though every person in the audience is being spoken to individually.”

Leading international sales company IM Global will present Enchanted Kingdom to buyers on the Croisette, hot off the heels of a spectacular launch in Japan. The film’s opening week achieved a box office of over $5.4 million with an opening weekend box office of $3 million. The opening weekend box office places Enchanted Kingdom alongside Captain America; Planes; The Hobbit and Thor and it outperformed titles including The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, American Hustle and The Lego Movie. 

Enchanted Kingdom is a BBC Earth Films Production fully financed by Reliance Entertainment in association withIM Global and Evergreen Studios. IM Global will be screening the film and handling worldwide sales at the Cannes Film Festival.

ENCHANTED KINGDOM was produced by Myles Connolly, Amanda Hill and Neil Nightingale, with Deepak Nayar, Stuart Ford, Marcus Arthur, Mike Newell, Mike Devlin and Miles Ketley onboard as executive producers  along with co-executive producers Martyn Freeman and Mike Gunton.

BBC Earth Films have proved they are the leading producers of groundbreaking nature films. Following the global success of the BBC’s films Deep Blue (2003) and Earth (2007), BBC Earth Films was formed in 2010 to create cinematic events that would bring the wonder of nature into movie theatres.  Their last nature feature One Life was one of the top ten independent UK films at the worldwide box office in 2011.

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Reliance Entertainment ( is the flagship motion picture arm of India's Reliance Group with a significant presence in filmed entertainment (film production, distribution, and exhibition). Reliance Group also has key interests in broadcasting and new media ventures. Reliance Entertainment has built an impressive film production slate in Hindi, English and other Indian languages, which it markets and distributes worldwide. Following its association with IM Global, the company now benefits from an international sales team with an excellent reputation and global presence dedicated to selling its Bollywood and regional language slate. In Hollywood, Reliance Entertainment has partnered with Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider on the formation of DreamWorks Studios. The Reliance Group ( is amongst India's top 3 business houses and has interests in telecommunications, energy, financial services, infrastructure and media and entertainment.




Stuart Ford founded IM GLOBAL in 2007.  The company is one of the leading film financing, sales and distribution companies in the world, championing a wide variety of cinema, including mainstream commercial, art house, foreign language and genre fare.  In May 2010, Reliance Entertainment, part of Indian conglomerate Reliance ADA Group, acquired a majority shareholding in the company. The company has offices in Los Angeles, London, Mumbai, Mexico City, and Beijing.