This week is officially the UK’s Mental Health Awareness Week (8th – 14th May) – an annual event hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. To mark this important occasion, our films on children’s mental health – ‘When I Worry About Things’, have been released. This years theme is ‘surviving to thriving’ – looking at how normalised anxiety, stress and depression have become within society, as many face daily battles to keep their lives on track.
Our series ‘When I Worry About Things’ explores the experiences of six children who suffer from mental ill health. Each of these five films tells the unique story of what its like to live with a mental health problem and how this can impact a young person’s life. The films provide a way to begin to understand some of the challenges that living with mental health presents with, … Read More »
Set within the stark Icelandic landscape, Out of Thin Air examines the 1976 police investigation into the disappearance of two men in the early 1970s. Iceland in the 1970s was a idyll; a farming community, pretty much cut off from the much of the rest of the world. Crime was rare, murder rarer still. Then two men disappear under suspicious circumstances and foul play is suspected. The country demands a resolution. Police launch the biggest criminal investigation Iceland has ever seen. Finally, six people confess to two violent murders and are sent to prison. It seems the nightmare is over. But in many ways the nightmare has just begun….
For more information, click here.
Press Kit coming soon.
Director: Dylan Howitt
Producer: Andy Glynne
Co-Producer: Margrét Jónasdottir
Film Editor: Miikka Leskinen
Director of Photography: Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson
Music: Ólafur Arnalds
Assistant Producer:Ant Adeane
Line Producer: Clare Lucas
Mosaic Films & Sagafilms Production for BBC Storyville, Netflix and RUV
20th November 2016: Mosaic Films is delighted to announce that I Can’t Go To School Today won a BAFTA Children’s Award at last night’s ceremony.
I Can’t Go To School Today is a series of short animated documentaries portraying the experiences of young people living with illness, told by the children themselves.
The series won in the Primary Learning category. We would like to thank all the children who shared their stories with us and made these films possible.
Watch the series on BBC Bitesize.
Produced by Andy Glynne and Molly Bond
Directed by Andy Glynne, Nandita Jain and Salvador Maldonado
After fifteen incredible years the DFG is coming to an end. Don’t despair though! We’re merging with the European Documentary Network (EDN).
DFG started in 2001 as a small collective of documentary filmmakers in London who wanted to share ideas, watch documentaries together, and feel a sense of community in the (then) quite isolated world of independent documentary film. Back then there were very few documentaries in the cinema, no training opportunities outside film school, no online community and very little access to the “industry” – both in theUK and elsewhere – for most independent filmmakers.
We changed that. We started regular events – at first above a pub (the Crown and Two Chairman in Soho),then to Golden Square, then to London Film School and finally to The Other Cinema. These events became almost weekly, attended by audiences in their hundreds! And as their … Read More »
11 March 2016: Mosaic Films is delighted to announce that Animated Minds: Stories of PND won Best Commissioned Documentary at the British Animation Awards last night.
Animated Minds: Stories of Postnatal Depression is a series of 5 films highlighting personal stories of perinatal mental health issues. Animation is combined with personal testimony to give honesty and power to the narratives of 5 parents who have endured the trauma, fear and anxiety of mental distress before ultimately finding a way through.
This series was commissioned by Wellcome Trust and the Maudsley Charity and won in the Commissioned Documentary category.
The films are available to watch here.
Tickets are now on sale for the UK premiere of Deswarte’s Saints, a Mosaic Films and Storyhouse co-production. It takes place at Open City Documentary Festival on Saturday 25th June Regents Street Cinema.
Buy tickets here.
Find out more about SAINTS here.
Mosaic Films is delighted to announce that I Can’t Go To School Today (BBC Learning, 2016) has been nominated for the BAFTA Children’s Awards in the category Learning – Primary. The ceremony will be held at the Roundhouse, London, on Sunday 20 November.
I Can’t Go To School Today is a series of animated documentaries for BBC exploring the experiences of children living with different illnesses and conditions. Using the testimonies of six young people, we worked with animators to tell their story visually. Mosaic Films have a unique reputation for innovating the use of animation and documentary together.
The series is available on BBC Bitesize.
Directed and Produced by: Andy Glynne
Animation Directors: Nandita Jain & Salvador Maldonado
Mosaic director Laurie Harris spoke to animator Xin Li about his paint on glass animation style following their collaboration on The Big Push.
The Big Push was produced in collaboration with the Poetry Society and the Fleming Collection. The film is an evocative paint on glass animation in response to the Herbert James Gunn painting – ‘The Eve of the Battle of the Somme’. The animation also visualises renowned Scottish poet John Glenday’s verse interpretation of the painting – ‘The Big Push’. The film will be displayed at the Fleming Collection Gallery in London, film festivals and across the Internet.
Laurie Harris: How old were you when you first started to think about animation as a potential career? Why did you think about going into animation?
Xin Li: Back in 2007 I graduated from my Bachelor’s degree for oil paintings and fine art … Read More »
Jamaica has one of the highest rates of child sex abuse in the world. In 2013 alone, over 2,000 cases of abuse against minors were recorded by the authorities, but experts say many more go unreported. Cultural acceptance of underage sex as the norm and a deep mistrust of the police appear to be inhibiting victims and their parents from coming forward.
We followed Jamaican activist Julie Mansfield, herself molested by her uncle as a child, as she traveled across the country to try and raise awareness and demand better protection for the nation’s children.
Executive Producer: Andy Glynne
Director: Lucy Chapman
Watch Jamaica’s Silent Children.
Animated Minds: Stories of Postnatal Depression is a series of 5 films highlighting personal stories of perinatal mental health issues. Animation is combined with personal testimony to give honesty and power to the narratives of 5 parents who have endured the trauma, fear and anxiety of mental distress before ultimately finding a way through. This series was produced by Mosaic Films for Wellcome Trust and the Maudsley Charity.
‘Mike’s story’ explores the challenge of watching your partner transform into a different person, overcome with anxiety and insomnia. How do you support your wife, hold down a job and look after your newborn baby as all sense of normality collapses around you?
‘Katie’s story’ explores the life of a young mum trying to overcome a difficult past and build a brighter future for herself and her child as she battles her … Read More »
Mosaic Films worked with The Nuffield Council on Bioethics to produce a short animation which conveys some of the key themes of the Council’s report ‘Children and clinical research: ethical issues’ from the perspective of Mia – a character who goes through some of the questions and issues that might be raised when a young person is invited to take part in clinical research. The script was developed following a workshop with 14 young people aged 10-18 who had previously been in contact with the Council, but were not ‘experts’ in clinical research.
To watch the film click here.
‘Saint-Helena’, one of the most remote islands in the world, is about to lose it’s isolation due to the arrival of an international airport. Investors and the Government want to change the island into a tourist attraction; a contemporary ‘eco’ paradise far away from the busy life of cities. Over the course of three years this 1 x 80’/60′ film follows six islanders, who call themselves Saints, as they’re trying to make sense of the changes that are coming their way. A 23′ version of the film, broadcast on BBC Our World, is available to watch here.
The island, Great Britain’s second oldest remaining colony, was once an important trade post in the discovery of the modern world. Today Saint-Helena lays lost and forgotten in the vast Atlantic ocean. Distanced from the mainland by five sailing days … Read More »
A quick-fire animated series of irreverently narrated documentaries aimed at 8-11 year olds. The films look at four different eras of History – the Ancient Greeks, the Ancient Romans, the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons and also at ‘How to be a Historian’ – exploring the similarities between the roles of historians and detectives.
The films are available on the BBC Learning Zone, click on the title to watch the film:
How can I be a Historian?
Animation at step 2
How did the Romans change Britain?
Animation at step 2
How did the ancient Greeks change the world?
Animation at step 2
What do we know about ancient Greek culture?
Animation at step 2
What was life like in Viking Britain?
Animation in step 5
What did the Anglo-Saxons believe?
Mosaic Films is delighted to announce that Matters of Life and Death (BBC Learning, 2014) has been nominated for the BAFTA Children’s Awards in the category Learning – Secondary. The ceremony will be held at the Roundhouse, London, on Sunday 23 November and will be hosted by Doc Brown.
Matters of Life and Death explores the rights and wrongs of some of life’s biggest questions. Captured as beautiful and engaging short documentary portraits, these powerful and thought-provoking real-life stories present students with personal perspectives on important issues in religion, morality and ethics; based on major themes explored in Key Stage 4 Religious Studies and Ethics lessons.
The film was broadcast on BBC TWO in October 2014 and is available on Class Clips. Find out more in Our Films.
Executive Producer for BBC: Katy Jones
Executive Producer: Andy Glynne
Director: … Read More »
A series of films produced by Mosaic for BBC iWonder, a new interactive Knowledge and Learning guide on bbc.co.uk, is now available to watch online.
The guides are:
Why do Buddhists meditate?
View the guide here.
When is Easter? Well, it depends…
View the guide here.
Prostitution: Is there anything wrong with selling sex?
View the guide here.
Sunnis and Shias: What’s the story?
View the guide here.
For more information on the individual guides, as well as BBC iWonder click here.
What Makes Me Me? And Other Interesting Questions is a humorous and engaging series of short films voiced by Robert Webb, exploring fundamental philosophical concepts through everyday questions that children ask, and adults often struggle to answer.
Using a combination of beautifully animated parables and live-action discussions with children, the series asks questions like, ‘What’s fair?’; ‘Why should I be good?’ and ‘What makes me, me?’. Aimed at children in Key Stage 2 (aged 7 – 11) and adapted from stories from Jason Buckley (The Philosophy Man) and Peter Worley’s The If Machine, these films artfully lead children through practical, philosophical journeys where they are encouraged to think laterally and creatively.
The animated stories explore concepts such as morality, identity, perception and equality, linking them to topics of study in the curriculum and also to themes and subject matter relevant to young people. … Read More »
26th November 2012: Mosaic Films is delighted to announce that Seeking Refuge won a BAFTA Children’s Award at last night’s ceremony.
Seeking Refuge is a series of short animated documentaries portraying the experiences of young refugees living in the UK, told by the children themselves.
The series won in the Primary Learning category. On collecting the award, producer/ director Andy Glynne thanked the children for sharing their stories.
The films are available to view on BBC Learning’s Class Clips.
Find out more in Our Films.
Seeking Refuge is a series of animated documentaries for BBC exploring the experiences of young refugees living in the UK. Using the testimonies of five young people we worked with animators to tell their story visually. Mosaic Films have a unique reputation for innovating the use of animation and documentary together. The films form a key part of Refugee Week in June 2012, and in schools across the UK.
Each of these films tells of the experiences of five young refugees and asylum seekers who are living in the UK. We hear from ten year old Ali from Afghanistan, who fled the country with his grandmother yet leaving behind his parents. Ali describes the pain of separation as well as his experiences adjusting to life in the UK. Ten year old Hamid from Eritrea had to flee his country and describes … Read More »
Mosaic Films’ latest documentary screens this week on Al Jazeera International as part of its People and Power strand.
Peru: Undermining Justice is a film about corporate greed, and the sophisticated ways multinational companies avert justice.
Conflicts between mining companies and local communities have exploded across the world in recent times, as often remote societies are forced to accept mining projects they fear will destroy their environment and livelihoods. This is the story of one such mining company, and a group of local Peruvians who have tried everything to stop their livelihood being destroyed, with disastrous consequences.
The programme screens for one week on Al Jazeera (in the UK on Sky Digital, Channel 514/ Freesat, Channel, 203/ Freeview, Channel 89) at the following times:
Wednesday, May 2: 1930 DC, 0630 KL, 0130 Doha, 2330 GMT
Thursday May 3, 0630 DC, 1730 KL, 1230 Doha, 1030 … Read More »
Mosaic Films has produced two films for the re-hang of the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery’s Norwich School collection. These two short films trace the story of the Norwich School of Artists and their impact on British art, as the first regional art movement in the UK. We will also be exploring the role of the Norfolk landscape in shaping the artists’ work.
The films focus on the life and work of the movement’s major figures John Sell Cotman and John Crome and look in depth at their most famous artworks. The films also explore the ways in which the artists who were part of the School, from Joseph Stannard to James Stark, depict the beautiful Norfolk landscape.
The films will be screened in the recently re-hung Cotman gallery and will also be available online.
For more information see Our Films.
What does Hackney Life mean to you?
Show the world what the real Hackney is like
Deadline extended: Submit by midnight on Friday 30th March 2012
People of Hackney!
What does Hackney mean to you?
What do you want the rest of the world to know about Hackney?
What’s your favourite place or person in Hackney and why?
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing Hackney today?
We want you to record your view of the area and upload it via YouTube for the chance to be part of a film that will be screened in summer 2012.
This film is all about exploring what’s unique about life in Hackney today, and the only people who can really do that is you, the Hackney community.
Film your contribution and upload it to YouTube by midnight on 30th March 2012 for the chance to be included.
Plus: Are you the … Read More »
Help us show the real Hackney in film
Mosaic Films is working with Hackney Museum to create a user-generated short documentary from material uploaded to YouTube by members of the Hackney community.
The film will explore the unique nature of life in Hackney today and the momentous change the borough is experiencing in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
We want you, the Hackney community, to help us create an authentic portrait of life in Hackney by telling us what you want the film to explore. What are the big talking points, the unseen or under-celebrated parts of life in Hackney today?
Your answers to these questions will shape the brief that we will release in January 2012, inviting video submissions from across the borough.
We are holding two open sessions, one for young people (under 21) on Thursday 1st December … Read More »