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When I Worry About Things

Posted on May 10th, by mosaicfilms in Animation, Our Films. No Comments

When I Worry About Things is a series of animated documentaries for the BBC exploring 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, especially from a young person’s perspective. Aimed at children at KS2, the goal is to shine a light on an age group who are increasingly vulnerable to mental health difficulties, and yet often lack the knowledge or resources to know how to seek help and support.

Commissioned by BBC Teach, the films can be seen here.

Executive Producer and Director: Andy Glynne
Producer: Anita Norfolk
Animation Director: Liam O’Connor
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Out of Thin Air

Posted on April 20th, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Our Films. 1 Comment

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….

 

Director: Dylan Howitt
Producer: Andy Glynne
Co-Producer: Margrét Jónasdottir
Film Editor: Miikka Leskinen
Director of Photography: Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson
Music: Ólafur Arnalds
Development Producer: Anita Norfolk
Assistant Producer: Ant Adeane
Line Producer: Clare Lucas
Mosaic Films & Sagafilms Production for BBC Storyville, Netflix and RUV

 

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A-Z of Religion

Posted on March 6th, by mosaicfilms in Animation, Our Films. No Comments

26 x 2-3” films under the banner of A-Z of Religion & Beliefs for KS3 students for BBC Learning.

Did you know that in India cows can walk wherever they want? Or that Kosher rules out crabs?

This series gives a unique look into the history and traditions of religions in all their forms. Fully animated and designed, peppered with photo and illustration cut-outs; the film uses real world representations to not only centre the animation, but to bring a maturity to it that allows its appeal to span a range of ages. Carefully using humour where appropriate and sensitivity where it is needed, the result is a balanced educational piece, providing a brilliant source for the classroom.  

From Atheism to Zoroastrianism – we’ve got this covered!

Executive Producer: Andy Glynne
Producer: Anita Norfolk
Director of Animation: Nandita Jain



GCSE History: Medicine Through Time

Posted on March 6th, by mosaicfilms in Animation, Our Films. No Comments

10 x 3-4’’ films for BBC Learning on GCSE History, Medicine Through Time.

Using cut-outs and motion graphics, this BBC learning series takes students back in time, bringing to life the artefacts that tell our medical history.

The archival primary and secondary sources seamlessly root you in the iconography at the time. Laden with this rich visual language, these films weave you through the murky meanders of the Medieval times, through the centuries, the gruesome horrors and bizarre practices that punctuated medical progress. Doing it all with a healthy dollop of humour. Just what the doctor ordered.

Executive Producer: Andy Glynne
Producer: Sara Archer
Director of Animation: Salvador Maldonado



KS4 Welsh Baccalaureate

Posted on March 6th, by mosaicfilms in Animation, Our Films. No Comments

10 x 2-3″ films on the KS4 Welsh Baccalaureate course, for BBC Bitesize.

This series is an informative, humorous, and visually exciting animation, designed to inspire learners to fulfil their full potential at KS4 Welsh Baccalaureate, and equip them with the relevant skills to do so. The films are produced to be easy to understand, not just by illustrating specific steps but also by setting them in ‘real world’ contexts.

 

Executive Producer: Andy Glynne
Producer: Molly Bond
Director of Animation: Nandita Jain



GCSE Biology

Posted on March 6th, by mosaicfilms in Animation, Our Films. No Comments

12 x 3” films for BBC Learning on GCSE Biology.

These presenter driven, live action films utilise animation and motion graphics to bring to life essential topics in the GCSE syllabus. The benefits of this creative approach, combined with the brilliant talent that is Greg Foot, has ensured these films are informative and engaging; visualising complicated concepts in an easy-to-understand way.

 

Executive Producer: Andy Glynne
Producer: Anita Norfolk
Director of Animation: Salvador Maldonado
Presenter: Greg Foot



BBC Bitesize Explainers

Posted on June 20th, by mosaicfilms in Animation, Our Films, Uncategorized, Web. No Comments

 

BBC Bitesize commissioned Mosaic Films to produce 73 animated short films – a total of 60 minutes – across subjects; English, Maths and Science for Key Stage 1 and 2.

Executive Producer: Andy Glynne
Producer: Anita Norfolk
Animation Director: Natalia Pérez



Your World

Posted on June 10th, by mosaicfilms in Our Films, Web. No Comments

A series of short films for the BBC comparing the lives of children from different cities in the UK to the lives of 7 children in non-European countries, including Papua New Guinea, Japan and Iqaluit CA. Each film gives a fun and revealing insight into the cultural and social differences between both the UK cities and overseas locations through these children’s lives.

Aimed at KS1 children the clips can be used to teach children how our environment influences the way we live, as well as show them that they share the interests and needs of children across the world.

These clips can be watched here.



GCSE English Literature

Posted on June 10th, by mosaicfilms in Animation, Our Films, Web. No Comments

A series of fun, engaging animated summaries of 7 key English Literature text including To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men and A Taste of Honey.  Aimed at GCSE students, the films will act as a refresher of plot, themes and characters.

The visual style allowed us to cover the breadth of tone across the seven texts, from caricatures and darkly comic imagery in Steinbeck’s in Of Mice and Men to the serious and profound message of To Kill a Mockingbird. These fun, lively animations are both incredible useful for students, as well as appealing to literature fans of all ages!

You can watch the films here.

Animation Director: Lilian Fu
Producer: Molly Bond



SAINTS

Posted on June 10th, by mosaicfilms in Our Films. 1 Comment

The tiny island of Saint Helena is so remote and isolated that it was used to imprison the serial escaper Napoleon Bonaparte.

Even today it lies a five-day boat journey from the nearest mainland. But life on this remote British Outpost will soon be changed for good with the arrival of an international airport. As the construction of the airport begins, the Saints, as they are known, wonder how their lives will change as the high-end eco-tourists start to arrive.

An ode to an island that for many years lay forgotten in the South Atlantic Ocean. A cinematic memory journey to a place that feels as familiar as it does outlandish.

Director: Dieater Deswarte
Producer: Maarten Schmidt, Andy Glynne



Tickets on sale for Saints premiere

Posted on June 9th, by mosaicfilms in News, Our Films. No Comments

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.



I Can’t Go To School Today

Posted on June 9th, by mosaicfilms in Animation, Our Films, Uncategorized, Web. No Comments

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.

Each of these films tells of the experiences of a young person whose life is markedly different from their peers, and who have all taken time off school because of their illness. We hear from ten-year-old Summer who has epilepsy, she describes how epilepsy effects her memory, often she can’t remember the joke she wanted to tell her friends. Despite missing school, Summer is ambitious and an avid writer. Naomi has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and is now in remission. Naomi bravely tells us … Read More »



Jamaica’s Silent Children

Posted on September 30th, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Current Affairs, News, Our Films. No Comments

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

Posted on August 12th, by mosaicfilms in Animation, News, Our Films, Web. No Comments

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

‘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

‘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 »



Health Research: Making The Right Decision For Me

Posted on June 16th, by mosaicfilms in Animation, News, Our Films, Web. No Comments

 

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.



St Helena An End To Isolation

Posted on March 22nd, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Current Affairs, News, Our Films, Web. No Comments

‘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 »



Tales From Around The World

Posted on March 10th, by mosaicfilms in Animation, Broadcast, Our Films. No Comments

A series of 6 x 5′ animated films for BBC Learning, based on the most interesting and unusual folktales from around the world. The series includes a story about the origin of the night from Brazil, a story about a Punjabi King who allows himself to be fried and eaten for breakfast each day in return for an unlimited supply of gold and a story from Israel about the importance of personal choice and individuality. Other stories, as part of this series come from Iraq, Pakistan and Nigeria.

The films are aimed at Literacy students at Key Stage 1 and provide an engaging way to inform children about different countries, cultures and storytelling traditions. They also provide a great starting point for discussions and constitute an invaluable and versatile resource for further learning across the curriculum, including … Read More »



BBC Learning: History Animations

Posted on December 3rd, by mosaicfilms in Animation, News, Our Films, Web. No Comments

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?



The Big Push

Posted on December 3rd, by mosaicfilms in Animation, Our Films. No Comments

In collaboration with the Poetry Society and the Fleming Collection, Mosaic Films produced 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 online.



BBC iWonder

Posted on May 30th, by mosaicfilms in Our Films, Web. No Comments

A series of short films for BBC iWonder, a new interactive Knowledge and Learning guide on bbc.co.uk.

BBC iWonder is designed to give people access to content in a new and more interactive way and to deepen understanding and challenge preconceptions. The guides are curated by experts and BBC talent and provide a compelling new source of educational narratives.

Why do Buddhists meditate?

This BBC iWonder guide on Buddhist meditation explores the role of religion in meditation and the benefits of meditation for both religious and non-religious people. The guide will also take you through meditation step by step and explain how the Buddha used meditation to find enlightenment. Presented by Bettany Hughes.

View the guide here.

When is Easter? Well, it depends…

Easter, the oldest Christian festival and the holiest in the Christian Calendar, celebrates the resurrection … Read More »



Matters of Life and Death

Posted on August 14th, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Our Films, Web. No Comments

The film 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.

From whether it is okay to have an abortion – through to thoughts on the death penalty and euthanasia, the film poses stimulating questions such as: , ‘Is assisted suicide murder or is it kind to relieve those that are suffering?’; ‘When does life begin?’; and ‘Is it ever right to start a war?’.

Students are encouraged to think critically and discuss the positions they personally occupy, relating them to their own beliefs and experiences. The film includes representatives of different faiths and religions … Read More »



What Makes Me Me?

Posted on April 23rd, by mosaicfilms in Animation, Broadcast, Our Films, Web. Comments Off on What Makes Me Me?

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 narrated by comedian Robert Webb, these films artfully lead children through practical, philosophical journeys where they are encouraged to think laterally and creatively.

The animations are adapted from stories from Jason Buckley (The Philosophy Man) and Peter Worley’s The If Machine, and 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 … Read More »



Winning Venezuela

Posted on April 22nd, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Current Affairs, Our Films. Comments Off on Winning Venezuela

A film set during the final days before one of the most important presidential elections in Venezuela’s recent history: the re-election of Hugo Chavez.

While some are packing their suitcases others are loading their guns; some saying that they will leave the country if Chávez wins, while others say that a civil war will break out if Capriles wins. For the past 14 years Hugo Chávez has been in power in Venezuela. Spearheading a political vision of socialism and equality he has managed to divide Venezuelan society. His critics protest that he has created a fascist oligarchy petro-state, run by corrupt thugs: seemingly democratic, Chávez’s mission is to create Venezuela in the image of Cuba.

What is undisputable is that Venezuela is in crisis. Systemic violence, 150,000 murders during Chávez’s rule, political and institutional corruption, political intimidation, failing infrastructure, failing health and … Read More »



Seeking Refuge

Posted on April 22nd, by mosaicfilms in Animation, Broadcast, Our Films, Web. Comments Off on Seeking Refuge

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 »



Hackney Life

Posted on April 22nd, by mosaicfilms in Our Films, Web. Comments Off on Hackney Life

Hackney Life is a crowdsourced documentary, made from video contributions from all across the borough as part of Hackney Museum’s Mapping The Change project. The project explored the changes happening to the area in the lead up to the Summer 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Narrated by young Hackney resident Jerelle Okoro, the film explores the varying perceptions of the area and its rich history.

Mosaic Films launched an open call for submissions in early 2012, based on a brief drawn up in consultation with Hackney people. The film premiered at the main exhibition for Mapping The Change at Hackney Museum in May 2012.

Producer/ Director: Kerry McLeod



Undermining Justice

Posted on April 22nd, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Current Affairs, Our Films. Comments Off on Undermining Justice

Peru: Undermining Justice is a film about corporate greed, and the sophisticated ways multinational companies avert justice for Al Jazeera International as part of its People and Power strand.

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 is available to view at aljazeera.com/programmes/peopleandpower

Executive Producer: Andy Glynne
Director: Michael Watts



Norwich School of Artists

Posted on April 22nd, by mosaicfilms in Our Films, Web. Comments Off on Norwich School of Artists

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.



Making Media: An Introduction

Posted on April 22nd, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Our Films, Web. Comments Off on Making Media: An Introduction

Making Media: An Introduction is a series of Six short ‘how to’ films aimed at informing and enabling Media Studies students at Key Stage 4 and beyond to understand the techniques involved in producing various media.

Informative and inspiring, these films go behind the scenes on the creation of a short film, music video, film trailer and website to cover shooting styles, interview techniques, approaches to editing, and concepts of web design.

This programme focuses on the different forms most commonly produced for GCSE Media Studies, but can be enjoyed by media students at all ages and levels.

How To Make A Film
Learn to research, plan and shoot a film including key camera and storytelling techniques.

How To Shoot A Music Video
Creative tips for shooting a professional looking music video with basic equipment.

How To Conduct An Interview
Key skills for interviewing in media production, whether … Read More »



Dekay’s Guide to Estates

Posted on April 22nd, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Our Films. Comments Off on Dekay’s Guide to Estates

In Dekay’s Guide to Estates, a young rapper with a passion for social architecture documents life for the residents of one of London’s inner city council estates via song. A unique musical documentary set within Maiden Lane estate, Camden, as part of Current TV’s Open Season.

As the voice of the estate, Dekay guides us around Maiden Lane, with each song introducing us to a new aspect of daily life for its Camden residents. Her songs weave together a series of vignettes in which each person has their own unique story to tell. The film addresses themes from isolation and neglect to community and regeneration, looking at the real consequences of the estate’s architectural design for the people who live there. This is an authentic glimpse into the culture of life on inner city estates, told through the eyes of the people who know … Read More »



Belief In Dialogue

Posted on April 22nd, by mosaicfilms in Our Films, Web. Comments Off on Belief In Dialogue

A series of six short films as part of the Open University and the British Council project Belief in Dialogue, which seeks to build global awareness and understanding between communities around issues of diversity and culture.

The series engages with issues such as; can religion and science ever be reconciled?; what does community mean in our increasingly transnational world? and what makes a society democratic?

Director: Dylan Howitt
Producer: Kerry McLeod

                        Coffee
Coffee shops are a traditional place to meet, discuss and share ideas throughout the world. Due to the rise in internet cafes offering free wifi, modern coffee shops are welcoming a new generation through their doors. This film connects a group of devoted social media activists in a coffee shop in Britain with their peers in Amman, exploring their thoughts on … Read More »



Famine, War & Corruption

Posted on April 22nd, by mosaicfilms in Our Films, Web. Comments Off on Famine, War & Corruption

Famine, War & Corruption is a series of short films exploring the ways in which the western media can distort significant issues in the global south, produced for the Institute of Development Studies as part of their work in understanding how policy and opinion on international development is shaped. View via IDS.

 7 x 5’, Institute of Development Studies 2011

Director: Anton Califano



Siemens – Leon’s London

Posted on April 22nd, by mosaicfilms in Our Films, Web. Comments Off on Siemens – Leon’s London

Mosaic Films worked with Siemens to create a short film based on the reflections of the driver of one of London’s hybrid buses.

This film follows driver Leon Warner as we journey with him on a hybrid bus. For Leon, driving a bus through London is more than just carrying passengers from A to B: it’s rediscovering city and people, every day. This short film invites you to see London through the unique perspective of a bus-driver, and see London how he sees it.

To watch the film, visit the Siemens Global Website

Director: Anton Califano



Why Poverty: UK Shorts

Posted on April 22nd, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Our Films, Web. Comments Off on Why Poverty: UK Shorts

Why Poverty? UK Shorts is an eclectic series of short documentaries taking a fresh look at poverty in the UK. The issues covered include the vicious cycle of debt and poverty; the psychological impact of living in poverty; and the power of friendship and community to help people turn their lives around. The films are produced by Mosaic Films in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, BBC Storyville and the global Why Poverty? project by STEPS International. They were commissioned as the result of an open call for submissions, to find filmmakers who could produce an authentic portrayal of poverty in the UK. Around a hundred entries were submitted nationwide and were whittled down to six finalists, who then took part in a live pitch in front of a judging panel at 2010 Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Festivals: Sheffield Doc/Fest 2011

The Car’s Got To … Read More »



Art Shorts: Tate Media

Posted on April 22nd, by mosaicfilms in Our Films, Web. Comments Off on Art Shorts: Tate Media

Produced for Tate Media and Arts Council, the second year of the Art Shorts programme saw two regional galleries offered the chance to bring video into their marketing and audience engagement work.

From an open call following a one-day workshop at Tate Britain on how to integrate video into the work of a gallery, the two galleries selected were Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool and the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery. Mosaic Films worked with teams at both galleries to produce short films focusing on two very different projects:

The Opposite of All Those Things
This kite sculpture by Heather and Ivan Morison – commissioned by Grundy Art Gallery – was assembled and flown on Fleetwood Beach, Lancashire, in January 2011. The process was filmed and edited into a dialogue-free piece, revealing the ominous shape of the sculpture in full flight. View … Read More »



London Recut

Posted on April 22nd, by mosaicfilms in Our Films, Web. Comments Off on London Recut

Mosaic Films partnered with Film London, the BFI, and London’s Screen Archives network to create an innovative online film initiative and competition. London Recut challenged London’s citizens to explore over three hours of moving image archive material of the city, some of which has been made available for the first time, and use it to create their own films via an easy-to-use online editing tool. The competition was open to everyone, whether a budding filmmaker, a keen historian, or just someone who wanted to have a go.

45 films were submitted to the competition and put to the public vote. A special jury of Londoners then chose the four winners from a shortlist of the 16 most popular entries.

London: A Guide for the Anxious by Nicola Jaberi
A timely guide to the dangers of London, providing key points for the careful and … Read More »



The Strongest Bond

Posted on April 21st, by mosaicfilms in Our Films, Web. Comments Off on The Strongest Bond

This film tells the story of the government’s efforts to improve maternal health in Ethiopia and save lives through a network of community based health workers. The film was launched at the UN General Assembly in 2009.

1 x 4’, M&C Saatchi and DfID 2009

Director: Deborah Kingsland



Life After Coma

Posted on April 21st, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Our Films. Comments Off on Life After Coma

A series of documentaries exploring the lives of four people who’ve survived a coma but now live in various states of consciousness, made for Channel 4’s 3 Minute Wonder strand with unprecedented access to the survivors of comas and their families.

Shot with unprecedented access to hospitals and care centres around the UK, Life After Coma is a sensitive portrait that looks at the ongoing duty of care long after the initial, critical period is over.

Produced by Mosaic Films for Channel 4, the films were directed and filmed by Dr Barry J Gibb, a former neuroscientist and author of The Rough Guide to the Brain. He said, “Being conscious is something we take seriously for granted. In these films, each of the main characters became comatose after a serious incident, but all have managed to fight their way back to some … Read More »



Animated Minds

Posted on April 21st, by mosaicfilms in Animation, Broadcast, Our Films, Web. Comments Off on Animated Minds

Animated Minds is a series of short animated documentaries which use real testimonies of teenage experiences of mental distress, combined with engaging visuals, to climb inside the world of young people struggling with issues such as anxiety disorders, self-harm and depression, eating disorders and Asperger’s syndrome.

Find out more and watch the films at www.animatedminds.com

Producer/Director: Andy Glynne
Animation Director: Katerina Athanasopoulou, Salvador Maldonado, Matthew Morgan, Billie Loebner

Awards:
Winner, Secondary Learning, BAFTA Children’s Awards 2009
Winner, 14-19 Years, RTS Education Awards 2009
Winner, Young People’s Media, Mental Health Media Awards 2009
Winner, Best Animation, Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival 2009
Winner, Best Educational Film, Holland Animation Film Festival 2009

Episodes:

Becoming Invisible
Violent nightmares, suicidal wishes and an inability to live in your own skin. This film explores the dynamics that can drive young people to develop eating disorders beyond talk of the Size Zero culture and peer pressure. … Read More »



Britain Recut

Posted on April 21st, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Our Films, Web. Comments Off on Britain Recut

Mosaic Films, Channel 4 and the BFI joined forces to produce Britain Recut, a groundbreaking series of short films by four new filmmakers.

For the first time in its history, the BFI made historic documentary footage by the early pioneers of documentary available to the public to re-edit into their own short films, as part of an online competition which saw the four winning films screened on Channel 4, and entering the BFI National Archive.

The filmmakers were challenged to comment on an aspect of life in contemporary Britain by recutting public information films from the 1940’s and 50’s. The results range from the experience of refugees arriving in London, to how we have fun, rationing and working mothers, and display the creative potential of this archive. In turns playful and poignant, they ask how much life in Britain has changed since … Read More »



A Year in Tibet

Posted on April 21st, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Our Films. Comments Off on A Year in Tibet

5 x 60-minute films for BBC4, in partnership with Seven Stones Media

For the first time, the BBC has been able to film inside Tibet unsupervised by Chinese authorities, to follow the lives of ordinary Tibetans across an extraordinary year. This unprecedented access gives a remarkable insight into the significance of Buddhism in everyday life and the complex and often surprising relationship between Tibetans and the Chinese immigrants who they live and work alongside.

The series is both an intimate observation of a society and a compelling insight into the impact of the Chinese Communist Party on Tibetans’ lives.

Visit http://www.youtube.com for a playlist for the series.

Executive Producer: Adam Alexander and Jeremy Gibson
Producer: Peter Firstbrook
Director: (Location) Sun Shuyun

Episodes

1/5 The Visit  In the first episode, the Panchen Lama, the highest-ranking Buddhist living in Tibet today, pays a sudden visit to the local monastery and throws the monks … Read More »



Made in India

Posted on April 21st, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Our Films. Comments Off on Made in India

‘Made In India’ is the first in the innovative ‘Made In…’ Series produced by DFG Films and now by Mosaic Films. Eight short documentaries made by Indian filmmakers on the eve of the 60th anniversary of Indian Independence, give very personal perspectives on what independence means to them.

Series Producer: Andy Glynne

Episodes:

The Broken Land
A lyrical journey down the Jessore road that separates West Bengal from Bangladesh, which evokes memories of the upheaval and displacement that affected the director’s family at the time of independence and partition.

Director: Debalina Majumder

Body British, Heart Hindustani
The Ambassador car is a common sight on roads all across India, and has become a measure of something “truly Indian”, and yet it has a history that connects it to British Colonialism. It is an English design that has been adopted by Indians and adapted to the Indian roads. Body British, … Read More »



Five Bites

Posted on April 21st, by mosaicfilms in Broadcast, Current Affairs, Our Films. No Comments

This exciting initiative for emerging filmmakers was created and produced by DFG Films in partnership with Five News. FIVE BITES gave five filmmakers an opportunity to produce topical news films from a fresh perspective, using the documentary medium in innovative and inspiring ways, and were broadcast on Five News in summer 2006.

Executive Producer: Andy Glynne

Episodes:

Jim and the Truth Truck

Jim Dowson is a controversial anti-abortion campaigner. We join Jim and his colleagues in the pro life movement as they unveil their dramatic “Truth Truck” – bearing a graphic image of a 12 week aborted fetus – at Belfast City Hall. The film explores the reaction of the Belfast public. It finds out what makes Jim and his colleagues tick, and why they employ these shock tactics.

Director: Simon Aeppli

The Urban Rat Race 

The Urban Rat Race is a mental and physical adventure challenge … Read More »



Reel London 2006

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Reel London was an initiative for emerging documentary filmmakers, produced by DFG Films in partnership with Film London and ITV London. It offered filmmakers an opportunity to produce diverse and distinctive films using the documentary medium in new and innovative ways, and have them broadcast on terrestrial television, in a pre-watershed slot. The series was distinguished by strong story lines and thought provoking ideas, with richness and diversity in both content and portrayal that make absorbing half-hour documentaries. The documentaries were transmitted on ITV London in September 2006.

Series Producer: Andy Glynne

Holloway Hairdo

The largest women’s prison in Britain has a little oasis: its own beauty salon. The ladies of Holloway Prison come to Brenda’s salon to have their hair and nails done, and catch up on the gossip. Some are learning a trade so they won’t re-offend; others come for Brenda’s … Read More »



Mish Kids

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Channel 4, 2005

Mish Kids are unique. Having spent their childhoods and early adolescence abroad – wherever God called their parents to preach – most Missionaries are bi-lingual, love different cultures and feel at home overseas, even though they are foreigners. But when they are brought back home to Britain to finish their education, they don’t fit in at all. They may look like everyone else but their accents are different. They may now be ‘home’ but they don’t wear the right clothes or say the right things. Drugs, lawnmowers, Tube stations, Big Brother, Neighbours, getting drunk, and small talk are all part of what is a beguiling world for Mish Kids. As they wrestle with their convictions and struggle to find out where they belong, this series of short documentaries offers a fascinating glimpse into the strange no-man’s land that these … Read More »



Little Johnny’s Journey

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A short animation following the story of Little Johnny’s first months, as he learns to navigate the world around him and builds a healthy immune system. With Denise Lewis.

This film was produced for the agency Drum, for its client Cow & Gate.

Animator: Jim Field
Director: Andy Glynne


To Courtney With Love

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Beckie Williamson is 15 and lives in Leeds with her parents and older sister. She became pregnant at 13 and had a daughter, Courtney. At 14, Beckie was diagnosed with cancer. Treatment was ineffective and the cancer spread to her vital organs. Now Beckie has just weeks to live. She and her sister Vicky set out to make a film for her daughter, Courtney, so that she will know her mother in years to come. ONE Life follows them on their emotional journey. This is Beckie’s film… for Courtney, with love.

Producer: Peter Firstbrook
Director: Mark Wilkinson

Awards:

Winner, RTS Education Documentary Award 2005
Nomination, RTS Editing Factual Award 2005

BBC One, 2005



Reel London 2005

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Reel London was a new initiative for emerging documentary filmmakers, which highlighted the richness and diversity of voices present in London, whilst training and nurturing new talent through the production process. The concept is a partnership between DFG Films (which has since merged with Mosaic Films), Film London and ITV London. Each half-hour documentary was screened on prime-time television on ITV London.

ITV, 2005

Series Producer: Andy Glynne

Episodes:

Strictly Mitcham

Glamour is not the first thing that springs to mind, when most people think of Mitcham. However, in the heart of the London suburb, there is a colourful multi-million pound industry which has made Mitcham a familiar name across the globe: ballroom and latin dance dress-making!

Director: Ian Lynch

Grand Prix Priest 

The Grand Prix Priest is an intimate portrait of Father Neil Horan, the controversial Irish priest who ran across the racetrack at the 2003 British … Read More »



Insight – Sort Out Stress

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A short animated documentary featuring the testimony of a young man, who shares his experiences of mental health problems including drug dependence and depression.

Produced for the Camden NHS project Sort Out Stress.

Animator: Jim Field
Producer/ Director: Andy Glynne



The Tube Series III

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This is the third, hugely successful documentary series about the London Underground network. It includes the two part mini series “The Tube – Under Attack”, which charts the devastating July 7th attacks on the London Underground and the events which followed.

ITV London and Sky Travel, 2005

Series Producer: Colin Luke
Directors: Tom Sheahan & Amir Jamal

Awards: ITV Silver Award for Documentary of the Year 2005

Episodes:

Under Attack 1
Under Attack 2
Special Operation
Losing It
Tickets Please
Off the Rails
The Train Set
Moving On (Old & New)



Games In Athens

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The huge cost, the massive disruption, and the political tensions surrounding the Olympic Games in Athens all threatened to overwhelm Greece and its capital. For the four years preceding the Games, skeptical director, Amalia Zepou, set out to ask, is it all worth it?

 BBC, ARTE, CBC, 2004

Executive Producer: Adam Alexander
Producer: Colin Luke
Director: Amalia Zepou






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