Damien Lewis's Story
Damien’s Fellowship involved taking a Land Rover and a four-person team from the UK overland to Central Africa (Cameroon), in order to film a documentary about the fight to conserve Africa’s rainforest.
This involved two crossings of the Sahara desert and several months spent filming in the Korup Rainforest National park, in Cameroon. The Churchill Fellowship helped enormously both to part-fund the expedition and to help draw in sponsors – like Land Rover, Fuji (for the film) and others.
The film the team produced, Parks or People?, won the coveted BBC Wildscreen Golden Panda Award – a real feat for a largely inexperienced film crew. This helped launch Damien’s career as an environmental conflict zone and war reporter, a role he fulfilled for fifteen odd years across the globe, for major broadcasters like the BBC, Channel 4, CNN and others. These experiences influenced his current career as a writer. Damien is now an internationally bestselling author published in some 30+ languages, and has books adapted as films and plays for the stage. His most recent book, Churchill’s Secret Warriors, about Churchill’s special forces in WWI, reflects how his Fellowship catalysed his interest in the extraordinary life and legacy of Winston Churchill.