SORREL DOWNER

Journalist, film producer, and media consultant, mixing it up for TV, online, newspapers and magazines. I cover travel & tourism, lifestyle, and design. Mainly. This is the HQ for previous work, and an introduction to current projects. I work all over the world and live on a farm in Cadiz which I write about at www.somewheresville.org.

About

cropped-img_0073.jpgI’m a journalist and filmmaker with many years experience in newspapers, TV, publishing and, perhaps oddly,  sustainable tourism marketing. In true freelance spirit, I should add – stress – that I’m always available for interesting work. Starting off in national newspapers as a commissioning editor, then as columnist and feature writer (Evening Standard, The Times, Financial Times), I continue to work mainly in the mainstream, but also in the wild west of the multimedia world.

Way back in January 1995, while living in Costa Rica (and looking for ways of making a living that didn’t involve repeated trips to cover nasty stuff in Colombia)  I set up one of the world’s first online magazines, the Green Arrow Guide to Central America, and then the first online agency providing an English-language, content-rich promotional platform for ministries of tourism, NGOs and grassroots tourism businesses across Central America. Back in the UK, as editorial director, digital, for a contract publishing agency, I worked with big clients like British Airways, and on the creation of property site primelocation.com, before moving to Opodo for the build and launch of the travel portal.

In film, I started as a fixer and location scout (working with Ray Mears on the BBC’s Extreme Survival series) and went on to work in documentary development, and then production, writing and producing  the multi-award-winning Panda Makers for BBC Natural World, narrated by David Attenborough.

This site is a repository for commissioned features and occasional thoughts; essentially a Blog CV. I also write somewheresville which focuses on life, roots, and other places – specifically, the US, Costa Rica, and, most recently, Cadiz, Spain.

For more work experience details, look me up on LinkedIn.

CONTACT: sorrel.downer@googlemail.com.

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