Category Archives: TELEVISION

VATICAN GIRL, NETFLIX

Netflix original series: BAFTA TV Award nominee 2023

FORMAT: Four-part series | Duration: 4 x 60 minutes | 4k

SYNOPSIS: Rome, Vatican City, 1983. After leaving a music lesson, 15-year-old Emanuela Orlandi, a Vatican citizen, vanishes without a trace — entangling the Church in a decades-long mystery. Amidst falsified evidence, evocative drama reconstructions, and alleged tracks, Emmy winner director Mark Lewis (former author of “Don’t F**k with Cats”) explores the theories that have gripped Italy ever since, involving everyone from the mafia, terrorists to top ranks of the Catholic Church.

AWARDS: BAFTA TV Awards 2023 Nominee, Best Factual Series | Grierson Awards 2023 Shortlisted, Best History Documentary

IMPACT: The series had a significant social impact, prompting both the Italian Parliament and the Vatican to reopen their investigations into the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi; it holds the potential to uncover new information in the case.

DIRECTOR: Mark Lewis

EDITORS: Joe Carey (Lead Editor), Cristina Balduin (Additional Editor)

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Stefano Ferrari

PRODUCERS: Chiara Messineo, Jonny Taylor, Simon Mills

CHANNEL: Netflix

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Raw TV

ODE, BBC2

BBC commissioned short film for the 2 Minutes Masterpieces programme

FORMAT: Short film | Duration: 3 minutes | 4k

SYNOPSIS: Using Arthur O’Shaughnessy’s ode as inspiration, Naomi Waring’s film celebrates the confidence, pride and beauty that disco dancing brings to working class young girls in Northern Ireland. 

FESTIVALS: Official selection at Aesthetica Short Film Festival (BAFTA-Qualifying) | Chicago International Children’s Film Festival | Uppsala Short Film Festival | Dublin International Film Festival.

HIGHLIGHTS: Through vibrant and dynamic editing, the film aims to inspire young artists to discover confidence and break through social barriers.

DIRECTOR: Naomi Waring

EDITOR: Cristina Balduin

CINEMATOGRAPHY: George Barns

MUSIC:Toydrum

CHANNEL: BBC2

COMMISSIONER: BBC

WWII CHINA FORGOTTEN ALLY, HISTORY CHANNEL

History Channel’s one-part historical documentary, adapted from the book ‘Forgotten Ally’ by historian Rana Mitter.

FORMAT: Feature documentary | Duration: 52 minutes | HD

SYNOPSIS: Unveiling the often-overlooked conflict between China and Japan during World War II, this documentary explores its lasting repercussions on modern China and beyond. 

HIGHLIGHTS: Seamlessly blending firsthand accounts, rare archival footage, and engaging animated reconstructions, the film offers fresh perspectives on established historical narratives.

DIRECTOR: Vicki Lin

EDITORS: Cristina Balduin, Stephen Yang and Robert James

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Daniel Furth Jr

CHANNEL: History Channel

PRODUCTION COMPANY: TVF International

BAD SPORT, NETFLIX

Netflix Original Series: Emmy Award Nominee 2022

FORMAT: Six-part series, episode 3 ‘Footballgate’ | Duration: 55 minutes | 4k

SYNOPSIS: Bad Sport delves into the intriguing intersection of sports and crime through six stories told by athletes, coaches, and law enforcement officials. In episode three, ‘Footballgate’, investigators detail shocking allegations that former Juventus director Luciano Moggi influenced referees in a scandal that rocked Italian football.

HIGHLIGHTS: Through wiretaps, undercover footage, and intense interrogations, Bad Sport weaves together true crime and sports, delivering gripping visual storytelling that keeps viewers hooked.

DIRECTOR: Alex Kiehl

EDITOR: Toby Clarkson

ASSISTANT EDITOR: Cristina Balduin

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Jeremy Hewson

CHANNEL: Netflix

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Raw UK

THE GOOD FIGHT CLUB, SKY

Four-part documentary series produced for Sky by BAFTA-award winning Century Films.

FORMAT: Four-part series | Duration: 4 x 48 minutes | 4k

SYNOPSIS: The Good Fight Club follows the inspiring journey of a group of young Mixed Martial Arts athletes fighting to make it from their South London gym to the glittering home of MMA: Las Vegas.

HIGHLIGHTS: The Good Fight Club goes beyond the lucrative world of contact sports, exploring the personal motivations of its fighters. From Thomas, aspiring to be a role model for the deaf community, to Shanelle, seeking a brighter future for her siblings, under head coach Steve’s guidance MMA becomes more than a sport or career—it’s a path to overcoming obstacles, forging bonds, and finding empowerment in the urban jungle.

DIRECTOR: Jack Retallack and Liz Biggs

EDITORS: Alex Young, Aggela Despotidou, Kanwaljeet Singh Thind, Elaine Lazzaris

ASSISTANT EDITOR: Cristina Balduin 

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Timothy Myers

CHANNEL: Now TV/ Sky

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Century Films

NAZI MEGASTRUCTURES, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Historical series for National Geographic, seventh season

FORMAT: Six-part series, Season 7, episodes 5 and 6 | Duration: 2 x 60 minutes | HD

SYNOPSIS: This historical series delves into the military strategies, groundbreaking tactics, and cutting-edge technologies employed by both the Nazis and the Allies during World War II. 

HIGHLIGHTS:  In Episode 05, viewers are immersed in the intense battles of Rommel’s North African campaign, while Episode 6 reveals Operation Mincemeat—a gripping account of Allied spies planting false evidence, highlighting the indispensable role of wartime espionage in shaping the conflict’s outcome.

DIRECTORS: Chris Ledger, Sid Bennett

EDITORS: Jonathan Kelly, Richard Lace, Ali Kerr

ASSISTANT EDITOR: Cristina Balduin

CHANNEL: National Geographic

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Darlow Smithson London