Britain in a Day (1 x feature) – As Britain prepares to step into the spotlight of the world’s media in the year of the London Olympics, the BBC is inviting people from all corners of the country to contribute to the definitive self-portrait of Britain today by turning the camera on themselves. The result will create a time capsule of Britain as well as a feature-length documentary to be screened next year on BBC Two. The film – a partnership with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London, the production company behind the acclaimed feature film Life In A Day – will provide a unique glimpse of contemporary British life.
On 12th November 2011 people will have the opportunity to film something that captures the intimacy and singularity of their lives and upload it to a dedicated channel on YouTube.
Award-winning director Morgan Matthews will use the rich trove of material submitted to craft a feature-length documentary film that captures the variety and vibrancy of life in Britain today. He will work alongside executive producer Kevin Macdonald, who directed Life In A Day.
A dedicated team will run filmmaking workshops with people in different communities and produce a series of “how-to” films and guides aimed at teaching anyone to use phones or cameras to record their day. BBC Learning is putting together an inspirational film featuring more than 20 high-profile figures from BBC television and radio, encouraging people to take part on 12th November. BBC Learning will also work with film schools, societies and charities to generate a broad range of revealing films.
Britain In A Day is part of the BBC’s Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival programming, further details of which will be announced later in the year.
Producer: Scott Free London
TX: Summer 2012
Source: BBC Press Office