City Stories (1998-99)
Moscow – a city in transition
More than any other city in the world, Moscow is a city that has gone through huge changes over the past decade In the post – communist era, Moscow is at the brunt of global forces. There has been a market led attempt to transform the economy and make Moscow a flagship of a regenerated and forward-looking Russia. But the people of Moscow are living in very uncertain times. This programme explores the changes that the people of Moscow have witnessed over the last ten years. Through the stories of four different generations we glimpse the highs and lows of life in Moscow.
Cities in a hurry
This programme juxtaposes life in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, both competing with each other to become the Smart city of the South-east Asian region. The film features diverse groups within the cities – an internet company, two architects and Poetic Ammo, a Rap Band in Kuala Lumpur.
Sydney has become a world focus for the gay and lesbian communities. How did this city become such a focus for the gay and lesbian communities worldwide? Part of the answer lies in the Mardi Gras March and Festival — an event advertised through lesbian and gay networks the world over. Twenty years ago, at the first Mardi Gras, many people were arrested. Now it is an event to which thousands of people go. The city, once again, as the focus of international interconnections, a different kind of globalisation.
Tales of the New Pacific (1998)
Family ties – the story of Adeline Yen Mah.
A film based on the best selling autobiography of Adeline Yen Mah. Set in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Los Angeles. Adeline rediscovers her past as she traces her roots back to the Shanghai of the 1930s.
Evergreen – A profile of a Taiwanese shipping company with global interests.
Democracy: from Classical to Modern Times (produced and directed 1996-97)
Democracy and Media
The role of news and current affairs in democracy. A day in the life of a current affairs Newsroom.
The Struggle for Democracy in South Korea
Documentary investigation into the democratisation of South Korea. Through the story of the making of a feature film, the viewer learns about the struggle for Democracy in South Korea.
Environmental Policy in an International Context (produced and directed 1995-96)
The rainforest of Western Canada is one of the oldest old growth forest in the world. Yet a large multi-national company is logging there. This film chronicles the struggle to preserve the area.
Climate of Opinion
A current affairs style investigation into the various views about climate change.
Desertification – A threat to Peace
A documentary about the problems of environmental degradation in Kenya.
The Shape of the World ( Series Producer and Producer and Director of 6 of the programmes 1993-95)
Co-production with Annenberg/PBS, USA)
Imagining New Worlds
Mexico, after the arrival of Columbus in the Americas, was invaded by the Spanish. What they found and attempted to destroy was a flourishing culture – one very different from their own. The programme explores the world of the Maya – ancient and modern. The programme is a voyage of discovery through the eyes of Doreen Massey, an eminent Geographer. What she discovers are both new worlds and new ways of imagining the world.
Reflections on a small screen
This documentary focuses on the global strategy of three of the world’s largest media companies, Warner – now the biggest communications company in the world; BBC World-wide, whose news operation is competing with CNN in East Asia and MTV which is the biggest satellite company in the world.
Documentary using music and dance. Hawaii was one the first places in the world to develop a mass tourist industry. The programme examines how the image of Hawaii as a tropical paradise for tourists was created. This was the era of radio and ‘Hawaii Calls’ – radio played a major part in creating the image of Hawaii as the home of surfing and hula dancing girls.
This pattern has been repeated around the world. As a result people are searching for `unspoilt’ places. Malaysia is an area of the world which has recently begun to experience major development in the tourist industry. The island of Penang seems to be well on the way to ‘Hawaiianisation’, as high rise beach hotels sprout at a rapid rate. Even in such remote places as Borneo, the fabled home of head-hunters, tourism is taking firm root. The consequences on local traditional culture is only just starting. In Hawaii, after a century of tourism, they realise that only by preserving authentic Hawaiian culture will it be possible to maintain the tourist industry.
Alaska – the Last Frontier?
This documentary gives a historical perspective on how native Alaskans lost their communities, cultural identities and control over their own lands, through Russian and then American colonialization. This is not a romantic look at indigenous peoples, but shows clearly how enmeshed modern culture is in their lives.
Mali has the richest and most sophisticated musical heritage in all Africa. This film tells the story of Bajourou – a group of four musicians. Bajourou started out playing acoustic music in the days when microphones and amplifiers were still not the norm. Each of the musicians show us a different aspect of life in Mali.
The World of the Dragon
Shanghai is China’s largest city with a population of just under 13 million. At the head of the Yangtse River basin, Shanghai is ‘roaring’ economically.
The overseas Chinese are ‘in’ the West, but not ‘of’ the West. They are part of the Chinese Diaspora, the transnational network of connections The programme traces some of these family connections all over the world.
Health and Disease ( produced and directed 1992)
Health Care in Zimbabwe
Two programmes investigating the health issues of Zimbabwe, including the rapid development of aids.
Developing World (Series producer and producer and director of 5 of the Series – 1990-92) A co-production with Oxfam and the EC
Out of Development?
Brazil is one of the biggest countries in the world but two thirds of the people live below the poverty line. This programme explores some of the history of Brazil.
In Search of Identity
Through music and poetry, this film tells the story of some of the immigrants to Sao Paulo and how they are actively contributing to the development of their adopted home town.
The Cutting Edge of Progress
This programme chronicles some of the accounts of the people who were forced to move when the Kariba Dam was built in the Zambezi Valley of Zimbabwe in the 1950s.
This film tells the story of some of the women in Zimbabwe since Independence in 1980. In the words of the women themselves, using drama, poetry and music, we explore some of the complex aspects of life for women in the new Zimbabwe.
Mozambique Under Attack
One third of all health clinics were destroyed during the war in Mozambique – the government has not been able to rebuild them because of World Bank-IMF imposed spending limits. Instead Mozambique has been forced to rely on aid to rebuild them. The children living on the streets of Mozambique are also a symbol of The World Bank’s Structural Adjustment Programme. How have these economic policies and the war affected the people of Mozambique and what are their hopes for the future?
Environment ( Series producer 1988- 90)
Valued Environments: Environmental Values
A film documentary investigating the history of environmentalism told through the stories of the formation of the English Lake District National park and Yosemite National Park in the United States.
Film documentary. Endau-Rompin is a national park in Malaysia. It is under severe pressure from logging companies. Malaysia is also under pressure from Western governments over deforestation. What does it do? And how can Malaysians identify the solutions and determine their country’s strategy?
Living With Drought
Film documentary. Before the Ethiopian famine, the drought in the Sahel, one thousand miles to the west, was already fifteen years old. In Niger, solutions adopted by the communities themselves for managing the land have helped to halt environmental degradation.
Bangkok – A City Speaks
Film documentary. Bangkok is one of the fastest growing cities in the world – an economic success story. But watching its fast-track growth is like watching a time-lapse film. Its traffic problems make ours look trivial – it can take two hours to drive one mile. And as underground water is used in ever greater quantities, the city is sinking at the rate of three inches every year.
No Place To Hide
Film documentary. Parts of North West Ontario look like the moon – so much so
that NASA used the area for astronaut training. Under pressure from environmentalists and politicians, the mining companies have been trying for the past ten years to return the land to its original state. One of the solutions – higher smokestacks – has only succeeded in exporting the problem downwind.
The Heat Is On
Film documentary. The Earth is warming up – that’s definite. But how much? And how do we make policies when we don’t know – something almost universally acknowledged as necessary if we are to avoid catastrophe. This is what a conference in Geneva in November 1990 met to discuss.
Walk Softly On The Earth
Film documentary. In Bergen in May 1990, Ministers from European governments met to consider international strategies aimed at halting and reversing environmental deterioration. Many outside the West were critical of the rich countries’ initiatives. In India, the manufacture of refrigerators using ozone-unfriendly CFCs is in full swing. At a conference in Delhi in September 1990, delegates said that if the rich countries want to reduce greenhouse gases they’ll have to foot the bill.
Social Issues and Social Intervention ( Producer and Director 1987-88)
The Making of Childhood
The creation of childhood is examined in this programme using Neil Postman’s theory of technological change in the 15th Century. Dramatic re-construction of Victorian school and medieval life.
The Disappearance of Childhood
This programme continues to examine Neil Postman’s theory of the disappearance of childhood as a result of television. We then examine how children are in fact active agents in their socialisation by examining anthropological work in Peru and Jamaica.
A look at the history of The Thomas Coram Foundation and Barnados and at how the care of disadvantaged young children has changed since the nineteenth century.
A Question of evidence
Studio discussion – a review of previous television programmes
Changing Britain, Changing World: Geographical Perspectives ( Producer and Director 1984-86)
South West Donegal I and II
Two programmes about the history of South West Donegal and the changes in rural life that have taken place. We tell the story of the Fuller family who epitomise life in this part of Ireland.
Made in Dundee
A film documentary about the history of the jute industry in Dundee and its links with Bengal. We then examine how ‘high-tech’ industry has replaced the jute industry.
A film documentary that compares Bangladesh’s response to two periods of food crisis in 1974 and 1984. We filmed in Bangladesh during the crisis of 1984, concentrating on agriculture, food production, distribution, environment and community. We use the story of a village called Katuli, a day’s journey from Dhaka, to help us make the points.
The Mettle of Malaysia
A film documentary about natural resources and commodities – we examine the history of the tin industry in Cornwall and Malaysia.
Agriculture and Conservation
A film documentary about the history of agriculture in Britain since the Second World War.
Understanding Pregnancy and Childbirth ( Assistant producer and director 1984)
Pregnancy – A Time to Grow
Film documentary about ante-natal care and different approaches. Intercut interviews of women talking about their experiences with activity footage of examinations.
Engineering Materials (Director 1983)
Studio programme to show explanations of phase diagrams with film inserts.
A Cut Above
Documentary film case-study of the production of saw blades and shows how phase diagrams are used in industry.
Magnus – A Suitable Case for Treatment
Film about construction of a massive steel structure for North Sea Oil platform.
Decision Making in Britain ( Assistant Producer and Director 1983-4)
The Language of Advancement?
A film documentary about Welsh culture and how the language has reasserted itself after years of decline. Dramatic sequences and music highlight cultural life.
The Setting Up of The Open University
A film documentary about how the Open University was set up. Interviews with Harold Wilson, Jennie Lee, Sir Hugh Greene, Tony Benn, Lord Goodman and others.
Other People’s Children
This film examines the formulation of Manchester’s proposal for unified sixth form reorganisation.
Public Order Law Reviewed
A programme about recent changes in Public Order Law from the perspective of Decision-Making models.
Introduction to Psychology (Assistant Producer and Director 1980-81)
Your Full Attention Please
Studio with OB of Studio Gallery exercises to demonstrate limits of attention in television studio. Grandstand is used to demonstrate the use of talkback with Des Lynam.
It’s as Easy as ABC
Studio linked film about practice of Skinnerian psychological principles in Psychiatric Hospitals.
Curriculum Evaluation ( Assistant producer and director 1981-82)
OB of classroom behaviour in two schools.
Slow motion – stop-start techniques used for video cassette use – Studio Presentation.
Sorting Them Out
OB of classroom behaviour showing how to categorise behaviour with graphics and quantel – Studio Presentation.
Searching for Meaning
OB of classroom behaviour and discussion. Split screen observation of behaviour with different interpretations – Studio Presentation.
Foundation Course in the Social Sciences ( Assistant Producer and director 1982)
Turning it Round
Film documentary about women’s blouse co-operative in South Wales.
Cogs in the Wheel
Studio -based programme to review ideas in previous television programmes. Programme focus on British Leyland, and uses an actor to demonstrate some of the points with Studio Presentation. (1982)
Foundation Course Social Sciences ( Assistant Producer and Director 1980)
Studio presentation with edited film archive and graphics of the Depression in the thirties and different economic interpretations.
Business Economics ( Assistant producer and director 1980)
The Fall and Rise of the Small Baker
Film case-study of the changing bread industry.
Unemployment Causes and Cures
Film case-study of unemployment showing different opinions of the causes and cures of unemployment.