My Dead Body

Editor: Matt Lowe

Executive Producer: Hannah Brownhill

Director: Sophie Robinson.

Maverick for Channel 4
5th December, Channel 4, 10pm

From the get-go, My Dead Body stood out as being one of those projects that would be ground-breaking and unique and we were excited to be able to help with it.  It needed a gentle hand to tell the heart-breaking and inspiring story of Toni Crews, a young mother of two, who was diagnosed with a rare one-a-million cancer of the tear gland, and who decided to donate her body to science to be autopsied on television. Matt Lowe was the editor on this film- as soon as we spoke to him about the project he was excited to be on board and manage the challenge of telling this story in a respectful and soulful way. He spoke to the lovely the director Sophie Robinson to make sure they were on the same wave-length and the film would be done in a way that would do justice to Toni’s memory and sacrifice, fulfilling the film’s scientific premise whilst keeping a powerful emotional and humane style of storytelling.

We spoke to Matt after the edit who explained  “the reality of dealing with some of the visuals was tough at first, but over time I was able to approach them in a way that I was able to detach myself from them somewhat and I actually found some of the tougher dissection scenes incredibly fascinating. I think the thing that everybody involved with the project was most conscious of however,  was making a film that was respectful to Toni’s memory, and was something that her family could be proud of.  I like to think that we achieved that”.

My Dead Body is a pioneering new documentary which tells the incredible story of Toni Crews, a young mother of two, who was diagnosed with a rare one-in-a-million cancer of the tear gland. When she was informed that her cancer was terminal, she made the decision to donate her body to science so that people could learn more about the disease. This film follows Prof. Claire Smith, as she continues Toni’s story by dissecting her body in a series of educational workshops. The film features home video footage and interviews with Tonis’ family as they discuss the course of her illness and gives Toni herself a presence in the film through the use of voice-replicating technology that narrates her social media posts and letters to her children. 

My Dead Body 5th December, Channel 4, 10pm

Toni Crews. Picture: Instagram/@blingkofaneye_

Maradona: The Fall

Ronachan Films for DAZN international

Now Streaming

DAZN original sports doc

Matt Lowe spent 4 months cutting this feature doc about Maradona, directed by Emmy Award-winning director Angus Macqueen. It explores the story behind Diego Maradona and how he was thrown out of the USA FIFA World Cup in 1994, after failing a post-match drugs test.

It was a challenge to make this project original as so many films have already been made about the football legend. However, this project stands out by focusing on the build-up and aftermath of one of the most notorious moments in sport history, which tipped Maradona’s career into its catastrophic downfall.

The film uses both original footage and archive, another challenge for Matt as the majority was in Spanish! However it delivers exclusive access to the characters at the centre of this dramatic event.

Available to stream here.

Outsiders

Renegade Pictures for Dave
Executive produced by Harry Lansdown, Victoria Payne and Leon Wilde
Editors: Jamie Bull, Dan Wilkes, Ian David Smith and Dave Berezai
Wednesday 16th Nov 10pm on Dave

Satusfaction had a team of editors on the new series of Outsiders which sees David Mitchell challenge three pairs of comedians to prove they’ve got the mettle and skills to thrive in the great outdoors. The line up includes Maisie Adam, Fatiha El-Ghorri, Darren Harriott, Jessica Hynes, Phil Wang and Joe Wilkinson.

Editors Jamie Bull, Dan Wilkes, Ian David Smith and Dave Berezai worked across the series which get’s Critics Choice in The Times.

Dan Wilkes enjoyed turning his hand to comedy and said “Watching these comics struggling in the forest had me laughing every day & it was a joy to work for Renegade”.  Ian Smith and Dave Berezai are both old timers having cut series 1.  We caught up with young Dave who commented  “It’s always fun working on a comedy and it’s always a pleasure making funny content funnier.” We cant wait to watch, a bit of comedy is just what we need!

Series 2 will start on Wednesday, 16 November at 10pm on Dave.

The Grierson Awards: Best History Documentary

We had a brilliant time at The Griersons last night, lots of fun with Tom Savage, Abs, Graham Taylor and Ella- all who had worked on four of the nominations. We were incredibly pleased that the documentary Ella edited won the Best History Category and received some amazing comments from the judges.

The Missing Children

We had a brilliant time at The Griersons last night, a huge congratulations to Ella Newton, Editor of The Missing Children which won Best History Doc!

At the Tuam mother and baby home, 796 children born to unwed mothers have disappeared. The bodies of some have been found in a sewage tank. Through personal narratives of survivors, adoptees, and the women who pieced together the evidence that shook Ireland to its core, leading to an unprecedented apology from the Irish State, The Missing Children uncovers the truth of a shocking story which continues to affect the lives of many globally.

The judges said:The Missing Children showed humanity, integrity and diligent research. The testimonies of its contributors were compelling and balanced. We felt proud to be in the company of the investigators who peeled back layer upon layer of cruelty and horror to reveal this devastating story. Their skilful and touching storytelling is an inspiration for all documentary filmmakers.”

Congratulations to Ella and the team at True Vision.

Gold Rush: White Water

Raw Television for Discovery+

Editors: Ben Burgess, Dan Stewart and Rob Trela

Dustin Hurt is back and now gambling everything for the chance of a life changing payday on Gold Rush: White Water Series 6.

Satusfaction had three editors working on this series where Dustin is presented with a once in a lifetime opportunity to buy a remote claim, known as “Nugget Creek,” with the proven history of delivering gold. Ben Burgess, Dan Stewart and Rob Trela edited an episode from this season, Ben Burges enjoyed the epic scale of series and commented “I loved working with footage set out in the wilderness of Alaska, with all the amazing scenery and using epic music”. He is also enjoying the underwater footage and go-pro footage which he explains “gives the viewer in the POV of the characters. It’s quite atmospheric”.

Gold Rush: White Water Series 6  premiers on Friday 11th November at 9PM on Discovery+

Locked Up Abroad Declassified: A King’s Ransom

Raw for National Geographic

Editor: Jayesh Lathia


Dream adventures turn into hellish nightmares for the travellers featured in this series, which recounts through first-hand interviews and drama reconstructions of being arrested in a foreign country, usually for drug smuggling, and how they coped with the resulting lengthy prison terms. 

This episode focuses on Rafael Arguelles . The Latin Kings dominate Chicago in the 1980s, and teenager Rafael joins them to protect himself. But after a stint in jail, he realises his gang is tearing his community apart. He decides to go undercover for the FBI against his former friends. He aims to take down the head of the organisation Lord Gino no matter what the risk.

Jayesh edited this episode which contains a mixture of interviews and actors reconstructing the events. He said “It was great to work on another season of Locked Up Abroad about ex-gang member Rafael Arguelles. The challenge was to keep Rafael’s emotional and conflicted journey at the forefront of the narrative whilst also weaving in the ongoing danger that Rafael and his family faced“.

Locked up Abroad: Declassified is streaming now on National Geographic

Save Our Squad

Editor: Abraham Teweldebrhan

Twenty Twenty and Studio 99 for Disney+

Exec Producers: Jon Crisp, Ruth Kelly and Sean Doyle

Wednesday 9th November

With the World Cup fast approaching, we have seen a few football series being made and this one is set to be a real heart warming one!

Save Our Squad sees David Beckham return to his East London roots to mentor Westward Boys, a young, grassroots team who are at the bottom of their league, facing relegation. However, this isn’t just any league… this is the same league that David played in as a young boy. Working with the head coaches, he’ll try to turn the team’s fortunes around. From heroics to heartbreak, failure to redemption, the experiences that Westward Boys, their coaches and their families will go through over the course of the season, are ones they’ll never forget. Abraham edited episode 3.  Perhaps Ab’s can ask David Beckham to help mentor him with his fantasy team and move him up the Satusfaction league….?

The series Premieres on Disney+  Weds 9th November

FIFA Uncovered

Ventureland for Netflix

Editor: Graham Taylor

Streaming from 9th Nov

In less than a month’s time, Qatar will become the first ever middle eastern country to host the FIFA World Cup. Qatar’s successful bid to host the World Cup has proven to be one of the most controversial moments in the history of the sport. This feature documentary explores accusations of bribery, money laundering, racketeering and tax evasion from footballs governing body FIFA. Netflix promises to reveal never before heard interviews with senior officials, new details surrounding disgraced President Sepp Blatter, decades of dirty politics  and much, more.

The talented editor Graham Taylor who worked documentary said “ A great experience editing the finale of such a sprawling and complex subject. Director Daniel Gordon expertly managed 4 editors working in different corners of the country, allowing us all enough freedom to follow our instincts whilst keeping us heading in same direction. Using hundreds of interviews and limitless archive, we took on one of the most complex subjects of our time. Audacious and at the same time very hard to pin down; corruption in football is all about power and money, but also about evading accountability, and it’s the leadership culture of FIFA that we focused our story around. FIFA is a success story like no other, and football is the one thing can unite the world. Perhaps we’ll never know the true cost of the sordid actions of the kleptocracy that overseas it, but we do see a form of justice served to those responsible in this series. It was my task to tie up the many strands unravelled in 4 episodes and land us in the present day, on the eve of the Qatar World Cup, perhaps no greater symbol of the good, and bad, that FIFA brings to the world”.

FIFA Uncovered will be released on Netflix on the  9th November.

The Royal Mob

Editors: Rich Lester and Richard ( Huggy) Lace

Exec Producer: Ben Goold

Nutopia for Sky History and / A&E Networks

The Royal Mob explores how the royal family once ruled the whole of Europe, and how their loves, marriages and feuds dragged the continent into the world’s first total war and violent revolution. The series will lift the lid on the family tensions which set cousin against cousin and sister against sister, and saw millions plunged into World War One. The series combines premium scripted drama with testimony from expert historians.

Skins co-creator Jamie Brittain and Ten Percent’s Abigail Wilson managed the show’s scripted elements. Their work is combined with the historical expertise of academic and broadcaster Dabiri (Hair Power: Me and My Afro), Young Stalin author Sebag Montefiore and academics Priya Atwal (Royals and Rebels) and Miranda Carter (Three Emperors).

Huggy worked across all four episodes and really enjoyed working on the series, particularly with the well shot drama elements.  He found it an interesting series about the lead up to the Great War.  

Rich Lester worked on episodes 1 and 4. He said “The mix of Interview, drama and archive was a fun challenge to balance, it was great fun to craft the drama aspects too”

This brand new doco- drama series will premiere on Monday 7th November 2022 at 9pm on Sky History and A&E Networks

Our Halloween recommendation, if you are brave enough…

Hauntings

Story Films for Paramount Plus+

Editor: Nick Follows

Brand new four part documentary series that details the most terrifying paranormal cases in Britain and America. Facing countless instances of scrutiny over the years, these stories of suspected supernatural activity cannot simply be explained away. Alongside interviews with victims and witnesses at the heart of these paranormal occurrences, the series includes commentary from experts who attempt to explain the inexplicable.  It also includes archive and dramatic reconstruction. Nick Follows edited the Lady in the Lake episode.  

All four episodes are streaming now on Paramount+