The Grierson Trust Awards: Shortlist Announced

We are super proud that several projects that our editors have worked on have been shortlisted in the Grierson Awards. The Griersons are the biggest event in the UK documentary calendar with the ceremony taking place in November.

A big congratulations to Charlie Hawryliw. Three amazing projects that he edited have made it on to the shortlist:

Massacre at Ballymurphey Awen Media for Channel 4 has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Historical Documentary category.

David Harewood: Psychosis and Me Films of Record for BBC Two has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Single Documentary’

The Choir: Our School By the Tower. Twenty Twenty Television for BBC Two has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Constructed Documentary Series’

Graham Taylor edited the wonderful Children of Snowland which has been shortlisted in the Best Cinema Documentary. Picture on the Wall Productions & Mayfly TV for General theatrical release.

Matt Lowe edited ‘Drowning In Plastic’ Raw TV for BBC One which has been shortlisted in the Best Natural History Documentary category.

Dom Lester edited ‘Australia : Earths Magical Kingdom‘ Oxford Scientific Films for BBC 2 which has been shortlisted in the Best Natural History Documentary category.

Congratulations to everyone shortlisted. See the full list here

Armstrong

Armstrong – Feature Documentary- 1 hour 40 minutes.

Editor: Paul Holland

Director: David Fairhead

Narrated by Harrison Ford

ARMSTRONG is a dramatic and emotional documentary that features never-before-seen family home-movie footage, along with still and moving images that chronicle Neil Armstrong’s incredible life.  

Armstrong is in all cinemas nationwide on July 9th for one night only then will be on general release from July 12th.

Paul spent nearly 9 months editing this film and it was quite possibly the most painless experience he’s ever had in an edit suite- he even uses the word ‘fun’!   He puts this down to the director who used to be an editor and therefore understood exactly when Paul needed support and when to let go of the reins. The small team behind the project also contributed greatly in the shaping of the film and the whole process felt like a truly collaborative experience between 5 people.

We can’t wait to watch it!

Death Row: Countdown to Execution

Thursday 13th June

9pm ITV – 2 parts

Edited by Matt Lowe and Jen Hampson

This new two-part documentary series in ITV’s Crime & Punishment strand sees Susanna Reid travel to Huntsville in Texas, home of the most active death chamber in the United States, to come face-to-face with death row inmate Patrick Murphy, who is confronting the imminent prospect of being put to death as his execution date draws ever closer. Murphy was one of the members of the notorious ‘Texas 7’ gang who violently murdered a police officer while on the run, after he and six other criminals launched one of the most infamous prison breakouts in American history. Delving into the details of the crime, Susanna discovers that Murphy may not be as culpable as she first thought of the murder itself. He didn’t pull the trigger that killed the police officer, and he wasn’t at the scene of the murder in the year 2000. Susanna meets lawyers fighting for and against his execution, the family of the victim, as well as Murphy’s son, who grew up not knowing his father until he broke out of prison and became one of the most wanted men in the United States. As Murphy lives out his last few days and hours, she gains a vivid insight into the impact his execution will have on them all.

Episode 1  on air Thursday 13th June (Pick of the week in Radio Times)

EditorJen Hampson

Episode 2  on air Thursday 20th June

Editor – Matt Lowe

Broadcast Digital Awards 2019

The shortlist for the 2019 Broadcast Digital Awards has been announced and we are excited to see that several programmes that our editors have cut have been shortlisted.

After the Screaming Stops’ has been shortlisted in the Best Documentary Programme. Made by Fulwell 73 for BBC4 Matthew Henley was edit support on this documentary about the tense reunion of pop band Bros.

In the Best Entertainment Programme is Lime Pictures ‘Celebs Go Dating’ edited by  Mike Kerr, Chris Naggs and James Moriarty and  ITV’s ‘Love Island’ Series 4 which has also been shortlisted. Tim Fielding worked on this series and is lucky enough to be out in Majorca now cutting the current season 5!

Britain’s Youngest Football Boss has been shortlisted in the Best Popular Factual Programme category. Made by Curious Films for BBC Three, this series follows top flight football club West Ham United Women’s team and their 19-year-old Managing Director Jack Sullivan. Editors: Jamie Williams and Mark Pickles.

In the Gamechanger Programme category, Avalon’s ‘Al Murray; Why Does Everybody Hate the English’ has been shortlisted. This programmes sees Al Murray, the award winning comedian and history fanatic find out what lies behind England’s greatest feuds with its closest neighbours: Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Germany and France.  Broadcast on The History Channel. Roy Williams– Editor for Ep 1.

The winners will be announced on 3rd July, best of luck to all the nominees!

Puppy School

Editor: Adam Mitchell

Friday 17th May

Red Sky Productions for Channel 4

As training centres for first-time dog owners spring up across the UK, new Channel 4 series, Puppy School will invite puppy parents to a bespoke school, to help them contend with the challenge of bringing a puppy into their lives. Set against the stunning backdrop of Chatsworth, its curriculum will include exercises to develop doggy IQs and social skills, and help the furry family members successfully settle into their new home. Each episode of Puppy School will chronicle the puppies’ first six months, covering the highs and lows of becoming a new puppy parent, as well as recording the moving, heart-warming and sometime tumultuous events in the lives of the owners as they face a challenging or exciting new chapter.

Adam Mitchell worked on all four episodes of the series.

Episode one will be aired Friday 17th May Channel 4

One Day in Gaza

Editor: Ella Newton
Frontline  for BBC2

One Day in Gaza is a BBC Current Affairs production for BBC and WGBH/Frontline made by award-winning documentary maker, Olly Lambert and edited by Ella Newton.  It examines moment by moment what happened on that fateful day. The 14 May 2018 started as a day of mass protest at Gaza’s border with Israel, and would end as one of the most deadly days in Gaza for a generation. For weeks, Palestinians had been protesting along the border fence, but tensions were running particularly high due to the opening of the new United States embassy to Israel in Jerusalem – the controversial step ordered by Donald Trump. As Ivana Trump, Jared Kushner and other senior US officials gathered in Jerusalem to inaugurate the new embassy, tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered at sites along the Gaza border, barely 40 miles away. As the sun set that day, over 60 Palestinians were dead or dying, and over 2,000 lay injured, many by live ammunition.

Drawing on more than 120 hours of archive footage filmed on both sides of the border that day – including exclusive videos released by both Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that dominates Gaza, and the Israel Defence Forces, this film reveals the complex reality and human toll of the day – and asks who is to blame for the bloodshed.

What really happened that day? Israel said its troops only opened fire in self-defence or on people using the protests as cover for an armed infiltration, while Palestinians and human rights groups have accused Israeli troops of using excessive force against unarmed civilians who posed no threat. This 60-minute film reveals extraordinary new details of what happened.

13th May 9pm BBC2

8 Days: To the Moon and Back

Editor:  Duncan Hill

Screening at the Science Museum 28th June 7.30pm

Made by The Science Unit, BBC Studios, co-produced with PBS and The Open University. Executive Producer: Andrew Cohen, Producer: James van Der Pool, Director: Anthony Philipson.

Eight days, three hours, 18 minutes, 35 seconds. That’s the total duration of the most important and celebrated space mission ever flown – Apollo 11 – when we first stepped foot on the moon. Eight days that created some of the most iconic images in human history and changed the way we think about our place in the universe forever. But what was it really like for those three men in that high-tech tin can through each of those extraordinary eight days? This feature-length drama documentary edited by Duncan Hill tells the real story of the mission as it happened. With access to hours of declassified cockpit audio recorded by the astronauts themselves, ‘8 Days’ is a stunning 21st century retelling of the story of the men who went to the Moon.

There will be a special screening 28th June at The Science Museum followed by a Q&A of lunar experts and key figures involved in the making of ‘8 Days’.

Book tickets here:

David Harewood: Psychosis and Me

Films of Record
Editor:
Charlie Hawryliw

Thursday 16th May 9pm BBC2

At 23 years old, actor David Harewood suffered a mental breakdown and was taken into hospital, where he was treated with anti-psychotic medication. Now, in this 60min documentary edited by Charlie Hawryliw,  David retraces his steps and try’s to piece together what happened to him, much of which he doesn’t remember, as well as try to understand why it happened.

Alongside the exploration of his own story, he will also meet the people going through mental health crises today and the mental health professionals and emergency services on the frontline. He meets people who are living with psychosis and spends time with two inspirational young people from an Early Intervention drop in group in Solihull. The group is run by consultant psychiatrist, Dr Erin Turner to help offer support and encourage the members talk about their own psychosis, treatment and crucially, their ongoing recoveries.

David Harewood: Psychosis and Me will air on Thursday 16th May at 9pm, BBC2

The Comedy Bus

Editor: Connor Snedecor

This new show will feature stand-up comedians Joel Dommett, Iain Stirling, Tom Allen, Suzi Ruffell, Darren Harriott and Kiri Pritchard-McLean as they travel together to their respective hometowns. Talking about the show, the network explains: “It will follow the six comedians as they embark on a journey to each of their hometowns in search of what life is like there now. On what will be a literal trip of their lifetimes, each comedian will act as tour guide for the episode around their own hometown.”

The series is being filmed by Sacha Baron Cohen and Andrew Newman’s production company Spelthorne Community Television.

Connor who worked on the series said: “I’ve been lucky that the team around me on this project was really easy to work with all the way up. The Comedy Bus has been one of those projects that really transformed during editing and that often puts a lot of stress into the process, but it didn’t go that way. I always felt well supported in the edit, and on the same page with everyone at Spelthorne on where to take the show. And it ended up a better show for it. As an added bonus I had great fun getting to know more of the six talented comics that are the heart of the series.”

The series starts on Wednesday 10th April 10pm on Comedy Central.

Jesus: His Life

Nutopia for History

Richard Lace- Huggy

Robyn Wright

Phil Bowman

Matt Lowe

This 8-part series explores the story of Jesus through a unique lens: the people in his life who were closest to him. Each of the eight chapters is told from the perspective of different biblical figures, all of whom played a pivotal role in his life – Joseph, John the
Baptist, Mary the mother of Jesus, the High Priest Caiaphas, Judas Iscariot,
Pontius Pilate, Mary Magdalene and Peter. Each individual takes a turn guiding
viewers through the emotional and epic story of one of the most famous figures
in history, through his birth, death and resurrection, through a combination of
scripted drama and interviews with a diverse group of scholars, faith leaders
and theologians from across the ideological spectrum.

Editors;
Huggy, Robyn, Matt Lowe and Phil all worked on this epic series.  Huggy who was editing
on it  for nearly 4 months said “The production was of epic scale,
using hundreds of extras on Ridley Scott’s former location for ‘Kingdom of
Heaven’  in Morocco. I was always conscious of the time, effort and cost
it took to shoot the material I was handling. I certainly learnt a lot about
the story of Jesus and the people he came into contact with”

Series premieres March 25, and airs across the 4 weeks leading up to Easter 2019

 

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