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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

MORNINGTOWN, CENTURY FILMS

Short film starring BAFTA and Emmy winner actor Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who, True Detective, etc)

FORMAT: Short film | Duration: 1 x 9 minutes | 4k

The project is currently in development as a feature film.

SYNOPSIS:Morningtown, inspired by true events, fearlessly explores contemporary fatherhood, family breakdown, and the crisis of mental health.

HIGHLIGHTS:  Dive into the character’s inner turmoil, portrayed in stark black and white through the masterful performance of award-winning actor Christopher Eccleston. His portrayal captures the essence of family breakdown and paranoia, offering an authentic depiction that provides valuable insights for the audience.

DIRECTOR: Brian Hill

EDITOR: Cristina Balduin

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Liz Biggs, Conor Maloney Hill

PRODUCER: Emma Clarke

MUSIC: Fraser T Smith

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Century Films

BEAUTIFUL IN THE MORNING, CARITAS FILMS

ROLE: Offline editor

FORMAT: Feature Film, 1 x 94′, DCI 4K.

COMMISIONER: B.F.I.

DIRECTOR: Flavia Casà

SYNOPSIS: Set in the British seaside, Beautiful in the Morning is a coming of age story about Marielle, an 18 years old girl who during the summer travels to her family country house to reconnect with the women in her family, only for them to be torn apart by an intrusive stranger.

FILM PREMIERE: Los Angeles Femme Int’l Film Festival, Official Selection

AWARDS:

  • Winner, Sochi International Film Festival, Special Jury Prize and Best Cinematography
  • Winner, London Int’l Motion Picture Awards for Janine Birkett (Best Uk Actress), Jack Loy (Best Uk Actor), Mark Wingett (Best supporting Actor).
  • Finalist, Los Angeles Femme Int’l Film Festival, Best Feature Writer (Flavia Casà).
  • Nominee, Top Indie Film Awards for Best Feature, Best Cinematography and Best Music.
  • Special Mention at Unrestricted View Film Festival.

HIGHLIGHTS: The late editing sessions with the director, discussing passionately on how to represent realistically the emotional world of an 18 years old.

THE DRY CLEANER, AMAZON PRIME

ROLE: Offline editor

FORMAT: Short Film,1 x 17′, DCI 4K Cinemascope

DIRECTOR: Chris Carr

CHANNEL: Amazon Prime

SYNOPSIS:  The Dry Cleaner is a contemporary short spy film about the moral dilemma of agent recruitment. British Intelligence officer George Collins makes contact with Middle Eastern student Lydia, who at her university knows members of a revolutionary group called the FKA. George tries to persuade Lydia to work with him and provide information. Will Lydia spy on her friends in Britain or will she leave George out in the cold?

The film is currently in development with the same characters as a feature film. Shot in London on Red Epic.

AWARDS:

  • Honourable Mention at SpyFlix Film festival
  • Official Selection at London Lift Off Festival, The British Short Film Awards, New York Independent Cinema Awards

HIGHLIGHTS: Experimenting with suspense while getting into the mindset of an hesitant aspiring young spy.