United Kingdom!



Mosaic Films

The United Kingdom as seen through the eyes of its occupants, ranging from amateur to professional filmmakers.

United Kingdom was commissioned by Jeremy Gibson, Head of TV Features at BBC Bristol. Like Russian Wonderland, it was commissioned without a single story idea attached to the proposal.
The producers were charged with the responsibility to fill 410 minutes of airtime with a number of stories of lengths between 1 and 60 minutes, shot by filmmakers across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom. The production period of nearly eighteen months included a development period of six months. In that time Mosaic built up a database of more than 350 filmmakers ranging from recent graduates of media courses to experienced technicians looking to broaden their production expertise, and received more than 500 story ideas from filmmakers.

In all, forty filmmakers worked on nearly fifty stories ranging from the quirky and prosaic to the gritty and tough. Stories were developed over a long period of time and continually assessed to determine their value and the strength of the narrative. Stories that were not working were put to one side. Proposals for stories to be included in the series came from the filmmakers. It was their access and inside knowledge of stories that gives the series its intimacy.

Although each story was shot on location by a single filmmaker, the stories were edited in collaboration with Colin Luke in London. Single films were not therefore individually authored; the intention being to create a series from the best of all the stories followed to produce a compelling insight into aspects of life in the UK that we can all relate to. To that end the series was collectively authored by the filmmakers and the producers.

BBC 2,1997

Series Producer: Adam Alexander
Series Director: Colin Luke

Awards:

Nomination, Best Documentary BROADCAST Awards
Nomination, Best New Programme BROADCAST Awards

Episodes:

Working for the Enemy
Keeping the Dream Alive
Royal Watchers
Tunnels and Trees
White Settlers
Quarry Queen
Black Run
If One of Us Goes
Under Curfew
I Just Wannabe Joe Public
Tottering Bipeds
Sweet Sixteen
New Blood
Party in the Park
Under Siege
Take That Your Majesty
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