Category: Documentary

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

Martin Had His Own Way of Thinking About Things

Rjukan is a small industrial town in the municipality of Telemark, in Norway, that lies at the bottom of a deep valley at the foot of the mighty Gaustatoppen mountain. The steep slopes of the surrounding mountains completely block out the sun for half the year, leaving this thriving community of 3,400 in permanent shadow from September to March.

But since 2013, the town’s residents has been basking under a tiny patch of sunlight that falls right over the market square. This light is reflected from three large heliostatic mirrors called “Solspeil” installed on the mountainside about 450 meters above the town’s square. The mirrors capture the sunlight and direct it into the market square where it illuminates an area of about 600 square meters. Controlled by computers, the mirrors follow the sun’s movement across the sky, moving every 10 seconds so that Rjukan’s square remains sun drenched for the entire length of the day.

 

They say the one thing man can’t control is nature. Martin Andersen disagrees – and he proved it by conquering the Sun.

 

A six minute film made by Vice UK, for Mazda.

 

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

 


 

999: On the Frontline

Proud to have composed a score for 999:On the Frontline, a ten-part series featuring the incredible paramedics of the West Midlands Ambulance Service. The series broadcast on More 4, follows ambulance crews across the West Midlands showing in real-time, the ranges of cases paramedics attend to.

Production Company: Curve Media
Series Producer: Claire Simpson
Composer: Alexander Parsons