‘Detroit – The Comeback City’ is a film about the rise, fall and rebirth of Detroit – shown through the prism of Michigan Central Train Station.  The station, which has acted as the face of Detroit’s decline for 30 years, has been promised a revival by Ford Motor Company.  This one-hour special, narrated by Detroit native and Academy Award-winner J.K. Simmons, includes interviews with Alice Cooper, Bill Ford, astronaut Jerry Linegar, Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Pulitzer Prize-winner Dr. Heather Ann Thompson. Detroit rapper Big Sean worked as an executive producer.

Broadcast on Sun 1st July, the film is still available to watch online.


Paddington Station 24/7

New series of the programme that goes behind the scenes at one of the UK’s busiest transport hubs, beginning as `the Beast from the East’ meets Storm Emma and wreaks havoc across the network. Paddington is hit by some of the heaviest snowfall in years and Rail Control holds a crisis meeting about closing the station – an emergency action that has only been taken a handful of times since the Second World War. | Watch

One Strange Rock

Produced by Academy-Award nominee Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) and hosted by Will Smith, One Strange Rock is the extraordinary story of Earth — our curiously calibrated, interconnected planet — and why it is special and uniquely brimming with life among a largely unknown but harsh cosmic arena. Anchoring the series is an elite group of astronauts who see Earth’s bigger picture; they provide unique perspectives and relate personal memoirs of our planet seen from space. | Watch

Doug Howarth worked across the series but was most involved in the editing of the “Escape” episode.

It was great fun working on One Strange Rock. Such great pictures to play with from the loads of great Directors and DOPs who worked across the series.” – Doug Howarth

Tiredness, Tears and Tantrums: Diary of a New Mum

Rohan Thomas was Additional Editor on this documentary in which Annie Price, who is about to become a mother for the first time, reveals the reality of becoming a parent. | Watch

The team were up against a schedule that was brought forward, so they needed an extra pair of hands to help get it over the line. It was a real pleasure to meet and collaborate with Director Josephine Bestrode, Editor Derek Wilson and Executive Producer Sarah Waldron on this observational doc which follows Annie Price on her journey to becoming a mum. The programme is at once uplifting and educational. It deals with the process of giving birth and the difficulties seldom talked about such as post-natal illness. The programme also recounts Annie’s harrowing introduction to the world, having survived a caravan fire when she was only four-weeks old and being left with extensive scarring. Annie brings her unfiltered honesty to the first six weeks of motherhood.” – Rohan Thomas

SPOTLIGHT: Katherine Lee – Editor

Who is Katherine Lee?

I’m a documentary editor from a drama background. I grew up in Australia, and in 1999 I traveled to the UK in search of adventure and ended up making it my home.

How did your career path develop?

I’ve always loved storytelling and my first degree was in drama. I joined a filmmakers collective and together we made short films. That’s where I had my first experience of the cutting room and I loved it. I moved to London and continued making shorts before editing two low budget indie feature films, while working as a runner/assistant in a facilities house in Soho.

In 2009 I got into The National Film and Television School and graduated with an MA in Editing and a new found love of documentaries – in particular observational docs, an obsession which has remained. Over the last few years, I’ve carved out a career in television and have been lucky enough to work with some extraordinary people and on projects that I feel proud of.

What do you consider your greatest achievement/s so far?

I think my greatest achievement has been my dogged persistence with a career that, as a girl from a small town in rural Australia, seemed so hard to reach. I feel incredibly grateful for all the experiences that I’ve had and continue to have in my professional life.

Any projects you are most proud of and why?

I feel proud of my work on Surgeons: At The Edge of Life, produced by Dragonfly TV for BBC2. And also of my involvement on Diana: 7 Days for BBC1. It was great to work with the great director Henry Singer and editor Paul Van Dyke on a film that was watched by many – including my mum, who was visiting the UK at the time and happens to be a huge fan of the Royal family.

Two projects that I worked on during the NFTS are also worth mentioning: Abuelas – a animated documentary that was nominated for a BAFTA and won almost 80 awards around the world and A Letter To Dad – a highly personal documentary about a man coming to terms with his father’s involvement in the Balkan war. The film was shown extensively in the Balkans enabling many conversations about people’s experiences during the war.

Share your biggest lessons in life and work

Making films and television is a collaborative experience and my most favourite memories have been those where I’ve worked together with other people to overcome the challenges and limitations of the project and made something special.

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SPOTLIGHT: Rita Kaye – Editor

Who is Rita Kaye?

A middle-weight TV Editor who has worked on Entertainment, Factual and Sports programmes. Scripted Reality is my favourite genre, so I am hoping to get more opportunities in that field.

How did your career path develop?

In the early years of my career I worked as an agency copywriter and journalist. This I how I got into editing: I started editing videos to complement my articles. I am bilingual, so when I moved over to the UK, I got a job as an Assistant Editor straight away and then quickly worked my way up and became a TV Editor.

What projects are you the most proud of?

In December I had a chance to work on MTV and True North’s Teen Mom UK. Scripted reality is what I am the most interested in, so Teen Mom was a huge opportunity. The creative-intuitive style of the show is close to my artistic style, so I picked up the format very quickly. I really enjoyed editing an episode of Discovery and Pilot Productions’ Tough Trucks. I have always wanted to work on travel shows… spending the dark October days working with gorgeous footage of sunny Turkey was truly fantastic! Also, Nimble Dragon’s My Money Makeover for Channel 5 is a personal favourite because the show inspired me to do my own money makeover and I have saved a lot of money already! It’s great to work on programmes that make a difference to the quality of life of its viewers.

What do you consider your greatest achievements so far?

To have created a couple of truly powerful, energetic and engaging cuts. When people burst into tears I love that so much… it’s the ultimate compliment! Jesus girl, what is this?!! It’s heavy stuff… It’s good stuff… Now tone it down… It’s daytime telly (laughs)… I have a strong style and there’s nothing I enjoy or appreciate more than working under the wings of an experienced and inspiring Series Producer, who knows how to tame my stories and mould them into the format, but preserves the depth and the energy of my original cut.

Share your biggest lessons in life and work?

This industry is like a big extended family. Always be good to everyone on all levels and be fair because people remember and it pays off. I am very blessed to have worked on such wonderful shows. It has been great so far, but there are so many more mountains to climb. I’ve only just arrived in the top league.

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SPOTLIGHT: Sam Woodcock – Colourist

Who is Sam Woodcock

I’m a colourist based in London with an interest in cinema (surprise, surprise!) yoga, writing, meditation and martial arts. I tend to enjoy more physically creative pursuits in my spare time but I always love seeing something innovative or well written and executed on the big screen too.

How did your career path develop?

My post production background began in video editing, primarily short form documentaries and community media. I still have a strong professional interest in documentaries and socially consciencious filmmaking in addition to the more strongly stylised looks I create for more commercial branded content. The variety of aesthetics available to a colourist and the ability to take footage, give it a cinematic feel and expand upon the lighting of the shot was what drew me to colour grading and still excites me about working on projects.

What do you consider your greatest achievement/s so far?

I would consider some of my greatest achievements more in terms of progressions. The speed that I can read many different kinds of footage both technically and creatively now, compared to when I was starting out, has dramatically increased. Working with a wide range of DOPs and directors on both edits and grades has given me more insights into the visual knowledge of other professionals. It’s also been an opportunity to realise these ideas within the context of my own stylistic leanings on projects that have a broader brief and require more creativity from the colourist when the DOP is not available or the project is more Producer and client led.

Any projects you are most proud of and why?

Clients such as Crisis, Crossrail, River Island, Grant’s Whisky and National Express have all required different approaches but I also enjoy working on music videos and film trailers to create some of the more extreme looks.

The Crisis promo I edited and graded was one of my most enjoyable projects because it combined many things I have an appreciation for, including spoken word poetry, emotive sound design and stark yet familiar imagery that was both cinematic and also had a documentary feel. Combining these elements to bring attention to an issue like homelessness was also a positive and thought-provoking experience.

The work I did on the short film ‘Then and Now’ was interesting as well because it was fascinating to grade veteran actor Julian Glover and help to bring out some of the drama in his expressions and in the dramatic lighting that was used in certain scenes.

Share your biggest lessons in life and work

I think that the importance of both communication in the team and retaining high standards in delivery can never be overstated and are very much linked to each other. In terms of life I think that being calm under pressure and listening to yourself, others and the world around you have given me my biggest lessons and enlightened moments.

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The Ruth Ellis Files: A Very British Crime Story

In 1955 Ruth Ellis was the last woman hanged in Britain for the murder of her lover. In this investigative three-part series film-maker Gillian Pachter re-examines the case. | Watch

Damian Knight edited episode 3 and most of episode 2 and he also helped shape the entire series in the overall style and look.

It was a fantastic but challenging series to work on as the narrative was quite complex at times and steering a clear course through the twists and turns was a key issue. The story of Ruth is actually quite relevant today and helping Gillian (Patcher, the director) craft her story was a hugely rewarding experience.” – Damian Knight

International Women’s Day: Celebrating those who inspire us.

In honour of International Women’s Day, we celebrate some of the women that most inspire us. These include;

Dr Jan Frayne – Lecturer at Bristol Uni. “Published in Nature (an incredible feat) for her pioneering work on synthetically producing blood for transfusions. She is very lovely and amazing at her job.” Alice x

Mammie (Isabelle Wright) – “My mother in law was the most strong willed, stubborn and powerful woman! Widowed very young, she raised 4 children on her own. Her character and humour were immense, never backing down! I cherish her love and lessons.” Kim x

Martha Fiennes – “Embraces a spiritual approach in her art and her creative eye is educated but never patronising, always fresh. She’s wise, open, generous and humble – elevating other people.” Maureen x

Svetlana Stesova – “Mum is always positive and fearless – not afraid to go for it and encourages me to do the same.” x

Angelina Jolie – “I admire her work in film, particularly her directing, and I’m amazed at how she fits all of her humanitarian work in too!” Heather x

Sarah Turner – “The ‘Unmumsy Mum’ is searingly honest in her posts – providing reassurance, strength and a much needed laugh.” Carly x

Here’s to all of the women out there that demonstrate courage, tenacity and kindness.  We salute you!

#IWD2018 #pressforprogress


SPOTLIGHT: Clémentine March – Editor

Who is Clémentine March?

I’m a film and video editor, a musician and a translator. When I started working in 2000, I immediately fell in love with the editing craft because it combined my desire of telling stories with the importance of visual culture and image language and – most importantly for me – the internal musical rhythm each edit requires.

I either enjoy very dynamic clipping or the more contemplative approach to image and sound pacing. I like to consider every project as unique, even when it’s part of a corporate production.

How did your career path develop?

I started my career in Paris, cutting 35mm reels and working as an assistant for movie directors (Olivier Assayas, Dai Sijie), and that first experience gave me a very physical approach to the length and pace of a feature movie. As I started to master my tools (Avid, Final Cut Pro, later Adobe Premiere) I also began working for TV, news broadcast, and I learned how to operate in a fast international environment.

Since 2010 I have been very present in the French and UK indie scene as a bass player and songwriter. Upon moving to the UK, I decided to combine my two careers: shoot my own films and music videos, and work more for installations, museums and theatre plays (when video is integrated).

What do you consider your greatest achievement/s so far?

When I moved to London in 2016, the Tate Modern was about to open its new building and I embarked straight away (with House of Greenland productions) upon the making of a website, blending in cutting edge graphic effects, video editing and the crazy soundtrack by the band Sigur Rós. It was the best introduction to my new London life.

Any projects you are most proud of and why?

In 2015 I collaborated with Mind The Gap, a learning-disabled theatre company based in Bradford (Yorkshire), together with the French multi-awarded photograph artist Denis Darzacq. It was moving to collaborate with these young skilled actors in the Louvre museum, and the output was a beautiful meditation within the empty rooms of one of the world’s most famous museums. The 14 minutes film, titled “The Visit” was shown and praised in many international festivals (São Paulo, Marseille, Toronto).

Share your biggest lessons in life and work.

As an editor, you are most appreciated for your “reassuring” qualities, so be enthusiastic and calm.

My collaborators always enjoy a good sense of perpective on any project. It’s invaluable to be able to understand what is working – or not – and express it with a smile, leaving space for decision-making.

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Love and Drugs on the Street: Girls Sleeping Rough

Eye-opening stories of the daily lives of women sleeping rough on Brighton’s streets. | Watch

Aldo Paternostro edited all episodes: “It’s been an eye-opening experience to edit both series. Due to the rough and ready nature of the material, the main challenge was to look for recurring themes for each episode, based on rushes that were sometimes chaotic. Hats off to director George Evans for getting access to some very tricky contributors. When I began working on the first series there was little idea of how to structure each episode. It’s been great to work with exec producer Katie Buchanen to craft a format that has allowed us to carry each individual story without becoming sensationalist. With filming still running during post-production, my main goal was not to loose sight of the small moments of humour and kindness hidden under the rawness of people that have been dealt a pretty tough hand in life. It was quite a surprise to find out that series 2 was commissioned. Now it seems that a third series was ordered, with a fourth one possibly in the works. It’s good to know that all the hard work paid off.”