Working Films, in collaboration with The Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation and Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, is delighted to announce the second edition of the London Good Pitch UK. The Good Pitch UK will take place at the spectacular Royal Institution of Great Britain on September 10th. The event is made possible by the generous support of Amnesty International, The Co-operative, Edelman, PUMA.Creative, and The Wellcome Trust.
Working Films is providing early campaign development for the accepted films; a number of the filmmakers attended our Films for Good workshop in July, co-presented with C4 BRITDOC.
The selected filmmakers continue the high standard set by all Good Pitch presentations, and include Jennifer Arnold (A Small Act), Penny Woolcock (On the Streets), Hugh Hartford (Ping Pong), Elinyisia Mosha (Anatomy of Poverty), David Sington (The Flaw), Rachel Seifert (Not on the Label), Heather Leach (Dancing With Hugo Boss) and Amir Amirani (We are Many).
More on the 8 projects:
A Small Act
Dir. Jennifer Arnold
A Kenyan boy’s life is dramatically changed when his education is sponsored by a Swedish stranger. Years later, Chris Mburu founds his own scholarship program to replicate the kindness he once received. But, a wave of violence tears through Kenya and threatens the potential impact of Chris’ fund.
On the Streets
Dir. Penny Woolcock
On the Streets is an observational documentary about homeless people shot over eight months. Rough sleepers, from Paul with two degrees in pure maths to Jean, Ken and Andy gradually reveal that their problem is not lack of housing. The film shows the camaraderie of the streets and the loneliness of being indoors with no support structure.
Dir. Hugh Hartford
Pensioners from across the planet compete in the World over 80s Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia. From retirement, care homes, mental and physical health to death and loneliness; 9 characters from 4 continents, with 807 years of experience between them; guide us through the life affirming world of veterans athletics.
Anatomy of Poverty (working title)
Dir. Elinyisia Mosha
Anatomy of Poverty follows several characters in order to explore the impact and progress of foreign direct investment on Tanzania over the last ten years since massive privatization measures were enacted.
Dir. David Sington
What was the fundamental cause of the great American financial meltdown of 2007/8, an event whose consequences will continue to be felt all over the world for years, perhaps decades, to come? The Flaw delves into the history of American capitalism to provide a definitive and surprising answer with radical implications for society.
Not On the Label
Dir. Rachel Seifert
The story of the cocaine trade and the war against it – a war that cannot be won and whose victims are the poor, the powerless and the dispossessed. Western governments should change their policies and western consumers should give up consumption: the real cost is not on the label.
Dancing with Hugo Boss
Dir. Heather Leach
Dancing with Hugo Boss is a feature documentary that will take a personal look at the importance of life, love and mortality. This life affirming film raises issues about coping with cancer, family relationships, avoiding depression and a desire to line dance in a pair of Hugo Boss boots!
We Are Many
Dir. Amir Amirani
The story of the biggest peace march in history. On 15 February 2003, in over 800 cities around the world, 30 million people protested against the planned invasion of Iraq. In telling this remarkable story, We Are Many will harness the passion and political energy of this phenomenal movement as a force for good.