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The FOCAL International Awards 2004


  • AWARD:

  • Bird & Bird

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American Icons: Hoover Dam

LMNO Cable Group   |   USA

  • Eric Schotz, Bill Paolantonio, Lisa Bourgoujian
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  • LMNO Research Staff
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The Hoover Dam is one of the greatest engineering achievements in the history of mankind. American Icons: Hoover Dam takes audiences inside this amazing structure to a world that few have ever seen, offering a comprehensive peek at its inner workings. The programme shows how the Hoover Dam changed the nation by turning water into wealth, introduces viewers to the men who built it and shows what it takes to keep the power surging.

Reason for Submission:

This production is being submitted because it displays the importance and benefit of using archived footage. The use of archive material in this programme allows
for a powerful look into the history of the world famous dam, providing an effective message of the impact that the structure had on the nation and the struggles and
sacrifices that were made to create it.

Bali - De Morgen van de Wereld (The Tomorrow of the World)

Nederlands Filmmuseum   |   Nederlands

  • Frank Roumen
  • Rien Hagen
  • Ton Soder
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The film Bali: the Tomorrow of the World is a film “without camera”; it is a compilation based on the Dutch Indies collection of the Nederlands Filmmuseum. Non-fiction material as well as home movies and scenes of fiction films are compiled to deliver an evocative picture of the Balinese culture. The mainly Balinese music and sound effects play an important role. The film is in Cinemascope format. At certain moments a multi screen is used within this format. The material dates back from 1912 – 1950. Cinemascope was produced for the first time in 1953. This means that every shot in the film is a new cut out the original material. Using this method, the historical images receive a new meaning; it loosens the expectation we
have when viewing old movies. Balinese culture is saturated by rituals and ceremonies while daily life continues. Besides the non-fiction material, which
shows this surplus, fiction material is being used. From one of these fiction films a selection was made to tell the story; the dramatic course of a trianglular relationship. This universal theme takes place in the Bali film against a background of ceremonial life. The film does not hold spoken words. It is the images, the music and the sound effects which form this portrait of a unique society. At the same time the film is a portrait of the unique collection in Bali of the Nederlands Filmmuseum.

Reason for Submission:

This is a jewel of a film and it deserves to be seen and enjoyed in other parts of the world. As the film does not require the knowledge of a language it is a universal product that can be enjoyed by us all.

Breaking The Silence - Truth & Lies in the War on Terror

A Carlton Production   |   UK

  • Christopher Martin
  • John Pilger & Steve Connelly
  • Gil Shochat (USA) Alison McAllan & Brian Sanderson (UK)
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In this film, John Pilger probes the real aims of the war on Iraq, asking "who are the most threatening terrorists? Who is responsible for far greater acts of violence than those committed by the fanatics of al-Qaeda - crimes that have claimed many more lives than September 11th, and always in poor, devastated, far away places, from Latin America to south east Asia? The answer, he says, is to be found in the US, where those now in power speak openly of their conquests and of endless war. Afghanistan - Iraq - these, they say, are just the examples of America's involvement in various conflicts around the world, and there is also more recent news archive that directly contradicts America's later claims about the dangers posed by Iraq and the need for war.

Reason for Submission:

News and archive footage provide a vital support to the programme's message.

Cameras Sauvages (Wild Africa on Film)

La Compagnie des Indes (France)   |   France / Canada

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  • Michel Viotte
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From Mogambo to Out of Africa , from the early documentary filmmakers to the golden age of wildlife TV, this programme shows a fascinating kaleidoscope of the greatest footage ever filmed in Africa.

Reason for Submission:

This programme shows the breadth of library footage - from stock footage, to programme and feature film clips - and how it can be used to illustrate and enhance a programme, helping to make it more enjoyable to a wider audience.

Cesare Zavattini

Felix Film   |   Italy

  • Carlo Lizzani
  • Diego D'Innocenzo
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A portrait of Cesare Zavattini covering the history of Italian cinema all from the thirties to the seventies. It discloses the many mysteries of Neorealism which made Italian cinema known worldwide, and which has its roots in the years preceding the war and extends its shadow and influence over many motion pictures of the following decades.

Reason for Submission:

Makes informative use of newsreels and feature film clips to help illustrate and explore the programme's themes.

Churchill

A TWI & Carlton Production   |   UK

  • Lucy Carter
  • Lucy Carter
  • Adrian Wood, Jack Amos, Polly Pettit
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This major three-part documentary series from the makers of the Second World War in Colour, Britain at War in Colour, the British Empire in Colour etc. charts Winston Churchill's life from his boyhood days at Blenheim Palace to his death in 1965.

Reason for Submission:

The story is told in voice-over; through interviews with some of his children/grand children and with historians; and largely by archive footage; as well as with some dramatic reconstructions using a Churchill look-alike acting out various scenarios, whilst a Churchill sound-alike voiced some of his thoughts. There is some film in the submitted episode 3 which has never been broadcast before. It's colour 16mm home movie of Churchill aboard Aristotle Onassis' yacht in the early 1960s. There is also quite a lot of footage of Churchill in his retirement, not often seen.

Correspondent:The Real Dr Evil

Old Street Films   |   UK

  • Rob Lemkin
  • Rob Lemkin
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Definitive profile of North Korean dictator Kim Jong II. Using rare archive footage and interviewees in three continents, the film presents a complex but compelling account of one of the world's most feared leaders.

Reason for Submission:

Kim Jong II is a scary enigma. He has never been interviewed by a western journalist. In this film the viewer gets inside the mind of a dictator – partly thanks to he interviews, but mainly because of the extraordinary archive footage that was located and used, much never seen outside North Korea. The imaginative use of this archive enabled a wider audience to relate to an ostensibly alien story. The archive footage was referred to often in the many good reviews of the film.

DAF

Ike Bertels Filmproductions (IBF)   |   Netherlands

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A three-part documentary series about the history of Van Doorne's Automobiel Fabriek (DAF) showing the rise, fall and re-birth of a Dutch family owned automobile business. Part 1: The Founders: Mr Hub and Mr Wim shows the development of a small construction company around 1928, the establishment of Van Doorne's trailer factory in 1950 and the realisation of Hub van Doorne's ultimate dream: the construction of an automobile for the consumer market. The DAF 600 with its clever gear stick is a huge hit at the auto exhibition in the RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam in 1958. Part 2: The Successors: Martien and Martin. The company's founders retire and the two oldest sons of the Van Doorne brothers succeed them. Times are tough and the car, truck and harvester divisions are broken up and Volvo take over DAF cars. Part 3: In Strangers Hands: this portrays the events that lead to the demise of DAF. The Dutch government steps in to save DAF Trucks, but 2500 workers lose their jobs. Then in 1996 an American truck company takes it over, but saves the name DAF.

Reason for Submission:

It's not only the story of a family company becoming multinational, it is also a story about the evolution of the management of a family business, brought to life using marvellous footage from DAF's own film archives and news footage covering related events.

Days that Shook the World: Hiroshima

Lion Television   |   UK

  • Christine Whittaker
  • Stephen Walker
  • Christine Whittaker, Ann Williams
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"With detailed dramatic reconstruction of the events leading up to the world's first ever atomic bombing, this film provides unique insight into the tragic story of Hiroshima from those directly involved. For the first time, those living in Hiroshima at the time of the bombing tell their heart-rending stories alongside personal testimony from Colonel Paul Tibbets, the man who led the mission so secret not even his crew knew the enormity of what they were doing. One millionth of a second after detonation – Hiroshima ceased to exist as a city. The physical impact of the blast killed 100,000 people and flattened 47,000 buildings immediately, but the long term impact both in physical and emotional terms is still felt today. Nobody knows exactly how many civilians died in Hiroshima on the morning of August 6th 1945 - one thing we do know is that its impact will be felt forever.

Reason for Submission:

The programme's strength on historical evidence, the use of original film sources, key eye-witness accounts, all of which enrich the detail of a day that shook the world.

Days that Shook the World: Yeager / Bluebird

Lion Television   |   UK

  • Rupe Whiteman
  • Matthew Whiteman
  • Anne Williams
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"With the dawn of the jet age in the mid 1940s, speeds once dreamed of looked set to become reality. But in the uneasy peace that followed World War 2, the quest to become the fastest on land, sea or in the air rapidly became both a military necessity - and a matter of great national pride. Two extraordinary days, twenty years apart, have etched their events into the history of the jet age: Chuck Yeager's first supersonic flight and Donald Campbell's attempt to become the fastest man on water. Dramatic reconstructions of these days based on eye witness accounts using original footage tells the story of two men who threw themselves against the odds to become the fastest men on the planet.

Reason for Submission:

Featuring dramatic reconstructions based on eye witness accounts and previously unseen footage archive material, this is an original and ambitious approach to history programming. Gone are traditional talking heads, replaced by strong human interest storylines offering fresh perspectives from individuals directly involved in history's defining moments.

Diana Mosley: Adolf, Oswald & Me

Blakeway Productions   |   UK

  • Fiona Procter
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  • Peter Scott
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When society beauty Diana Mitford met Adolf Hitler, he called her an 'angel' and she found him 'electrifying'. Featuring an exclusive interview with Diana Mosley, this film offers a unique insight into her lifelong love affair with fascism. After marrying Bryan Guinness, heir to the brewing fortune, Diana's life changed forever when she fell for the notorious womanizer, Oswald Mosley. In 1932 Mosley founded the British Union of Fascists and Diana's passion for him led her to Nazi Germany and the start of a friendship with Hitler based on mutual admiration and respect. In the film, she describes how she found Hitler ‘easy to talk to' and how he was a great mimic and could ‘take people off in a clever way'. When Oswald and Diana were secretly married in Joseph Goebbels's mansion in 1936, Hitler was their guest of honour. On the subject of war, she says Britain shouldn't have ‘interfered' with what Hitler wanted to do in the East, and it was this conviction which landed Diana and Oswald in prison during the war. On their release, the couple went into self-imposed exile in Paris. Diana died unrepentant, never apologizing for her support for Hitler and remaining loyal to the memory of her husband Oswald Mosley.

Reason for Submission:

In a time when we feel we have often seen the same archive footage in a dozen other documentaries, the archive content in the film Diana Mosley: Adolf, Oswald and Me proved a refreshing change. The fascinating story was beautifully illustrated by rare and intimate film footage and photography. Previously unseen footage from the Mosley family archives and from the David Kenton Library yielded a wealth of intimate imagery which opened a window to the world of the aristocracy and of fascism in the 1930s. Archive researcher Peter Scott even managed to find footage of Diana Mosley at one of the Nurnberg rallies. The archive footage in the film was sensitively used and was vital in driving a compelling narrative and deserves consideration for best use of archive in a series.

Empire

Blakeway Productions   |   UK

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  • Russel Barnes, Adrian Pennink, David Wilson
  • Rosalind Bentley
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Empire is a major six-part Channel 4 history series, written and presented by Oxford Professor Niall Ferguson, telling the spectacular story of the rise and fall of the British Empire. How did a once insignificant island in the North Atlantic come to rule a quarter of the world's population? And how did it set in place so many of the key institutions of the modern world? From America to Jamaica, India to Australia, Burma to Zambia, Niall Ferguson argues that the world we know today is in large measure the product of Britain's Age of Empire. Yet many of the beneficial effects of the empire
have been forgotten, he says: “the Empire's sins tend to be better remembered than its achievements.”

Reason for Submission:

The series has impressive footage content in spite of the budgetary constraints. Programmes 1 – 4 use stock shots and feature film rushes together with important art work and photographic stills. Programme 5 also includes excellent quality archive footage from the turn of the century, and Programme 6 has some quick-cut sequences using archive footage in a new and innovative way.

Four Corners: About Woomera

Australian Broadcasting Corporation   |   Australia

  • Jo Puccini
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  • Michelle Baddiley & Natasha Marfutenko
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To its backers, the Woomera detention centre played a humane yet crucial role in housing the growing numbers of boat people landing on Australia's shores. To its critics, this heavily guarded cluster of buildings, ringed by red desert and razor wire, represented the dead heart of asylumseeker
policy. Woomera opened for business less than four years ago. Built for 400 people, it soon housed more than 1400. It became notorious for riots, protests and breakouts by desperate detainees. Four Corners reporter Debbie Whitmont graphically exposes how this detention facility traumatised not only detainees, but also ordinary Australians who worked there. About Woomera was first broadcast on ABC TV on Monday 19th May 2003.

Reason for Submission:

The footage in About Woomera was never meant to be seen by the Australian public. The video material was filmed as an archival “record” from inside the Woomera Detention facility by staff when events occurred – like riots and hunger strikes – to document Australasian Correctional Management's ‘duty of care' requirements. We managed to obtain a copy from a source closely associated with Woomera over a long period of time. When first screened, even hardened supporters of the Government system of mandatory detention were shocked. On May 27th 2003, Australian Federal Police agreed to launch a formal investigation into claims of mismanagement at the now defunct detention centre.

Four Corners: Flashpoint Korea

Australian Broadcasting Corporation   |   Australia

  • Quentin McDermott
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  • Michelle Baddiley & Natasha Marfutenko
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North Korea is the last Stalinist state on earth. Its military boasts more than a million men, and 10,000 guns and rocket-launchers that could rain chemical and biological munitions onto South Korea's capital, Seoul. And now, it claims, it has nuclear weapons too, and is processing the plutonium to make more. Through interviews with officials and analysts in the US, China, Korea, Japan and Australia,
including Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and UN weapons inspector Hans Blix, Four Corners asks if the Hermit State has the world's only superpower over a barrel. Reporter Jonathan Holmes assesses the three main options open to America and its allies in dealing with North Korea: bribe it, bomb it, or blockade it.

Reason for Submission:

Facing budget cuts at the ABC for overseas travel at the time and unable to shoot inside North Korea, this programme was almost entirely constructed from archival footage - recent footage on North Korea sourced from elsewhere and the more classical use of archival footage where historical moving images were used to build the context for the current debate. This programme was put together over a five week period.

Four Corners: Operation Persuasion

Australian Broadcasting Corporation   |   Australia

  • Quentin McDermott, Peter Cronau
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  • Michelle Baddiley & Natasha Marfutenko
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How much should you believe the media coverage of the Iraq war? Are journalists telling it like it is? How constrained are they by the protagonists - the Iraqi regime and the American-led coalition in what they report? Behind the slick live crosses and distant images of destruction is another aspect of war that the public rarely gets told about: the tussle between journalists who mostly want to tell the full story and those who would stop them. Four Corners looks at the propaganda war: how US, British and Australian military forces and the Iraqis employ sophisticated spin to control the flow of information and images.

Reason for Submission:

Broadcast images become "archival" as soon as they go to air. Operation Persuasion was made in the six days after the beginning of the Gulf War. This programme was a challenge to make because of the sheer volume of material that needed to be viewed and sourced from the different agencies. Natasha Marfutenko and Michelle Baddiley were given "Archival Producer" credits in recognition of this effort. It was first broadcast on ABC TV on Monday 24th March 2003. It is included to showcase an example of contemporary use of archival vision.

George Orwell - A Life In Pictures

Wall to Wall   |   UK

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  • Chris Durlacher
  • Debbie Townsend
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The life of George Orwell.

Reason for Submission:

Amazing, if controversial use of real archive footage mixed with actors playing the parts. Very brave concept to meet the challenge of showing George Orwell when no archive footage of him was at that time known to exist.

Ils Ont Filmé La Guerre En Couleur: La Liberation

Telfrance   |   Belgium

  • M. Sanial & J.F. Boyer
  • Rene-Jean Bouyer
  • Christina Varady
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A portrait of France from 1939 to 1945. The German occupation and liberation of the country. A story told through colour footage filmed by civilians and military cameramen.

Reason for Submission:

94 minutes of partly unknown colour footage from French and German 'amateurs' and also footage from the Signal Corps after D-Day.

Kuxa Kanema

Filmes do Tejo   |   Portugal

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  • Margarida Cardoso
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The first cultural act of the Mozambique Government right after the independency, in 1975, was creating the National Institute of Cinema (NIC). The new President, Samora Machel, had a strong conscience of the power of Image which he used to help build a new socialist nation. All over the country, mobile cinema units would show the most popular NIC production: the newsreel Kuxa Kanema. Kuxa Kanema means The Birth of Cinema and its goal was: filming the people's image and delivering it back to the people. Following political change and a fire in 1991, all that remains of the NIC are abandoned rooms and a few staff patiently waiting for retirement. Meanwhile the forgotten images that witnessed the first eleven years of independency and socialist revolution now lie rotting in an out-building.

Reason for Submission:

A moving documentary using moving images from newsreels and the words of those that filmed them, to show how a nation's dream for a better Mozambique and "one cinema for the people" falls apart.

Le Dernier Safari (The Last Safari )

La Compagnie des Indes (France), Ideacom International (Canada)   |   France / Canada

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  • Michel Viotte
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The history of the encounters between men and animals in the wildest Africa, from Roosevelt 1909's Safari to today's hottest conservation issues.

Reason for Submission:

Shows the breadth of library footage from stock footage, to programme and feature film clips and how it can be used to illustrate and enhance a programme, helping to make it more enjoyable to a wider audience.

Les Naufrages du Mont Blanc (Mont Blanc's Shipwreck)

Fr3/Mulitmedia France Productions   |   France

  • MFP Celine Rafstein
  • Denis Ducroz
  • Anne Gaussens
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The documentary Les Naufrages du Mont Blanc by Denis Ducroz, guide at Chamonix, tells of an event in the winter of 1956 when two young French climbers were lost on the slopes of Mont Blanc. The best climbers from Chamonix could not rescue them. After that, all rescue systems in France were changed.

Reason for Submission:

Exhaustive research was undertaken for this drama, not only through official sources (like the news, films, national and regional press, pictures and living witnesses) but also at the location itself. Thanks to these archives, parts of this rescue have been fictionally re-created in the film. The producer, who is a guide in Chamonix, has been in contact with the individual archives and the testimonies of people from the "vallee". This classic film deserves extra merit as the producer explored every resource he had access to, in order to give a detailed portrayal of the fact. Indeed this event has had a real impact on the techniques of mountain rescuers.

Natural World

BBC Natural History Unit   |   UK

  • Michael Bright
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The story of the battle between great white sharks and seals off the wild shores of California. White Shark Red Triangle appeared in the Sunday evening's Natural World series. Its challenge was to present the latest scientific revelations about white shark behaviour, especially new migration discoveries based on satellite tagging research off the coast of California, using footage from the BBC Natural History Unit's extensive film and VT archive.

Reason for Submission:

About 95% of the documentary was archive based but enhanced with specially shot great white shark material and specially created graphics. It shows how wildlife stock footage and out-takes can be used effectively to produce whole new documentaries.

Peter Jennings Reporting

PJ Productions   |   USA

  • Tom G. Yellin, Richard E. Robbins, Helen Hood Scheer
  • Richard E. Robbins
  • Helen Hood Scheer, Talleah Bridges, Susan Hormuth
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Produced for the 40th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, Peter Jennings Reporting - I Have a Dream tells the story of what many consider the most important American speech of the 20th Century. Delivered at the high point of the second American Revolution – the struggle for civil rights – Martin Luther King's words are now imbedded in the national conscience. Yet the story behind the speech and the events of that remarkable summer have long been overlooked. Before a crowd of 250,000 at the Lincoln Memorial, with millions more watching on television, King spoke to a national audience for the first time. Invoking the Declaration, the Constitution, and the Emancipation Proclamation, King offered a powerful vision of racial equality and harmony – his dream “deeply rooted in the American dream.” Using the speech as the programme's backbone, the show looks at the evolution of Dr. King's rhetoric, oratory style, and vision for the country. It also tells the dramatic story of the summer of 1963 from King's confrontation with the arch segregationist Bull Connor in Birmingham, Alabama, to the Kennedy administration's decision to join the Civil Rights movement in earnest. Interwoven with footage of King's extraordinary performance is the story of the march itself, and the dramatic events of 1963, events which forever changed America. It is the story of how one man and one movement challenged the meaning of racial equality and the true meaning of democracy, creating a new vision for the country and perhaps the world.

Reason for Submission:

Rarely have archive images truly captured the turmoil and courage of the Civil Rights movement like Peter Jennings Reporting – I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Summer of ‘63 . Counterpointing poignant first-hand accounts with powerful archival footage, this documentary puts the viewer right in the middle of it all; the violence against African Americans, the segregationist movement, student riots and Martin Luther King's memorable speeches. Emotional first-hand narratives from King's former colleagues, admirers and other historical figures reveal the truths behind the myths, and the bravery behind these beliefs. Still frames pulled from archival imagery of King himself are artfully used as design elements with motion type treatments punctuating segment transitions. These immersive, memorable sequences combined with the perspective of those who were actually there, make this documentary an unforgettable experience, at once both disturbing and inspirational.

Secret Army: Eps 2

Peter Williams Television   |   UK

  • Peter Williams
  • Peter Williams
  • Steve Bergson
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This, the second in a series of eight programmes on Britain's secret underground resistance units, concentrates on the plans for the desperate defence of the UK in 1940 as Europe falls to the Nazi advance. This series is the first occasion on which a comprehensive picture of the work of Churchill's ‘Auxiliary Units' has been made. The interviews and programmes are now lodged at the Imperial War Museum.

Reason for Submission:

The archive footage performs three important roles. It evokes:

1. the atmosphere both of the fall of France and, through J.B. Priestley's distinctive style, the British attitude to it;

2. the secret underground bunkers and, with aunique interview, the job of fighting from them;

3. the detail of the plan to fight on in Scotland if England were invaded, through exclusive home movie footage.

Secret Army: Eps 3

Peter Williams Television   |   UK

  • Peter Williams
  • Peter Williams
  • Steve Bergson
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This, the third in a series of programmes on Britain's secret underground resistance units, concentrates on the plans for the desperate defence of the UK, in 1940. This series is the first occasion on which a comprehensive picture of the work of Churchill's 'Auxiliary Units' has been made. The interviews and programmes are now lodged at the Imperial War Museum.

Reason for Submission:

The archive footage a) evokes the spirit and atmosphere of a time when Britain stood alone b) has a revelatory feel as it reveals, with supporting interviews, the plans to burn an invading force as they crossed the Channel and c) shows a breadth of vision in going back only 20 years to find interviews and sequences shot as the story of this top-secret organisation first began to emerge.

Speed Machines

Flashback Television   |   UK

  • Taylor Downing
  • Ian Bremner
  • Jacqui Edwards
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An 8-part series reliving the attempts to break speed records on land, sea and in the air and the competitions that grew between people and companies.

Reason for Submission:

The series used archive film to create vividly the age of speed and the developments that occurred. It also used footage to tell individual stories that encapsulated the passion and competition that was part of the drive for speed. This big picture and specific stories gave the programme an accessible, historical context and a point of access and identification to the subject which appeals to new and younger audiences.

Stan Tracey: Jazz Suite Inspired by Under Milk Wood

BBC Wales   |   UK

  • Paul Isiwyn Thomas
  • Chris Rushton
  • Dafydd O'Connor
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The jazz maestro Stan Tracey wrote a suite of music interpreting Dylan Thomas' masterpiece Under Milk Wood . In this performance recorded at the Brecon Jazz Festival, we hear Stan Tracey perform the work, and we see the story told visually by wonderful library footage from the 60s and 70s.

Reason for Submission:

An extremely creative use of archive footage bringing the story of Under Milk Wood alive in a remarkable way. The programme also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the writer's death in 2003.

Stan Tracey:The Godfather of British Jazz

Smoking Dogs Films   |   UK

  • Lina Gopaul & David Lawson
  • John Akom Frah
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Stan Tracey: The Godfather of British Jazz is a 70 minute documentary celebrating the life, work and career of the pianist Stan Tracey, widely regarded as Britain's greatest living jazz musician. The programme follows a 60 year career epitomised by the Under Milk Wood Suite, the Tracey masterpiece that single handedly defined British jazz on the international scene.

Reason for Submission:

Smoking Dogs Films have consistently used library archive footage to illustrate the stories of important cultural and historical moments. Stan Tracey's life covers the entire breadth of the British jazz movement and also British social life. This story could not have been told with integrity without the use of library footage.

Taste for Success: Cadbury

A Carlton Production for the Central Region   |   UK

  • Susan Hodson
  • Louise Tugwell
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This 8 part documentary series from Carlton's Central Region looks at food/drink icons which originated in and are manufactured in the Midlands – Birds Custard; Marmite; Banks' Bitter; Cadbury's Chocolate; HP Sauce; Worcester Sauce; Walkers Crisps; and Malvern Water. Each programme concentrates on one particular product and follows its manufacture and marketing from its origins up to the present day.

Reason for Submission:

Interspersed with the specially shot footage is archive footage, not often seen, showing manufacturing processes from previous decades and the workers at work and play, as well as old advertisements for the products.

The 50s & 60s in Living Colour

Testimony Films   |   UK

  • Steve Humphries
  • Steve Humphries
  • Neil Maddocks
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A fresh and entertaining look at the 1950s and 60s social revolution. The three part series uncovers spectacular and long forgotten colour archive from all over Britain. The footage is interwoven with memorable stories of everyday life, told by an extraordinary cast of characters.

Reason for Submission:

The series vividly brings to life a ground-breaking era that until now has usually been seen in black and white. Colour film was still thought of as an exciting novelty often described as 'living colour'. It draws on an array of beautifully shot documentaries, home movies, newsreels, advertisements and feature films most in glorious Technicolor. The aim is popular entertainment but also informative modern social history.

The Coronation

BBC Parliament   |   UK

  • Rupert Farmer
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  • Rupert Farmer
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BBC Parliament broadcast the complete, original Outside Broadcast 50 years to the day from the Coronation, 2 June 1953. This programme followed the original minute by minute through the day. It was introduced by Des Fahy who links to Sylvia Peters at the start of the 1953 broadcast.

Reason for Submission:

The innovation behind this programme is the decision to devote a channel to a single event, from the archive, across a day's broadcasting. The programme shows the BBC exploring a new role for this digital channel, and working in a way which is complementary to its terrestrial networks. The programme brought together royal, social and broadcasting history and was enthusiastically received. It was selected by The Times as its digital “pick of the day”.

The Fall of Milosevic

Brook Lapping   |   UK

  • Norma Percy
  • Dai Richards
  • Declan Smith
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A three-part series which documents the decline and fall of the former president of Yugoslavia, Slobodan Milosevic. Part 1 focuses on 1996-1999, including interviews with Tony Blair and Jacques Chirac. Part 2 focuses on the NATO bombing campaign of 1999, including interviews with Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and Jacques Chirac. Part 3 focuses on the events of the Dayton Peace Conference to Milosevic's arrest and trial at the United Nations court in The Hague.

Reason for Submission:

This powerful and meticulously sourced documentary series depicts the decline and fall of Milosevic in an innovative way. This is achieved by entwining evidence from different people involved in the conflict through the use of a huge amount of archive material. Images seen in the news at the time and also never before seen footage are mixed with amazing footage of all the key players talking about how they came to their decisions, with emphasis on the stories of ordinary individuals at the centre of the big events. The research for this series has been extremely thorough and meticulous – the result is impressive.

The First World War

Wark Clements   |   UK

  • Jonathan Lewis, Corinna Sturmer
  • Corinna Sturmer
  • Alison McAllan, Stuart McKay,
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Ten-part archive based historical documentary series about the First World War looking at the conflict from a global perspective.

Reason for Submission:

The considered use of archive footage researched from numerous sources worldwide, skillfully combined with personal testimonies to tell the full story of the First World War.

The Last Round: Chuvalo vs Ali

National Film Board of Canada   |   Canada

  • Silva Basmajian
  • Joseph Blasioli
  • Elizabeth Klinck
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The Last Round looks back at an extraordinary event in Canadian sport - the day a little known boxer from an immigrant family in working class Toronto took on the greatest fighter in history, Muhammad Ali. The Battle of Toronto in March 1966 became a turning point in the lives of both men. With Ali at the peak of his career, no one expected the match to last more than a round or two, but Chuvalo gave the fight of his life. Combining fast paced archival images, much of it rare and never-before-seen footage, and interviews with key players, including Chuvalo, the film documents two exceptional athletes at different personal crossroads, set against the cultural and political backdrop of the 1960s.

Reason for Submission:

The National Film Board of Canada is incredibly proud of this film both for its artistic achievement and for its important contribution to Canadian film. It is getting increasingly rare to see a feature length documentary that comprises over 60% archival footage – thanks to the efforts of a top-notch researcher, Elizabeth Klinck, a wonderful editor, Craig Bateman and the brilliant vision of director Joseph Blasioli who's thoughtful and wise use of materials is so creatively used. The Last Round is being submitted for the wonderful use of archival footage that ultimately weaved into a beautifully crafted portrait of two men, a city, an era. This work represents many weeks of painstaking research by Elizabeth Klinck tracking down rare and never-before-seen footage of Muhammad Ali. She was also involved in the editorial research, finding the interviewees, the music clearances and was Chief Researcher of all of the visual research, working closely with the director, writer and editor throughout the production.

The True Face of War

Lion Television   |   UK

  • Cassian Harrison, Zoe Hassid
  • David Upshal
  • Richard Wild & Sundos Al Qais
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The film won a special Jury prize at Hot Docs Film Festival in May 2003. It had a limited theatrical release and will air on CBC in spring 2004.

Reason for Submission:

The True Face of War combines unseen footage from Arab news services and previously unbroadcast images from American and European news sources with footage shot by freelancers and amateurs. Using personal testimony from key figures and eye-witnesses to the main events, the programme asks provocative and searching questions about the portrayal of war, and reveals a damning story of contempt for press freedoms and civilian life by coalition forces.

Time Shift

BBC D&CF Bristol   |   UK

  • Tom Ware
  • Julia Foot
  • Daphne Mather
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Documentary tells the story of the formation and development of Greenham Common Women's Peace over 20 years from 1982 onwards.

Reason for Submission:

Use of BBC, ITV and documentary archive, combined with home movies, stills and contemporary interviews with all the key participants.

Tintin et Moi

Angel Productions   |   Denmark

  • Poul Erik Lindeborg, Mogens Glad & Peter Bech
  • Anders Ostergaard
  • Fredrik de Beul
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Why do the Adventures of Tintin continue to fascinate its readers even when they have become adults? Hergé, the Belgian creator of Tintin, tried himself to answer this question when he gave a unique interview that has never before been published in its full length. Hergé explains how the Adventures of Tintin became deeply connected to tensions and conflicts during the 20th century and to his own life too. This documentary film is an autobiographical journey through the life and brilliant work of Hergé - in his own voice and on the original tape.

Reason for Submission:

The documentary portrays in a very creative, visually beautiful and emotional way, the life of Hergé and the influence of his life and the era he lived in on the Adventures of Tintin. The innovative use of archive footage and 3D visuals from Tintin intertwined with clips from a never before - published interview of Hergé over an animated face of Hergé make it a fascinating, lively, entertaining and emotional film.

Travel Channel's Secrets: Arlington National Cemetery: America's Hallowed Ground with Senator John McCain

LMNO Cable Group   |   USA

  • Lisa Bourgoujian
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  • LMNO Research Staff
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Arlington National Cemetery is one of the most visited sites in the United States' capitol. Millions of people are drawn there each year, some to pay homage to the nation's heroes, others to take in a bit of the past and a few to see where they will finally rest for eternity. With host Senator John McGain, Arlington National Cemetery: America's Hallowed Ground takes viewers on a detailed tour inside one of the world's most famous cemeteries, tells stories about some of its well-known occupants and explores its elaborate and renowned history.

Reason for Submission:

LMNO's production team found this programme particularly inspiring to put together. The use of archived materials allowed for a comprehensive look at one of the world's most famous cemeteries. Using images of famous and not so famous people buried at Arlington, as well as monumental footage of events that have taken place throughout history provided an in depth look that most people have never seen or experienced.

West Eye View: Trumping the Race Card

A Carlton Production forthe West of England   |   UK

  • Margaret Vrublevskis, Ray Tostevin
  • Margaret Vrublevskis, Ray Tostevin
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This programme from Carlton's HTV West Region examines attitudes to race in the region, 40 years after the ground-breaking boycott of Bristol's buses over the refusal by the bus company to employ black people. As a result of the boycott, orchestrated by civil rights campaigner Paul Stephenson and former Bristol South-East MP Tony Benn, the Bristol omnibus company backed-down and started recruiting black staff.

Reason for Submission:

The film contains a lot of B/W archive footage, as well as new interviews with important players from the time, some of them featured in the archive material.

Wildlife On One

BBC NHU   |   UK

  • Phil Chapman, Mark Fletcher
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The Amazon rainforest is a place of dark secrets. Just the scene for a murder investigation: but here the victim is a sloth, and the suspects are mysterious and deadly animals. David Attenborough sets out to solve the imaginary case and on the way introduces us to intriguing animals and fascinating behaviour. A gripping story with a twist.

Reason for Submission:

Amazon Assassin, a wildlife whodunit, is one of two half hours, where forensic science meets animal behaviour. They both use mainly library footage totell an imaginary investigation of an animal death. It is an entertaining way of looking at an animal's vulnerabilities and likely predators. Detailed biology is presented as 'clues', inviting the audience to remember and analyse complicate science, as well as enjoy a good story.

Winston's War

The Circus   |   UK

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  • Marcus Kiggell
  • Rosalind Bentley
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This 2-part documentary recounts Churchill's battles with his own military commanders, revealing a paradox at the heart of the Second World War - how Churchill was at his best facing defeat: but how, as victory came within reach, he became increasingly marginalised and weak – his and the army's worst enemy. Presented by Max Hastings, Winston's War uses extensive first hand accounts from recently published diaries and papers – particularly those of Field Marshal Alan Brooke - to recreate the extraordinary wartime story of Churchill and his generals.

Reason for Submission:

This is a good example of the Blakeway product. It not only includes some of the best-loved footage of Churchill, but has less well known material which brings you closer to him. Also included is fascinating colour home movie of General Alan Brooke, previously unseen, from the BFI collection.

World War I in Colour

Nugus Martin Productions and 3BM   |   UK

  • Annalisa D'Innella
  • Simon Berthon
  • William Cursham
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A documentary series expertly narrated by Kenneth Branagh, in which the latest digital technology is employed to give a definitive history of World War I, the bloodiest conflict the world has ever witnessed, and to bring the story to life for a modern generation.

Reason for Submission:

In an international collaboration, a specialised team of technicians in India spent more than six months transforming over 300,000 frames of black and white archive footage. For the colourisation process, original posters and museum exhibits were used to ensure that colours were exact. The result was an innovative restoration of archive material. The Financial Times described it as ‘a kind of faded, ivory-like colourisation which perfectly matched the age and quality of the film'. The often moving interviews with some of the very few surviving soldiers made it one of the last records of the war of its kind.

Yo No Se Que Me Han Hechos Tus Ojos (I Don't Know What Your Eyes Have Done to Me)

Cine-Ojo Films & Video   |   Argentina

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  • Lorena Munoz & Sergio Wolf
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A documentary about the enigmatic life of the singer Ada Falcon, one of the greatest legends in the history of Tango. Ada Falcon, prematurely retired in 1942 to become a Franciscan nun and vowed not to sing, give interviews nor have photographs taken ever again. Now, for the first time, she lets herself be seen after 60 years to tell her story. The film reconstructs the story of the Tango star through footage of Argentinian films from the 30s, including one she had a role in, the argument of which resembles very much the real life singer.

Reason for Submission:

Archive footage, stills and audio of 1930s Argentina are a vital element to this documentary to evoke the excitement of a bygone era. The reactions of the elderly Ada Falcon at being reacquainted with these images is heartening.


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