Documentaries

The Trouble with Pirates

piratesThe Trouble with Pirates reveals how Somali Pirates came to threaten world trade in the Indian Ocean.

Following a Somali exile, a hostage, a negotiator and the navy, it tells the story of the explosion of Somali piracy from within the coastal towns of war-torn Somalia, the boardrooms of the City of London, the operation hubs on board warships in the Gulf of Aden and the heartbreak of a hostage situation gone wrong.

A Films of Record Production for BBC Storyville, SVT and ZDF-ARTE.

Sunday Times: “Excellent”; Financial Times: “Gripping”; The Telegraph: “Impressive”.

Amnesty! When They Are All Free

amnesty This multi-layered documentary mixes contemporary events and Amnesty's history to reveal how a 'letter-writing organisation' developed into one of the world's most influential NGOs, with three million members.

Made with unprecedented access, it follows Secretary General Salil Shetty as he battles with the problems of political prisoners in China and homophobia in Uganda. It also journeys with Amnesty's researchers into the devastation of Haiti and the days before the Egyptian revolution.

Set against these present day struggles are Amnesty’s successes and failures over the last 50 years, the mistakes they have made and the lessons learned.

The documentary poses the fundamental question: has the human rights movement been able to hold back mankind's capacity for atrocity?

A Films of Record Production for BBC Storyville, VARA and WDR. This landmark documentary was co-produced by over a dozen international broadcasters.

“Fascinating… This is an excellent documentary.” The Observer “Pick of the week.” Time Out "This is an important and fascinating film." The Times

Blog Wars

blog_warsThis documentary examines how blogging reshaped American politics. It follows the infamous Connecticut senate race, when Ned Lamont's primary challenge to incumbent Joe Lieberman was picked up by bloggers and turned into a referendum on the Iraq War.

With a cast of top bloggers from both sides of the political divide, it offers a prescient, often humorous, insight into the power of online activism.

A Brook Lapping Production for BBC Storyville and Sundance Channel.

"This thoughtful, riveting documentary explores the exponentially increasing power of America's political bloggers." The Guardian.