Independent Documentaries since 1980
The Queen v Trenton Oldfield
We are currently developing and shooting three documentaries and re-mastering a 16mm documentary feature in 2K digital.
Trenton Oldfield, an Australian national, has lived and worked in London for just ten years. Four days before the 158th Oxford Cambridge boat race, as the unelected government receives royal assent to asset strip the NHS, legalises digital surveillance and calls on people to 'shop' protesters at the Olympics, he decides to take action.
April 7th, the crews start the race. 15 million people around the world are watching. Andrew Mann, a spectator, hears a splash. A set of clothes lies neatly folded on the bank.
The crews are level. Trenton is in the water. He is calmly ducking and diving to avoid the oars. The umpire stops the race. Smiling broadly Oldfield is escorted past booing crowds and charged with a minor offence.
The race restarts. There's a clash, a blade is broken, one of the rowers is rushed to hospital. Oxford oarsman William Zeng tweets that the protester is, "a mockery of a man". According to the official report it's possibly “the most dramatic boat race ever”.
Police, urged on by a Tory MP, upgrade Trenton's charge to “public nuisance” – he is now facing a life sentence. At the trial prosecutor Louis Mably accuses Oldfield of arrogance and selfishness. After two days of acerbic exchanges Oldfield is found guilty. Sentencing, judge Anne Molyneux said Oldfield displayed prejudice. He gets six months in prison.
The Queen vTrenton Oldfield uses archive footage, reconstruction of the court case, interviews and conversations with participants and witnesses to unravel an action and a character that struck right at the heart of the British establishment.
Take Back the Duchy
Campaigners from Republic take on the royals and reveal the tax avoiding corporate cash cow that is Charles Windsor's Duchy of Cornwall.
Nearly 700 years ago Edward III created The Duchy of Cornwall, 133,658 acres of land in more than 23 counties, specifically to provide an income for his son, the Black Prince. It has propped up heirs to the throne ever since and its activities are still as murky as the medieval past it was created in.
It's present CEO, Charles Windsor, is portrayed as an environmentalist and social reformer, the benign if frustrated son of the reigning monarch. But Charles hasn’t hesitated in exploiting his status to turn the feudal Duchy into a cut-throat business empire – an empire that damages the environment and exploits local communities while enjoying unique tax exemptions and privileged access to power.
This year Republic is travelling the length and breadth of the country gathering the evidence and personal testimonies that will show why it has never been more vital to Take Back the Duchy.
Gandolfi - Family Business
Gandolfi - Family Business tells the story of Fred and Arthur Gandolfi as they move from being the world's oldest living camera-makers into a well-earned retirement.
But, just as Fred is reluctant to part with the tools that have been the very extension of his limbs, the brothers Gandolfi are inextricably linked with their history and their workshop. The Griffiths Brothers film lovingly captures the beauty of their craft, the legacy of their family and the last years of their remarkable lives.
Gandolfi – Family Business has been in production since 1982. Throughout his career, photographer Ken Griffiths set out to capture vanishing worlds. Ken inspired his brother David and sister-in-law Pam, along with friends Laurie Lewis, Joe Dunton and Mic Dixon to collaborate with him on what became a twenty year journey. The film encompasses Ken Griffiths’ classical framing style, along with his vibrant sense of humour.
Filming continued until after Arthur's death in 1993. Post production was started in 1985 on 16mm film and versions have been made on tape and non-linear editing systems A definitive cut was completed as an 'offline edit' in 2003. With support from a National Museum of Photography, Film and Television grant, the documentary was completed and premiered in January 2004, at the Sheffield International Documentary Festival both in Sheffield and at the National Film Theatre, London. Now, in 2016 we are scanning the original negative in 2K so we can create the final master and distribute the film.
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