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Filmmaker - Adventurer

"He's a nice bloke... however he is mad."
The Times     

James Levelle is an award-winning filmmaker and adventurer who lives life on the wild side: from frozen Arctic wilderness to the Amazon rainforest, he knows both the beauty and power of Nature.  

James's stories not only celebrate the majesty of the natural world...

they champion the best of humanity too. 

James Levelle extreme adventure filmmaker Free Ride Discovery Channel

He hitchhiked his way 6000 miles across South America with no mobile phone, no credit card, and no cash for Discovery Channel’s 6-part series, ‘Free Ride’. He trekked through the frozen wilds of Alaska for Discovery’s hit series ‘Gold Rush Trail’ and risked life and limb chasing hurricanes for UKTV & BBC's ‘Hurricane Man’.




Filming hurricanes nearly killed him and forced James to recognise how deadly climate chaos can be.  Realising that doom and gloom news gets us nowhere, and that jetting around the world for a climate film only adds to the problem... 

James had a crazy idea.

‘Race for the Future’ saw James speed 9000 miles from the UK to Chile… fossil fuel free… on a mission to document youth climate voices and deliver their messages of hope in a film to the United Nations Climate conference. 


James has recently returned from a 3-month Amazonian expedition with National Geographic.


He remains dedicated to telling stories that inspire us all to explore, experience and better understand the vital relationship between people and the Natural World.

Times journalist, Hilary Rose, concluded, "He's a nice bloke... however he is mad."


Whilst the Guardian credits his indomitable spirit, "With his refusal to be beaten down...

If he had to take a cat to be put down, he would still sound like Lord Flashheart geeing up the troops for battle."


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The Royal Geographical Society 

Regional theatre tour racing to inspire climate action

This month, award-winning filmmaker James Levelle will be touring the UK as part of the Society’s Regional Theatres Programme, sharing stories from his 9,000-mile emission-free odyssey from the UK to Chile to champion young voices in the climate crisis.


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James's greatest adventure yet...?


A 9000 mile odyssey across Europe, the Atlantic Ocean and South America. 


The challenge?

Travel across two continents and one ocean... fossil fuel free.

The purpose?

Discover from the next generation how they feel about the climate crisis, what we can do about it, and present what he finds in a film to the UN Climate Conference in Chile.

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The first ever documentary series to take us inside the worlds biggest storms as they are happening.


Josh Morgerman aka Hurricane Man is the worlds leading Hurricane Chaser on a mission to collect scientific data from inside the eye of the storm.


As Josh risks it all to get into the eye, James joins the local people stuck in the storm's path and tells first hand the human stories of survival inside these epic natural disasters.

Be prepared to experience these real life disasters across the Americas, Caribbean, East Asia and the South Pacific like never before…

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