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The FOCAL International Awards 2008


  • AWARD:

  • Fremantle Media

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British Film Forever

BBC Entertainment   |   UK

  • Garry Hughes
  • Angus Cameron
  • Caroline Julyan, Cy Young, Ben Cooke
  • Granada International, Canal + UK, BBC, British Pathe, British Movietone

The "British Film Forever" is the definitive look at the history of the British film industry in terms of the most popular genres. The series covered the best Thrillers, Social Realist, and Comedy, Costume Drama, Horror & Fantasy, War and Romantic films The series takes each genre from its earliest beginnings to the present day, and seeks to explore and celebrate the unique legacy of the British film industry to date. The footage draws on a diverse range of archive sources to illustrate the extensive interviews and unique stories that make up the history of the British film industry.

Reason for Submission:

Magic, Murder and Monsters examines the story of British Horror & Fantasy films through the years . From one of its earliest exponents, Todd Slaughter, to the most recent successes of independent films such as “The Descent” Along the way we examine the legacy of Hammer and Amicus films and some of the unsung soldiers of the genre such as Peter Walker. We also explore some of the unique contributions made by foreign film directors such as John Landis and Terry Gilliam. Footage is drawn from a vast array of both commercial and private collections to illustrate this very British story.

Elton John: Me Myself and I

Monkey   |   UK

  • Andy Scott
  • James Strong
  • Kathy Manners
  • 21st Artists, AP Archive, BBC Motion Gallery, ITN Source, Library Media Solutions Ltd

90 minute autobiographical ride through the life of one of Rock's greatest icons. Using cutting edge CGI Elton is kidnapped from his show in LasVegas and flown by rocket back through his own life. He re-visits his greatest moments – from his legendary first concert at the Troubadour in LA, his biggest concert at Dodgers stadium, to the FACup final with Watford - blending in archive from seminal moments in his epic life. Exclusive access to Elton, and an unprecedented rummage through rare archive material, the viewer experiences a unique level of intimacy as Elton gives a private insight into his past.

Reason for Submission:

ITV commissioned this idea because they recognised it could reinvent the biographical documentary. They wanted us to concentrate on creating a brand new form of execution incorporating archive footage, innovative use of CGI, green-screen and AfterEffects techniques in order to bring to life the memories of one of the world's greatest living musical icons. ITV were keen to attract not only Elton John fans but also a wide mainstream audience, which they felt the programme easily achieved. The 90 minute documentary peaked at 3.5m / 19% share, and averaged 3.2m/18% right through to the end of its transmission at 2310.

Memoris of a Cigarette

Pett Television Ltd   |   UK

  • Lisa Clark
  • Andy Baybutt
  • Sue Tiplady
  • BBC Motion Gallery, Moving Picture Archive, ITN Source, MacDonald & Associates, Moving Image Communications

A tongue in cheek "homage" to the perilous but for some highly pleasurable, pursuit of smoking. Featuring A list celebrity interviews and provocative archive footage, "Memoirs of A Cigarette" charts our society's love / hate relationship with the evil weed on the eve of the UK ban on smoking.

Reason for submission:

Memoirs of a Cigarette used a unique range of both provocative and highly entertaining footage, spanning over 40 years of film and television archive, to ensure the programme would resonate with a wide audience. From WW1 footage, to rare advertising campaigns and government health warnings, to cult television programmes and legendary movies, this programme led us through the incredible highs and ultimate lows of the cigarette in society. Much of the footage was sourced from small independent libraries and private collections and was cleverly used to punctuate opinions of the many high profile celebrities featured. Exhaustive searches to find the best comedy moments featuring smoking through the decades ensured the programme kept an entertaining pace throughout.

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