SYNOPSIS: Rome, 1983. After leaving a music lesson, 15-year-old Emanuela Orlandi vanishes — embroiling the Vatican in a decades-long mystery. Between falsified evidence and alleged tracks, Emmy winner director Mark Lewis (former author of “Don’t F**k with Cats”) analyses what we know so far in this new Netflix original docu-series.
AWARDS:Nominee, BAFTA TV Awards 2023, Best Factual Series
HIGHLIGHTS: The series had a significant social impact, leading to the Italian Parliament and the Vatican reopening their investigations into the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi. This demonstrates the powerful influence of the series on both public opinion and government actions, highlighting its role in bringing attention to an important case and potentially uncovering new information.
FORMAT: Feature documentary, 1 x 52′, HD. Please have a look at the trailer and feel free to get in touch to request a copy of the full episode.
COMMISIONER: History Channel
PRODUCTION COMPANY: TVF International
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: Creating breathing space in a sequence while at the same time summarising 8 years of human suffering in just 52 minutes.
PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Jungle Creations and Baldwin&
SYNOPSIS: In 2010, U.S. Sergeant J.D. Williams was leading a small recon team in Afghanistan when an IED detonated directly underneath him. J.D. was badly injured but survived. And when back home, he found a way to challenge himself again.
The film was featured on Muse by Clio Magazine. Please read the full review here
HIGHLIGHTS: Being inspired by J.D. story of resilience and superation. And when a message is so meaningful, cutting it down to just 4 minutes proves quite challenging.
Fishponds of the Amazon is a short documentary about a sustainable project in a remote village of the Peruvian rainforest. An inspiring story of collaborative work where economic progress meets conservation efforts, in the hope of effecting widespread impact by starting small.
SYNOPSIS: We all read the headlines: the Amazon is burning, threatened by mass exploitation; public opinion is split between conservationists and liberalists. But what if it were possible to conciliate both? In 2018 filmmaker Cristina Balduin gained access to a remote village in the Peruvian rainforest, where the N.G.O. Tacif had started a sustainable entrepreneurship project: they promoted aquaculture as a way to support low-income families and protect river wildlife. Combining live-action footage and a colourful animation, this short documentary follows 24 fishermen while they learn to run a sustainable fish-farm. And listening to its frenzied Latin-American soundtrack, we get a glimpse into the local way of living. We discover the fishermen’ s positive approach to change and learn how gender equality and motivation are deeply connected. Narrated by renowned journalist Georgina Godwin, this documentary sheds a light on a proposal that aims at preserving the environment whilst fostering economic development, hoping for a new ‘butterfly effect’. Because a little community in the Amazon could perhaps make an impact on the future of the planet.
HIGHLIGHTS: Shooting in the jungle, under a 45 degrees sun, then come back home and find the real story in the editing room.
SYNOPSIS: Bad sport follows six stories of sports and crime, told by the athletes, coaches and law enforcement officials. In this episode set in Italy, investigators detail shocking allegations that former Juventus director Luciano Moggi influenced referees in a scandal that rocked Italian football.
FORMAT: Broadcast documentary, Episode 03, 1 x 24′, HD
CHANNEL: London Live
SYNOPSIS: In this series, English television presenter Anthea Turner investigates current stories with big impact in the UK. She meets experts and common people and discusses the personal and wider implications of these issues. In this episode, Anthea talks about the diagnosis and treatment of bowel cancer, taking advice from doctors and cancer survivors including BBC journalist Jeremy Bowen.
HIGHLIGHTS: Treating a sensitive subject while balancing informative and entertaining sections.
ROLE: Assistant Editor for Series 7, Ep. 05 and 06
FORMAT: Broadcast documentary, 2x 60′
Series 06 is currently available for streaming on Sky Uk or National Geographic USA.
COMMISSIONER: National Geographic
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Darlow Smithson London
SYNOPSIS: This history series examines the military mind-set, pioneering tactics and state-of-the-art technologies deployed by the Nazis and the Allies during World War II.
Episode 05, Hitler’s desert War, showcases how Rommel’s brutal campaign in North Africa pushed the British to their limits and dictated the course of the war. Episode 06, Hitler’s Mediterranean Fortress, talks about Operation Mincemeat and how allied spies planted false documents on a corpse to carry out of the most audacious deceptions of World War II.
HIGHLIGHTS: Juggling between hours of archive footage to find the right shot.