Singer’s a Winner!

Spring Films is delighted and proud to announce that our founder and CEO André Singer was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to Anthropology and the Documentary Film Industry.

Congratulations from a very proud company for a thoroughly well deserved award and recognition of the amazing work that André has done as director, producer, commissioning editor and as former President of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

 

 

Werner Herzog and Rudolph Herzog team up on ‘Last Exit: Space’

Werner Herzog and his son, Rudolph Herzog, will partner with Gunpowder & Sky on “Last Exit: Space,” a new documentary examining mankind’s push to colonize space. Rudolph Herzog will direct, with Werner Herzog attached to executive produce the film, as well as narrate the picture in his inimitable German-accented growl.

In addition to Gunpowder & Sky, Spring Films (“The Act of Killing”) and Taglicht Media (“Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies”) are signed on to co-produce the feature, which will begin production this autumn.

ICM Partners negotiated the deal on behalf of Spring Films. Spring Films have produced numerous documentaries with the Herzogs, most recently selling Werner’s “Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds,” an examination of meteors and shooting stars, to Apple TV+. It screened at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

Find out more here.

China Screen Palme d’Or

Made in collaboration with Dr Skyfish Films and Jia Films "The Two Lives of Li Ermao" was shown last week in Paris (in an actual cinema!) as part of the Ecrans des Mondes Festival where it was awarded the China Palme d'Or. Congratulations to the producer Dr. Kiki Tianqi Yu and the director Jia Yuchuan. This astonishing film was 18 years in the making and provides a unique insight into China.  The executive producer was André Singer.

"The first screening of your wonderful film was a huge success: once I had screened the film, I decided to have it open our 10th anniversary edition, and it was the right decision….the audience was deeply impressed, and offered a standing ovation to all of you !!!  The film is at the heart of what I am trying to do with this festival since 10 years ! Thank you so much for the film, and thank you for offering it as an avant-première to the Paris audience."

Michel Noll President Ecrans des Mondes.

 

Sandbox Films

Sandbox Films who were fundamental in getting Spring Films and Werner Herzog Film's latest feature documentary made have just launched their new website.

https://www.sandboxfilms.org/

Sandbox Films is a documentary studio that illuminates the art and beauty of scientific inquiry: humankind's weird, messy, brilliant way of navigating the world.

 

Indian Space Dreams Still Heading for the Stars

The Association for International Broadcasting has just shortlisted Indian Space Dreams for this year's Science and Technology Awards.

Congratulations to Sue Sudbury and the team. Watch this space for more details.

"We are delighted that despite the global pandemic, broadcasters and producers across the world have responded to this year’s call for entries to the AIBs. This annual competition – now in its 16th year – celebrates journalism and factual productions across TV, radio and digital platforms."

Full information at The AIBs website

 

 

Fireball to hit Toronto tonight!

The epic Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds directed by Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer will have its world premiere tonight at 6pm local time at the Toronto International Film Festival.

www.tiff.net/events/fireball-visitors-from-darker-worlds

Tinderbox Makes an Impact

Spring is delighted to announce that Gillian Mosely's powerful and personal examination of the history of the Israeli/Palestine conflict 'Tinderbox' has won the Impact Doc Awards Viewer Impact and the History Award of Excellence along with a Special Mention in Documentary Features.

Tinderbox was directed and produced by Gillian Mosely for Media Lab. The DoP was Richard Blanshard and the EPs were André Singer and Richard Melman for Spring Films

Meeting Gorbachev – UK TV Premiere

We are delighted to let you know that on Thursday the 2nd of July at 10:15 pm Sky Documentaries on Sky Channel 114 will be showing the UK television premiere of Meeting Gorbachev directed by Werner Herzog and André Singer. If you missed it at the cinema now's your chance to see this highly praised and moving account of Gorbachev's extraordinary career.

Produced by Lucki Stepetic and Svetlana Palmer

Executive Producer Richard Melman

 

 

 

Indian Space Dreams become Reality

Congratulations  to Sue Sudbury and the team for winning the RTS Southern Regional Award

“An epic and multi-layered production telling the story of 3 professors and a young woman scientist and their part in the Indian space programme. This documentary gave an authentic glimpse of life in Mumbai, challenged stereotypes and showed how ingenuity and patience can, in the end, lead to success. A beautifully shot tapestry illustrating social pressure, cultural challenges and above all a very different approach to life and work.” RTS Awards jury

Spring is very proud to part of this terrific production.

Director: Sue Sudbury
Producers: Richard Melman & Sue Sudbury. Executive Producers: André SingerKeith Haviland & Pat Mills

A Sequoia Films production in association with Spring Films & Haviland Digital.

PRISON – FAMILY

Tonight is the last of the Women's prison trilogy. Some amazing and heartbreaking stories of what happens to a family when a mother is sent to jail.

https://www.channel4.com/programmes/prison

Read about Kelly's remarkable journey on Huffpost

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/being-a-mum-in-prison-foston-hall_uk_5e593f33c5b6450a30bde000

Did the Duck do it?

The mystery surrounding the Foston Hall Duckling continues to grow.

https://twitter.com/movanders/status/1229525583480213506

We can only reply with Channel 4's official statement "For reasons of the duck’s security we can’t go into the issues surrounding its move into ‘Duck Witness Protection’ and what necessitated our having to blur his image, suffice to say, it was a nasty incident involving the Canada Goose Gang, a loaf of bread and a swan! We hope you’ll respect his need for privacy."

PRISON 2 Tonight at 9 pm

Tonight we show the vital work carried out at Foston Hall to help women who have suffered traumatic events. The remarkable Healing Trauma team is led by prisoners who have 'been there' themselves.