SYNOPSIS: This groundbreaking historical documentary investigates, for the first time, the epic struggle between China and Japan during the second world war and its long-lasting effects in modern China and beyond.
Based on the acclaimed book, Forgotten Ally, by renowned China expert Rana Mitter, the film combines eye witness testimony with rare archive footage and stunning animated reconstructions. An emotional, eye-opening journey that re-writes history as we know it.
HIGHLIGHTS: Juggle between hours of archive footage and condense 8 years of human suffering in just 52’ minutes.
SYNOPSIS: Fishponds of the Amazon is a short documentary about an entrepreneurship project in a small village on the shores of the Amazon River.
In 2014, the non-profit organisation Tacif started a fish-farming project in the Peruvian Amazon. They promote aquaculture as a way to support low-income families, foster gender equality and protect river wildlife. The story is told through images captured in the rainforest and interviews of the main characters, while a colourful animation reconstructs the background of the project. Original score composed in the UK with a South American swing.
The film is in currently in final stages of post-production and will be presented at festivals in summer 2019.
HIGHLIGHTS: Shooting in the jungle, under a 45 degrees sun, to then come back home and find the real story in the editing room.
SYNOPSIS: The extraordinary story of General Tom Thumb – the world’s first global show business celebrity. Discovered at the age of four, and just 64cm tall, Stratton was a true child prodigy. His patron, P.T. Barnum, dressed the young Stratton in costume and trained him to sing and dance, transforming him from an unknown personality of the freak-show into an international superstar. His stardom truly reflected the age of his time, but was his career built on exploitation?
Originally produced for BBC as a one-off episode, the documentary has been turned into 2 episodes for sale purposes by TVF International.
HIGHLIGHTS: Tailoring the narrative to make a 90 minute documentary work as a 2 parts episodic film.
COMMISSIONER: Caledonia Investments, previously Union Castle
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Captive Minds
SYNOPSIS: The Union Castle Oral Histories is a series of short documentaries about the British shipping line Union Castle, which operated between Europe and Africa from 1900 to 1977. Through interviews of former employees and archive footage, the series tells everyday life and anecdotes on board of the line ships, and constitutes an exceptional historical testimony of life at sea in the seventies. The series, produced by Captive Minds, is currently in development as a long-form documentary for a British broadcaster.
HIGHLIGHTS: Learning about the peculiar forms of entertainment people enjoyed on cruises in the past, so different from what we like today.
FORMAT: Reversioning for the American market, 1 x 46’, HD
COMMISSIONER: CHANNEL 4
REVERSIONING PRODUCER: TVF International
SYNOPSIS: The flower industry is a $100 billion global business where the Dutch control the market. But there’s a chink in their armour! And the UK – the world’s fourth largest buyer of cut flowers – is fighting back. Meet the new generation of florists who are revolutionising the trade, from quirky home-grown buds to luscious displays at London’s National Gallery.
Originally produced for C4 as the ‘The Billion Pound Flower Market’, the documentary has been later on reversioned for the American Market by TVF International.
HIGHLIGHTS: Discovering that cultural differences apply to flowers as well for this adaptation for the American market.
SYNOPSIS: The Gamitana Dream is the first of two short documentaries I created for the N.G.O. Tacif in the Peruvian Amazon. In 5 chapters, it tells the inspiring success story of 17 low-income families that started their first small business and became entrepreneurs.
HIGHLIGHTS: Persuade the locals to be interviewed, then explain them I wasn’t looking for yes-no answers but for articulated ones.
FORMAT: Reversioning for the International Market, 1 x 52’, HD and 4K
COMMISSIONER: Paleartic Films
REVERSIONING PRODUCER: TVF International
SYNOPSIS: Wild Gibraltar is a spectacular wildlife documentary featuring the varied and colourful animals which inhabit the border between Africa and Europe. On land and at sea, watch predators big and small wage age-old battles with nature and man.
Originally produced by Paleartic Films in Spain, the documentary has been later on reversioned for the International Market by TVF International.
HIGHLIGHTS: Apparently, censorship applies to animals as well, some of them don’t fit in the International market…but the cameleon will keep hissing at its preys!