PRISON Goes Around the World

In this weeks 'Broadcast'

"Channel 4 access doc sells to 82 territories with Discovery and Nine Network among the buyers

Australia’s Nine Network, Canada’s Bell Media and Discovery Networks are among the global broadcasters to have picked up Spring Films’ Channel 4 access doc Prison.

Blue Ant International has now sold the 3 x 60-minutes series to more than 80 territories and countries, including France, Norway, Germany, Poland and New Zealand.

Prison taken an in-depth and exclusive look behind bars at HMP Durham, giving rare insight into the challenges prison staff face on a day-to-day basis. Over seven months, the documentary tells the human story on both sides of the door: staff and prisoners, and the real issues facing them all.

Bell Media has acquired the series for its French-speaking services while Discovery has picked it up for Italy. Elsewhere, Prison has sold to Sky in New Zealand, M6 Group network W9 for French-speaking Europe, TV2 in Norway, Luxembourg’s RTL, Polsat in Poland and Germany’s Autentic.

Off the back of these deals, distributor Blue Ant has made series two of Prison, also 3 x 60-minutes, available for pre-sale. The second series focuses on female offenders.

“These new sales exemplify our commitment to bringing high-quality and thought-provoking programmes to buyers and audiences internationally,” said Blue Ant executive vice-president Solange Attwood.

“We’re glad to have the chance to sell such a high-calibre series as Prison and we look forward to debuting Spring Films’ second series of the franchise for pre-sale this month.”

Cool Daddio On SKY

This Friday (22nd November) at 9 pm Cool Daddio: The Second Youth of R. Stevie Moore premieres on Sky Arts (coincidentally a channel launched by our MD in 2000!).

So this Friday cancel all your plans, don't go out, don't answer the phone, don't check your email (but Txt your friends to tell them it's on)and tune into Sky Arts. It's a brilliant watch and some of the coolest music you will ever hear!

We did it Again!

We are delighted and very proud to say that we won the Grierson Documentary Series award for PRISON last night in the face of some amazing competition.

Thank you Paddy, Jack, Josh, Chris and all who worked on the series.  PRISON 2 is coming next year. Watch this space!

The judges said: "Filmic, powerful, funny, sensitive, revealing, this series takes one of the most problematic, but also familiar problems of our time, and yet makes it weirdly enjoyable. The director was a brilliant character, invisible off-screen and yet as present as the best presenter. A master of being in the right place at the right time, he was also highly intentional in creating documentaries that were nuanced, humorous and balanced, with a phenomenal soundtrack, skilful editing, distinct, original episodes which still sustained a cohesive series identity.

"But the real triumph of this winning series was its characters. A group of people whose stories we think we know - born without privilege, in some cases addicted to drugs, stuck in a cycle, left behind and unloved in the national consciousness. This series created a nuanced platform for their stories - their hopes, dreams, struggles, successes, and failures. The full humanity of people on both sides of story shone through because of the empathy and thought with which they were filmed.

"It’s often to feel fatigue towards this subject, and yet this winning series made it resonate anew with brilliant urgency and its depiction of people whose lives tell us something vital about Britain today."




Как твой русский?

André is in the news again. Check out the BBC World Service to see the interview they did with André about 'Meeting Gorbachev'.




Gorbachev Comes to the UK

‘Meeting Gorbachev’ will be released in selected cinemas on the following dates/places. 
Week 1.  :  4th - 8th November
  • Filmhouse Edinburgh
  • HOME, Manchester
  • Ciné Lumière, London
  • Depot, Lewes
  • Watershed, Bristol
  • Curzon Bloomsbury, London (Dochouse)
  • Arthouse Crouch End, London
  • Showroom, Sheffield
  • Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow
  • Irish Film Institute, Dublin
Week 2.  :  11th - 15th November
  • Lighthouse, Poole
  • JW3, London
Week 3.  :  18th - 22nd November
  • Macroberts Arts, Stirling
  • Chapter, Cardiff
  • Saffron Screen, Saffron Walden
 Week 4.  :   25th - 29th November
  • New Park Cinema 
  • Strode Theatre
  • Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne

And André will be doing Q&A's in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Curzon, London.

The Thin Blurred Line

The hot ticket at t this year's Asthetica Short Film Festival:

Documentary filmmaking comes with many moral and ethical dilemmas. When confronted with a deeply emotive scenario, do you continue to film or put down the camera? How do you condense 500 hours of footage into a 90-minute film? What decisions should be made to ensure that the production reaches its full potential? Emmy-winning and BAFTA-nominated Richard Melman from Spring Films (Night Will Fall, Into the Inferno) establishes ethical boundaries and how to recognise them.

Thursday 7 November
York Theatre Royal Studio

The Dream Is Alive…

Indian Space Dreams is a Broadcast 'Hot Pick' at MIP.  Directed by Sue Sudbury at Sequoia Films with Richard Melman Producing and André Singer Exec Producing for Spring.

"Indian Space Dreams hits Mipcom as demand booms for stories about the Asian super-state, which is set to overtake China as the world’s most populous country, according to UN projections. India is emerging as a global economic force and with that has come its entry into the space race.

The documentary, which is part science story and part cultural and social observation, follows a team of scientists in Mumbai as they prepare to launch the country’s first astronomical satellite. Their mission began in 2001, and the doc follows them over the final six years of the project up to launch.

TVF International (TVFI) head of acquisitions Will Stapley says it is the first time a film crew has gained access to an Indian space mission – a key selling point for buyers to consider."

Nashville turns Coolio

Cool Daddio: The Second Youth of R. Stevie Moore' is a tragi-comic musical odyssey to discover underground music icon R. Stevie Moore, a man who recorded over 400 albums…. in his bedroom. Now in his 60s, R. Stevie Moore is finally receiving worldwide recognition and growing cult following. As he embarks on his first global tour, is it all too much, or too late?

Cool Daddio was a major hit at the 50th Anniversary Nashville Film Festival, attended by the man himself Mr R. Stevie Moore, the directors Imogen Putler and Monika Baran and Spring's Producer Figs Jackman.



Coming To A Screen Near You!

Werner Herzog and Andre Singer’s Mikhail Gorbachev film is inked in for a November cinema release.

Arriving in cinemas on November 8th is the new film from Werner Herzog, made with Andre Singer. And it involves a chat with a rather famous politician.

No point keeping the suspense going, as you’ve guessed who it is from the title. But Meeting Gorbachev sees Herzog and Singer conducting three long interviews with the former Russian leader.

The film’s already earned rich acclaim from its US release earlier this year.

Meeting Gorbachev

Spring and Werner Herzog Film's 'Meeting Gorbachev' has a US Television premier on October the 12th on History 6 pm to 8 pm EST.

PRISON Grierson Nomination

Spring is delighted to announce that PRISON has been nominated for this years Grierson Trust Awards. Congratulations to Paddy and team.

The awards are on the 14th of November.

Bolton Film Festival

Our MD will be speaking at this years Bolton Film Festival on October the 1st.

"Bolton Film Festival returns to the Light Cinema on 1st/2nd/3rd October 2019  - a nine screen cinema housed within an amazing listed Victorian market building in the centre of the town.

We're screening innovative and groundbreaking short films from independent film-makers. Whether it’s drama, documentary, animation, comedy or experimental film our aim is to showcase emerging talent to an audience of like-minded individuals and industry experts."

Word on the street (at least on Richard's street!) is that tickets are selling fast so we recommend that you book now to avoid disappointment...