SELECTED CREDITS - DOCUMENTARY
JERUSALEM -To celebrate the online release of the British Council's Film Collection - an archive of 120 short documentaries made throughout the 1940's to showcase Britain to the rest of the world - we invited 3 contemporary UK filmmakers to respond to the Collection. John Akomfrah, Penny Woolcock and Mark Cousins each took a different view. 'Jerusalem' is Penny's response.
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT DAD - The story of an apparently normal family who get back together to confront terrible events from their past, witnessed by teenage son Henry. Rareday for CH4 Dir. Elizabeth Stopford TX Nov 2011.
BAFTA AND GRIERSON AWARDS NOMINATED 2012
A VERY DANGEROUS DOCTOR - Filmed over two years by Leo Regan this feature length documentary follows controversial doctor David Southall as he attempts to clear his name following a long term campaign waged by mothers who claim he wrongfully accused them of having the condition Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. Rareday for CH4 Dir. Leo Regan
ON THE STREETS - While making the film, Penny Woolcock realised that the very real problems of homeless people have very little to do with the lack of a roof over their heads or a bed to sleep in. Their problems come from their past lives - and are less easy to remedy. Despite the efforts of different charities to move people into homes, the streets are often where they feel safe and what they know best. In this moving documentary, Woolcock gives the seen-but-unheard residents of London's streets a voice. Blast! for BBC4. Dir. Penny Woolcock. TX Nov 2010.
WINNER OF THE LIBERTY HUMAN RIGHTS ARTS AWARD 2011
ONE MILE AWAY - Inner cities are little war zones in which seemingly pointless postcode battles are fought. Penny Woolcock’s film focuses on two extraordinary individuals from rival gangs. They have decided it is time to stop the killing. This Feature length film gets close to the young men who are right at the heart of British gang violence and who wish to change things from the inside out. Rareday for CH4 & Screen West Midlands. dir Penny Woolcock, TX April 2013.
WINNER OF THE MICHAEL POWELL AWARD AT THE EDINBURGH FILM FESTIVAL 2012
LET US BE GOLDEN – Feature length observational documentary following three groups of talented musicians trying to break into the music business. The film was shown at the Edinburgh film festival. Dir, Colin O Toole, Rareday For Red Bull, TX June 2011
GOING TO THE DOGS - An uncomfortable look at the hidden world of dog fighting, which broadens out to examine our inconsistent attitudes to animal welfare. Dir Penny Woolcock for CH4 - Latimer Films TX - Sept 2014
FROM THE SEA TO THE LAND BEYOND - Takes decades of archival footage of the British coast from the BFI National Archive and presents it as a stunning, feature length, poetic cinematic experience, directed by Penny Woolcock, with a live musical score composed and performed by British Sea Power. Sheffield Doc/Fest, BFI London, BBC Storyville, June 2012.
NOMINATED FOR A BULLDOG AWARD FOR BEST EDITING 2013.