Alumni Spotlight

Anne Sommerfield - Natural History Producer/Director

5 Feb
Anne Sommerfield

Anne Sommerfield is an award-winning Producer/Director specialising in natural history films, documentaries and factual programming. Her career began on the Emmy nominated ‘Meerkat Manor’ and in 2008 she was nominated for an award at the Jackson Hole Film Festival for her direction of the conservation film, ‘There's a Rhino in my House’. Recent projects include the BAFTA nominated, 'Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough' and the BBC series ‘Animals in Love’, which she directed and produced. She has just completed ‘Animals with Cameras’ – BBC’s first major natural history series to be written and directed entirely by women, which is currently airing on BBC One. Read our interview with Anne below:

Course/subjects studied in University College Cork
Earth Science - Major in Zoology

Best memory of UCC 
It’s a toss-up; Our Earth Science field trips, playing hockey for UCC at the Varsities and the epic UCC club socials.

How has your time at UCC helped you to get to where you are now? 
It provided me with a truly top class education, a very strong field-based & practical degree and it is fuelled by passion for the environment, conservation and studying wildlife.

What is your advice to current UCC students? 
Enjoy your time there it is precious, failure is ok if you learn from it, take every opportunity you can from your degree and most importantly find what you are passionate about.

What person/people at UCC had the most positive influence on you?
Ann Cook - a fantastic Behavioural Ecology lecturer in the Zoology Department (now in Reading University I believe)

Were you involved in any Clubs or Societies?
I was very involved in the Hockey club - LOVED IT

Favourite UCC legend or superstition:
Walking on the Quad guarantees exam failure!

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