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 fighting and 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.
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 an uk broadcaster, please get in touch if interested in a private viewing link.
HIGHLIGHTS: Learning about the peculiar forms of entertainment people enjoyed on cruises in the past, so different from what we like today.
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 English Market,1 x 52’, HD and 4K
COMMISSIONER: Paleartic Films
REVERSIONING: 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.
HIGHLIGHTS: Find the rhythm of the chameleon catching its prey.