Category: Channel 4

Artist in Residence: The Football Club

Artist In Residence: The Football Club

Artist Tai Shan Schierenberg spends a season at West Bromwich Albion, during an incredibly turbulent period for the club.

He takes on the role of painter, narrator and interrogator in The Football Club, querying Tony Pulis, then manager of West Bromwich Albion, as he considered the inevitability of his club’s demise and his own position.

“It manages to be about failure, masculinity, creativity and community at the same time.. it gets my vote for the sheer ambition is pours into a commercial hour” – editor Chris Collins

 

Grierson Winner: Best Arts or Music Documentary
Broadcast Award Winner: Best Specialist Factual

 

Director: Marcus Plowright
Editor: Iain Pettifer
Composer: Alexander Parsons

 

 

Professor Green: Working Class White Men

In Britain today many working class white men feel demonised, forgotten and angry. Presented by Professor Green this documentary, directed by Christian Collerton, for Swan Films explores what life is really like for these men, why many of them feel abandoned, and what the consequences are for Britain if we continue to look away.

 

Working Class White Men (Channel 4) – Music Exceprts from Alexander Parsons – Composer on Vimeo.

 

My soundtrack features heavily processed piano, analogue synths and strings, recorded in London, Berlin and Paris. Recording of individual parts on to cassette tape, as well as granular techniques created a highly unstable sound with a distinctly human feel.

 

 

 

Filmed, produced and directed by Christian Collerton
Editor: Sam Santana
Exec Producers: Joe Evans and Neil Crombie
Production Company: Swan Films
Broadcaster: Channel 4

Big Ben: Saving the World’s Most Famous Clock

Big Ben: Saving the World’s Most Famous Clock, is a three-part documentary series on the grandest of scales about restoration work on the iconic clock tower, which will see the bells silenced for the next four years. Beginning with a feature-length episode, Anna Keay, Director of Landmark Trust, goes behind the scenes on this massive project, and talks to Parliament’s principal architect and the three clockmakers who have the challenging task of taking the gigantic mechanism apart for the first time in nearly 160 years. The programme also examines the history of the clock tower, revealing how it was almost never built in the first place.

Produced and Directed by Jenny Dames
Editor: Eddie Haselden
Executive Producers: Bernie Kaye and Will Smith
Broadcaster: Channel 4

Muslim Drag Queens

Muslim Drag Queens, from director Marcus Plowright allows unprecedented insight into the clandestine gay Asian or ‘Gaysian’ community in the UK which provides a haven for young men who are unable to publically reconcile their sexuality with their cultural identity and traditions. Homosexuality is widely deemed to be forbidden within Islam and the exhibitionist nature of drag remains one of the ultimate taboos for many British Asians – forcing the entire scene underground. This sensitively-made film focusses on the stories of three of the 100-150 Muslim Drag Queens who face the seemingly insurmountable challenge of gaining acceptance and tolerance within their own wider communities.

Commissioning Editor David Brindley says: “This is an incredibly important, surprising and moving film. Those who have chosen to tell their stories have done so with immense bravery and speak so eloquently about the struggles they have faced. With piercing honesty, Muslim Drag Queens gets right to the heart of a community that has up until now remained hidden from the wider British public.”

The film is narrated by Sir Ian McKellen.

Producer/Director: Marcus Plowright
Executive Producers: Joe Evans and Neil Crombie
Production Company: Swan Films
Composer: Alexander Parsons

 

A really striking, powerful score

David Brindley, commissioning editor for documentary, Channel 4/BBC

 

Grayson Perry: Divided Britain

Grayson Perry Divided Britain follows Grayson as he harnesses the power of Twitter and Facebook to invite the public to contribute ideas, images, phrases and photographs with which he can cover the surface of two enormous pots: one for the Brexiteers and one for the Remainers. Grayson believes that these are the two great tribes of our time – their differences far more fundamental than disagreement over the EU – and wants to explore their competing visions of the nation.

 

★★★★★ THE TIMES | Andrew Billen
“Perry’s television programmes are great because they dare to reach conclusions that rise to artistic statements.”

★★★★ THE TELEGRAPH | Ben Lawrence
“Perry’s television programmes are great because they dare to reach conclusions that rise to artistic statements.”

 

Nominated – Best Arts, Royal Television Society Awards
Nominated – Best Presenter (Grayson Perry), Royal Television Society Awards

 

Producer/Director: Neil Crombie
Executive Producer: Joe Evans
Editor: Leigh Brzezki
Composer: Alexander Parsons

 

 

I’ve long said democracy has terrible taste. Am I enough of a strongman to take back control and make pottery great again?”

Grayson Perry, 2017

 

 

Watch the film on All4 here