Farage: The Man Who Made Brexit, Channel 4, January 31st 2020

 

This feature length documentary captures the inside story of Farage’s doomed attempt to persuade Johnson to join a Leavers’ Alliance with him, a flirtation that quickly turns sour. There are threats and claims of bribery and bullying as “The Establishment” slams the door in his face with only his friend Donald Trump dramatically dialling in to fight his corner. This close-up portrait of the UK’s leading populist charts his influence in changing our politics, many would say for the worse, and is with him as the wheels come off his campaign in spectacular fashion. Dir Christian Trumble, Rogan Productions.

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War Requiem: Staging A Masterpiece BBC 4, Sun 10 Feb 2019

 

Filmed over 12 months, with unprecedented access, this landmark film follows the English National Opera as they pursue the challenge of staging Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. One of the greatest British choral works of the 20th Century, War Requiem is seen by many as a true masterpiece. Dir Tanya Stephan. Speakit Films.

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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, each one examining a high profile 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

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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, 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 - 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 - 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 inventive hybrid documentary.