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GENERATION GIFTED


GENERATION GIFTED

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GENERATION GIFTED


GENERATION GIFTED

The Telegraph, FEB 2018 by Gerard O'Donovan

”Impressively directed by Marcus Plowright and Luke Sewell, Generation Gifted was at its best highlighting how money isn’t the only, or even the biggest, obstacle poverty puts in place. The experiences of Anne-Marie and Shakira, less intensely focused than Jada, demonstrated how it corrodes confidence and self-esteem, the limits it places on horizons, plus the fear of failure and paralysing pressure to succeed it can impose”.

THE TIMES, FEB 2018 by CAROL MIDGLEY

“What made this documentary excellent was that it tackled the social mobility crisis not via graphs and studies, but from a child’s-eye view. From here the playing field looked not just tilted, but upended. It wasn’t just that two of the girls had disabled siblings and lived in impoverished households, it was that they thus lacked any self-confidence, which is half the battle. If no one in your family has ever been to university, how much harder it is to visualise the path”.

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AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL


AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL

AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL


AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL

BROADCAST, JULY 2017

"American high schools have been depicted in hundreds of movies and TV shows - but not many look like South Carolina’s Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School.

Swan Films’ four-strong crew spent eight months at the 99% African-American, high poverty index and ‘at-risk’ school, documenting new principal Stephen Peters’ attempt to turn around its reputation. It was time well spent.

BBC Three’s American High School was an exceptional doc series that delivered perfectly for its audience. If
viewers had any preconceived ideas about life in a US school, they were quickly dispelled.

The six-part series - “uplifting and heart-breaking in equal measure”, according to one judge - was a huge
reputational success for the channel, and landed a BBC One repeat.

It focused on the stories of 17 and 18 year-olds as they came to the end of their school lives and contemplated
their futures. Filming for a full school year meant that life-changing events, from teen births to expulsions, were captured.

There was no commentary, with actuality and master interviews combining to give the series an intimate, immediate feel. In an exceptional year for BBC Three docs, this series was the standout."

THE GUARDIAN, NOVEMBER 2016 BY JULIA RAESIDE

"A high-stakes, high-school documentary series of quiet distinction."

"It feels as if the producers have played the long game here, spending time with their subjects over months, gaining their trust, putting them at ease."

"The relationships are incredibly touching but never schmaltzy. The show is a delicately filmed and edited thing, which keeps its distance and allows the emotion to speak for itself. Every participant is treated with careful, considered respect and the skill of the filmmaker (Marcus Plowright) is in drawing real feeling from their situations without resorting to head-patting sympathy. This is helped by Alexander Parsons’ impressive score, mixing tinges of the music the kids listen to with his own emotive arrangements. Six episodes of hope, just when it’s needed."

"Watching this heart-tugging series in the context of Donald Trump’s impending presidency raises the stakes horribly. If some of these students started out at an arguable disadvantage, you’re left to wonder what hope there is of social mobility in a country run by someone born to privilege with no understanding of struggle."

THE OBSERVER, OCTOBER 2016

"A moving look at both the US public school system and what it means to be young and black in America."

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MUSLIM DRAG QUEENS


MUSLIM DRAG QUEENS

MUSLIM DRAG QUEENS


MUSLIM DRAG QUEENS

THE OBSERVER

"Documentary of the week and one that deserves awards."

THE TELEGRAPH, AUGUST 2015 BY ANITA SINGH

"5 stars, *****"

"It could have been bleak, but this accomplished debut from first-time director Marcus Plowright, narrated by Ian McKellen, was everything a good documentary should be: powerful, often moving and expertly injecting the subject matter with a hefty dose of humour."

"Too many documentaries are of the point and sneer variety – Channel 4 being one of the worst offenders with shows such as Benefits Street. This commendable film did the opposite, and it sparkled."

THE INDEPEDENT, AUGUST 2015 BY AMY BURNS

"A touching insight into the life of Britain's first Muslim Drag Queen."

"The show made headlines even before it was broadcast, with those taking part being offered police protection amid fears about how the Muslim community would react.

And it's this reaction that was at the heart of what proved to be a hopeful – yet heartbreaking – introduction to a group of people who are desperately trying to live their lives within two communities that are completely at odds with one another.

THE GUARDIAN, AUGUST 2015

"Everyone who participated should be credited with bravery."

"Channel 4's controversial documentary about Muslim Drag Queens drew more than 1 million viewers on Monday night."

"The 60-minute documentary, which was narrated by Sir Ian McKellen, drew an average audience of 1.1 million viewers and a 6.9% share of all TV viewing between 10pm and 11pm."

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GRAYSON PERRY'S DREAM HOUSE


GRAYSON PERRY'S DREAM HOUSE

GRAYSON PERRY'S DREAM HOUSE


GRAYSON PERRY'S DREAM HOUSE

THE INDEPENDENT BY CHRIS BENNION

“Grayson Perry’s Dream House was a very lovely thing. From the Turner Prize-winning artist tottering about Essex in his orange clogs, winning over conservative villages with grace and humour, to the effect that Perry’s creation had upon the ‘ordinary Essex women’ it was inspired by, it was all completely charming.”

THE TIMES BY HUGO RIFKIND

“Grayson Perry’s Dream House was brilliant and I mean that about both the programme and the bonkers structure it catalogued him building… He’s a genius, Grayson Perry. “

THE METRO BY SARAH DEEN

“Grayson Perry’s Dream House had viewers captivated with its brilliance. Everyone who tuned in was completely enchanted by both his heartfelt creation and the man himself.”