Love & Hate Crime - 5 episodes, BBC 3, January 2018 - April 2019
A young man is led into a Mississippi court and sentenced to life for the savage murder of the woman he loved. In prison, his story slowly unravels as his own past is unmasked. This is the story of a crime of passion and prejudice told by a man tortured by his own actions. A morality tale of modern America.
The first episode in an ambitious, cinematic series of three, single documentaries I've just finished cutting for BBC3, each one examining a different Hate Crime case in America. The first film, 'Double Lives', premiered at Sheffield Doc Fest. Dir Ben Steele
NOMINATED FOR A GRIERSON AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY SERIES
WINNER - BEST DOCUMENTARY SERIES, BROADCAST DIGITAL AWARDS 2018
Life and Death the Pentecostal Way - BBC 2 9pm, Sunday 20th Nov 2016
With unprecedented access to the workings of a Pentecostal church in London, this one-off documentary in the Black & British season lifts the lid on a faith that is growing fast.
Featuring charismatic sermons, passionate worshipping, the full-immersion baptism of teenagers and the fabulous hats and attire of the congregation, this documentary follows the powerful personal stories of members of the congregation at defining moments in their lives. While traditional Christianity is seeing its numbers fall, how has this faith become so successful?
NYPD: Biggest Gang in New York? - BBC iPlayer, 17 July - 17 August 2016
Shot on the streets of New York, Ben Steele's searing film follows a group of ‘Cop Watchers', ordinary men and women who track the NYPD in a cat-and-mouse game to try and film arrests and possible cases of brutality.
NYPD officers also speak out, alleging systemic racism and a policy of targeting ethnic minority communities in order hit their arrest quotas.
Swim The Channel screening - BBC4 9pm, Monday 18th July 2016
More people have climbed Everest than swum the Channel between England and France - twenty one miles of perilous sea.
With a moving musical score from Damon Albarn and the Electric Wave Bureau, this heartwarming documentary profiles the modern day endurance swimming community and the unlikeliest of athletes who risk it all. A story of those who seek to push their limits…
NOMINATED FOR A BROADCAST BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD
Out Of The Rubble screening - Film4 11.15pm, Monday 8th February 2016
Penny Woolcock shows how planners grappled with the grimmest poverty imaginable in the post-war era, from Brixton to Glasgow, Islington to Birmingham, believing that tower blocks would transform the lives of those living in decaying slums. She follows the cycle of optimism, building and eventual decline.
This film was commissioned by BFI as part of their launch of Britain on Film. We had access to 1000's of films, and from them weaved together this formally interesting hybrid documentary.
Watch the whole film at the link below.