What we do
Mosaic Films is a well-established documentary production company with a proud history of making award-winning creative documentaries in the UK and throughout the world.
We have produced documentaries for all of the major UK broadcasters and many major international broadcasters, government agencies, NGOs and the corporate sector. We are known for pioneering new techniques in documentary filmmaking, and for producing films that are innovative in subject matter and style.
We pioneered the use of animated documentaries in the UK with the award-winning series Animated Minds (Channel 4 and Teachers TV), aimed at addressing the taboos surrounding mental health. To date, the series has won over 20 Awards, including a Mental Health Media Award, a BAFTA Children’s Award, an RTS Education Award and the City of Basel Prize for Educational Films. Our recent series, Seeking Refuge (BBC Learning; 2012), has also won a BAFTA and has screened at festivals around the world, including LA, IDFA and the Bradford Animation Festival.
Based in London, we work across the UK and internationally with strong links in many regions, including the Middle East and South-East Asia. Recent clients include the British Council, Open University, Wellcome Trust, Tate Media, and The Citizenship Foundation, as well as agencies such as Bates, M&C Saatchi and Drum.
We are a fully integrated production company with a growing digital portfolio, and a multiplatform strategy is central to every project we undertake.
Working with our sister company, the Documentary Filmmakers Group – the UK’s national organisation for documentary – we offer a range of bespoke consultancy and training solutions (for more information see thedfg.org).
Andy Glynne is a double-BAFTA winning director, producer and author. He is currently the Managing Director of Mosaic Films, and is the Founding CEO of the Documentary Filmmakers Group – the UK’s national documentary organisation. He is the former CEO of One World Media, the UK’s charity to support the coverage of the developing world in UK Media.
Andy initially trained as a clinical psychologist, and became involved in documentaries around 15 years ago, when he founded the Documentary Filmmakers Group. He has directed and produced over 50 films for broadcasters both in the UK and overseas, earning many awards, including most recently a BAFTA in 2010, and a further BAFTA November 2012.
He has been instrumental in creating specific strands for new filmmakers for British Television as well as creating projects for new and emerging filmmakers in India, Africa, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, and Poland. He is author of the book Documentaries and How To Make Them – a core resource for all aspiring documentary filmmakers – now in its 2nd Edition, is on the Board of Directors for the European Documentary Network, and acts as a consultant and tutor for organisations both in the UK and around the world.
Colin Luke, the founder of Mosaic Films, is an award-winning producer/director. He has worked in television for over 30 years and has made numerous international and domestic series, single films and one-off specials, working with the BBC, ITV, Channel Four and various American stations.
Colin has lectured on digital production throughout Europe, has served as deputy Vice Chairman of BAFTA and is currently on the board of the Directors and Producers Rights Society. Colin was one of the pioneers of using the first camcorders in television documentaries. He was responsible for the hugely successful and reputed ‘Mosaic Method’ of creative documentary filmmaking in which scores of new and emerging filmmakers would film narratives overseas, guided by Mosaic Films, which Colin then directed in the cutting room.
In recent years Colin has directed seven documentary series using the innovative Mosaic method, including Adult Lives, Return to Wonderland and EUtopia, and produced many other films more conventionally with experienced directors. His series for ITV, The Tube, has won three Royal Television Society awards and the ITV Silver award.
Salvador graduated from the National Film and Television School in 2004 and has since been working as a Animation Director for Mosaic. He has worked on many film projects, producing animation for music video, animated documentaries and short animated films. His films have won various awards including: BAFTA; RTS Award; City of Basel Prize; and the Mental Health Media Award and have been screened across the world at the LA Shorts Film Festival, DOK Leipzig, the Holland Animation Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Ottawa International Animation Festival, and Edinburgh International Film Festival. His previous work includes BAFTA award-winning ‘Animated Minds’ 2010 and BAFTA award-winning “Seeking refuge” 2012 both for Mosaic Films.
British/Norwegian Anita Norfolk has been with Mosaic since January 2014, where she is currently working as Development Producer across a slate of feature documentaries intended for theatrical release, as well as producing shorter factual programming for broadcast, most recently for NHK. Past projects have included working on Mosaic’s output for BBC Learning, and the most recent Matters of Life and Death for the BBC.
Anita has an MSc in Film Studies from the University of Edinburgh, and an MA in documentary Directing (distinction) from Edinburgh College of Art. Prior to joining Mosaic Anita worked across both documentary and fiction, most notably directing and producing a segment for Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis’ feature film Cloud Atlas. She also has considerable experience in animation production, working for Rockstar Games on best-selling titles Grand Theft Auto IV, L.A Noire and Red Dead Redemption.
Laurie Harris works as a Producer at Mosaic Films. He graduated with First Class Honours in History from University of York, and then went on to complete an MA in Documentary Practice at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Since graduating, Laurie has been involved in numerous documentary projects, and in the past few years has worked as a Producer for Mosaic Films. His credits include writer and producer on a BBC animated history series, working as an associate producer on a BBC documentary series on ethical issues for young adults, and has been actively involved in development of Mosaic’s documentaries, most notably its history and specialist factual output. Laurie also has considerable experiencing in community video, having been involved in numerous projects in Africa and Europe.
Molly Bond works as a Producer at Mosaic Films. She graduated from with a First Class Honours in English Literature from University of Glasgow and has since worked on numerous projects including Mosaic’s broadcast output, as well as numerous independent films, charity and corporate projects. Most recently she’s helped produce Tales From Around The World for BBC Learning and St Helena An End to Isolation for BBC Our World. Molly also works with Mosaic’s sister company, DFG, producing a range of industry events and initiatives.
Italian award winning Producer and Director, Aurelio Laino works as Producer at Mosaic Films. He has a post-graduation diploma in Screenwriting at I.E.D. in Rome and a writer-director diploma at London Film Academy. He produced a number of documentaries and some fiction short films in Italy before moving to the U.K. in 2014. Among them, he produced the fiction short The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars, winner at Tribeca Film Festival in 2013 and shortlisted for the Academy Awards, he produced and directed the short documentary Open Air Conversations, Città di Imola Prize winner as Best Italian mountain film in 2013. He directed the feature length documentary 18 KM, winning the Jury Special Award at the 35th Palermo International Sport Film Festival in 2014.
He produced and/or directed documentaries for European broadcasters such as RAI, ARD, France Televisions, and recently co-produced the Estonian thriller feature ‘Ghost Mountaineer’.
Prior to working in the film industry, Aurelio had a career in theatre, having been involved as Assistant Director in multi-award winning Italian stage productions such as Shakespeare’s The Tempest and a musical adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray and having directed the Italian Premiere of the off-Broadway cult musical The Last Five Years. Aurelio is currently completing his first feature A Dancing Jellyfish.
Mosaic has a wealth of experience making films in some of the most challenging production environments in the world. The Mosaic producers have worked extensively in Russia, the Middle East, India the Far East and in Africa. We have had offices in both Moscow and Jerusalem and have made films in most parts of the world.
Mosaic Films’ particular expertise lies in working with film-makers native to the country in which a particular project is located. Mosaic is proud to have worked with filmmakers from Russia, Pakistan, India, Israel, Palestine, Nigeria, Malaysia, and every country in the original European Union.
Documentaries and short films offer a powerful way of promoting awareness and understanding of a particular issue or subject. Having produced films for organisations as diverse as Siemens, the Wellcome Trust, M & C Saatchi and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Mosaic Films has the experience and expertise to help your company achieve its objectives.
As our list of clients below indicates, Mosaic Films has produced films on a wide range of other subjects, with great success. We have particular expertise in producing films on issues relating to health, mental health, and international affairs. Our team is behind exciting initiatives including the first live open heart surgery ever to be screened in the UK, as well as films spanning the Indian sub-continent and in the UK, exploring the causes of poverty and the impact of new technologies.
Recognising the importance of these films, we work very closely our clients to ensure they meet their objectives. The feedback we have received both from our clients and the films’ audiences is resoundingly positive.
In addition to our broadcast documentaries, Mosaic Films and DFG Films have produced films on behalf of a wide range of organizations, including:
The Immediate Sales Co.
British Asian Trust
Connect for Change
The Citizenship Foundation
Dignity In Dying
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation
The Princes Trust
Youth Business International
Institutions and Corporations:
Central Office of Information
Cow and Gate
Department for International Development
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Government of Norway
Institute of Development Studies
National Blood Service
National Health Service
Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
The Open University
Royal Albert Hall
World Health Organisation
UK’s child refugees tell their unique stories – Society Guardian: The Women’s Blog with Jane Martinson, June 2012
Why Poverty? UK Shorts
C21 Factual Week Focus – 20th August 2010 (Subscriber-only content)
This Week’s Highlights – The Guardian, 25th September 2010
Channel 4 and Teachers TV triumph at RTS Educational Awards – The Guardian, 16th June 2009
Children’s TV Baftas: Full List of Winners – The Guardian, November 2009
Brits Celebrate Banff TV Awards – The Guardian, 15th June 2004
The Guardian Pick of the Day – 17th November 2003
Mosaic Films’ History
Mosaic Films has been making pioneering and critically acclaimed documentaries since 1974. Mosaic Films was originally formed as a documentary production company by Colin Luke in 1974, under the name of Wobbly Pictures. It became Mosaic Pictures in 1989, and in 1991, Mosaic Pictures produced a 10 part adventure series for BBC1 called Classic Adventure, which anticipated the huge potential of camcorders in the hands of professional single filmmakers for observational documentaries. The company went on to produce single documentaries for strands such as BBC Forty Minutes and C4 Cutting Edge. Memorable credits include The Making of Them (BBC Forty Minutes), Will They Ring Tonight and A Change of Heart (a two parter for BBC Forty Minutes), Birth of a Salesman (C4 Cutting Edge) and the award winning Quality Time (BBC Modern Times).
Mosaic Films was established in 1995 when Colin Luke and Adam Alexander decided to use the combined resources of their two companies Mosaic Pictures and Lara Globus International to make Russian Wonderland, a 13 part series for BBC2, which was a great critical success and was nominated for a Grierson award.
As our filmography shows, Mosaic Films went on to produce many further award-winning and critically acclaimed documentaries, including To Courtney With Love (Winner of the RTS best single documentary award), and The Tube Under Attack series.
In May 2007, Mosaic Films embarked on an exciting new venture when it merged with DFG Films. Established in 2003 by Andy Glynne, DFG Films was the sister production company to the Documentary Filmmakers Group, the national organisation for documentary filmmakers (also the largest provider of documentary training in the UK).
DFG Films was one of the first companies to bring animated documentaries to the UK and produced the award-winning series Animated Minds. Committed to giving talented emerging filmmakers the opportunities and support they need to get ahead in documentary filmmaking, DFG Films was responsible for international co-productions including Made in India – a series of documentaries for Channel 4, by eight Indian filmmakers. It also produced a variety of projects for Channel 4, Channel 5, and ITV, amongst others, including the Reel London series.
The company continues to expand and develop. We were one of 12 companies selected for the NESTA/ UK Film Council project Take 12: Digital Innovation In Film, signalling our move into multi platform production, and last year we won another BAFTA for the animated BBC Learning programme Seeking Refuge, which has since gone on to screen at festivals around the world.
As well as pushing boundaries with our digital and animation work, we have made musical documentaries, crowd-sourced films and are now developing a number of features.
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