THAT SUMMER DAY

  1. This is the BAFTA winning 60' single drama, THAT SUMMER DAY, which I directed and executive produced for Hat Trick/CBBC/BBC2. The film covers the July 7th 2005 London bombings, as seen through the eyes of a group of inner city London school children. The film was meticulously researched, involving talking to over 700 London school children, gathering their memories of the day and using them as inspiration for our film's events and characters. Broadcast a year to the day after the bombings took place, the film drew a huge audience and much critical praise.

    Previews:

    Sunday People
    “Superb one-off drama. An eerily convincing, gripping experience.”

    The Observer
    “Believable, affecting, involving drama. Unpatronising and always absorbing which should resonate for children and adults alike.”

    The Sunday Times
    (Pick of the day & Best drama of the week)
    “Realistic. Psychologically convincing and touchingly acted, the drama impressively reflects the care that has gone into researching, writing and filming it.”

    FRONT ROW - BBC Radio 4
    “Extremely well handed, beautifully directed & beautifully shot. Very strong performances.” “Worked very strongly... impressive, a very fresh, original take.” “Very charming and insightful.... nice twists and turns.” “A very fine production.”

    Radio Times
    This weeks choice.
    “Sensitive, thoughtful, poignant and considered.”

    PLUS

    Pick of the Day etc

    Daily Record – “Adults will be moved.”
    The Sunday Telegraph – “Moving.”
    TV Choice – “Powerful”
    WhatsOn TV – “Hard-hitting”
    The Herald
    TV Quick
    Mail on Sunday

    Reviews:

    Evening Standard
    13th June
    “Powerful scenes include a distraught boy fleeing school to find his father and two women emerging shell-shocked from a Tube station…”

    Broadcast
    23rd June
    “Now, a year later to the day, the BBC1 kids’ drama That Summer Day bravely tackles that subject…”

    Daily Record
    1st July
    “On the first anniversary of the day London was rocked to its core, this poignant drama aims to show what it was like for the children who lived through the events of the bombings…While it focuses on kids, this is by no means a film for children alone – adults will be moved too.”

    Radio Times
    1st July
    This Week’s Choices
    “Thoughtful drama exploring the London bombings…Television footage and radio reports from 7 July – none of it gratuitous or gory – is sensitively spliced into the story and drives the narrative of the programme. It’s clear that a lot of care and attention has been devoted to making sure children will be able to follow what’s going on and won’t be overly scared by revisiting the events.”

    What’s On TV?
    1st July
    “CBBC marks the anniversary with a hard-hitting drama.”

    The Times – Knowledge
    1st July
    “The small details of the day are well-remembered: the way the whole mobile network went down, so the children had to queue to use the schools phones; some people’s serious belief that the French had done it, in revenge for London winning the Olympic bid. The direction – sporadically diverting into a blipvert montage of kids playing in the playground, or of London going about its business – is ballsy… the cast acquit themselves well, especially Sanchez Adams as Ben while the real standout is Rosie Mahoney as the school bully, Kelly… she pitches the impassive fury of a bitchy girl perfectly…”

    Daily Mirror – We Love Telly!
    1st July
    “A thought provoking children’s drama.”

    The Guardian Guide
    1st July
    “A child’s eye drama of 7/7 that, in its own understated way, says much about the way that tragedy affects us all… There is no overwhelming tragedy for any of the characters, making this an accurate and honest look at the effect terrorist events have on the average person.”

    Daily Mail Weekend
    1st July
    “A well-researched account of the terrorist atrocities that befell London one year ago, seen through the eyes of six children. It works hard to make itself emotionally believable – not all the children are instantly likeable, shiny characters, and react differently to the news of the bombings.”

    The Times Knowledge
    1st July
    “Hard-hitting drama…”

    The Sunday Times Culture
    2nd July
    “Marking the first anniversary of last summer’s terrorist atrocities in London, this impressive children’s drama switches the focus from commuters to an inner-city school…”

    The People – Take It Easy
    2nd July
    “We tend to forget how the 7/7 bombings affected our children at the time – especially watching the emotional reactions of their parents, which is why this superb one-off drama is worth sitting down and watching with your kids…The real radio and TV footage and naturalistic performances make this an eerily convincing, gripping experience.”

    The Sunday Telegraph
    2nd July
    “That Summer Day retells the story through the eyes of pupils at a London school in a simple, moving drama.”

    The Observer
    2nd July
    “The key to any good children’s drama is to make it believable and this is."

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THAT SUMMER DAY

Jon East PRO

Here you will find the BAFTA winning film THAT SUMMER DAY that I executive produced (together with Mark Redhead) and directed in 2005/6 for the BBC/Hat Trick Productions.

It was commissioned in the days following the London Transport bomb attacks…


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Here you will find the BAFTA winning film THAT SUMMER DAY that I executive produced (together with Mark Redhead) and directed in 2005/6 for the BBC/Hat Trick Productions.

It was commissioned in the days following the London Transport bomb attacks of 7/7 in response to the vast number of troubled enquiries received by the BBC from the nation's children. It was an attempt to reflect those concerns and address their many questions in the face of such dreadful events. Over 700 children and young teenagers were interviewed by myself, the writer (Clive Bradley) and the producer (Hannah Pescod) and the script in due course embodies the central themes that came out of those conversations. The film was broadcast on BBC2 and CBBC a year to the day after the events it depicts and went on to win a BAFTA for best drama.

It is presented here in two thirty minute parts.

CONTACT
Jon East
+44 7973 631 884
joneast@mac.com

AGENT
Hugo Young at Independent Talent
+44 207 636 6565
hugoyoung@independenttalent.com

Some previews and reviews of THAT SUMMER DAY follow:

Previews

Sunday People
“Superb one-off drama. An eerily convincing, gripping experience.”

The Observer
“Believable, affecting, involving drama. Unpatronising and always absorbing which should resonate for children and adults alike.”

The Sunday Times
(Pick of the day & Best drama of the week)
“Realistic. Psychologically convincing and touchingly acted, the drama impressively reflects the care that has gone into researching, writing and filming it.”

FRONT ROW - BBC Radio 4
“Extremely well handed, beautifully directed & beautifully shot. Very strong performances.” “Worked very strongly... impressive, a very fresh, original take.” “Very charming and insightful.... nice twists and turns.” “A very fine production.”

Radio Times
This weeks choice.
“Sensitive, thoughtful, poignant and considered.”

PLUS

Pick of the Day etc

Daily Record – “Adults will be moved.”
The Sunday Telegraph – “Moving.”
TV Choice – “Powerful”
WhatsOn TV – “Hard-hitting”
The Herald
TV Quick
Mail on Sunday

Reviews

Evening Standard
13th June
“Powerful scenes include a distraught boy fleeing school to find his father and two women emerging shell-shocked from a Tube station…”

Broadcast
23rd June
“Now, a year later to the day, the BBC1 kids’ drama That Summer Day bravely tackles that subject…”

Daily Record
1st July
“On the first anniversary of the day London was rocked to its core, this poignant drama aims to show what it was like for the children who lived through the events of the bombings…While it focuses on kids, this is by no means a film for children alone – adults will be moved too.”

Radio Times
1st July
This Week’s Choices
“Thoughtful drama exploring the London bombings…Television footage and radio reports from 7 July – none of it gratuitous or gory – is sensitively spliced into the story and drives the narrative of the programme. It’s clear that a lot of care and attention has been devoted to making sure children will be able to follow what’s going on and won’t be overly scared by revisiting the events.”

What’s On TV?
1st July
“CBBC marks the anniversary with a hard-hitting drama.”

The Times – Knowledge
1st July
“The small details of the day are well-remembered: the way the whole mobile network went down, so the children had to queue to use the schools phones; some people’s serious belief that the French had done it, in revenge for London winning the Olympic bid. The direction – sporadically diverting into a blipvert montage of kids playing in the playground, or of London going about its business – is ballsy… the cast acquit themselves well, especially Sanchez Adams as Ben while the real standout is Rosie Mahoney as the school bully, Kelly… she pitches the impassive fury of a bitchy girl perfectly…”

Daily Mirror – We Love Telly!
1st July
“A thought provoking children’s drama.”

The Guardian Guide
1st July
“A child’s eye drama of 7/7 that, in its own understated way, says much about the way that tragedy affects us all… There is no overwhelming tragedy for any of the characters, making this an accurate and honest look at the effect terrorist events have on the average person.”

Daily Mail Weekend
1st July
“A well-researched account of the terrorist atrocities that befell London one year ago, seen through the eyes of six children. It works hard to make itself emotionally believable – not all the children are instantly likeable, shiny characters, and react differently to the news of the bombings.”

The Daily Telegraph
1st July
“It always takes a while for really seismic events to feel manageable in any kind of art; this children’s drama dealing with 7/7 copes admirably today, exactly one year on… It’s simplistic, of course, but there are still real truths, bolstered by a powerful faith in London and in humanity.”

The Times Knowledge
1st July
“Hard-hitting drama…”

The Sunday Times Culture
2nd July
“Marking the first anniversary of last summer’s terrorist atrocities in London, this impressive children’s drama switches the focus from commuters to an inner-city school…”

The People – Take It Easy
2nd July
“We tend to forget how the 7/7 bombings affected our children at the time – especially watching the emotional reactions of their parents, which is why this superb one-off drama is worth sitting down and watching with your kids…The real radio and TV footage and naturalistic performances make this an eerily convincing, gripping experience.”

The Sunday Telegraph
2nd July
“That Summer Day retells the story through the eyes of pupils at a London school in a simple, moving drama.”

The Observer
2nd July
“The key to any good children’s drama is to make it believable and this is, particularly when Kelly’s casual bullying of Ayesha gradually blossoms to outright racism as the news of the bombs filters through… This is an unpatronising and always absorbing drama, one which should resonate for children and adults alike.”

The Big Issue
3rd July
“It’s amazing to hear him [Ben Sanchez] say this – I for one have watched hours of news and documentary about the bombings but have never once heard any discussion of how it affected kids at school… This quirky and moving little drama goes some way towards filling that gap, and is directed at the audience that most needs to be involved and brought back into the discussion about events…”

Daily Telegraph
7th July
“It always takes a while for really seismic events to feel manageable in any kind of art; this children’s drama dealing with 7/7 copes admirably today, exactly one year on… It’s simplistic of course, but there are still real truths, bolstered by a powerful faith in London and in humanity.”

Daily Record
7th July
“For one of the most interesting and unique approaches to the first anniversary of the 7/7 terror attacks, check out this one-hour drama from Children’s BBC.”

Newsnight Review
7th July
Natasha Walter “I thought it was really great…there were a series of ripples which resonated around it which I thought were just fantastic… Although it was sentimental it still has that hard edge, portrayed especially well by the school bully – she was just fantastic…I really liked the way that they let kids be so intelligent in it…”
Kwame Kwei-Armah “It was a piece about Britain and about London on that day and it was really responsible of the writer and the BBC to look at it and put these people together… Most importantly, what the piece does so well is combine school bullying with global bullying which is so important when we actually work out power… Sometimes when you see programmes made for children the adult actors aren’t necessarily always that good and I think uniformally all the actors in this played beautiful, sensitive performances who gave space for the young actors to fulfil their potential… It was emotional and I cried, I cried because I found it very touching and it brought me back to the day and the time of fear and worrying about what was happening and what was happening to my family and my kids – I just think it is just so wonderful…”
Mark Kermode “I think it’s a real credit to CBBC; this is entirely the sort of drama they should be doing and they should be very, very proud of it… I think the drama does set out to teach us the way in which people should integrate… It dealt with so much stuff and with such an even hand, I think only in Britain could we produce that kind of drama this soon after the event.”
Sarfraz Manzoor “One thing I really liked especially was that children ended up looking out for and looking after the parents…”

Independent On Sunday (ABC)
9th July
“Plunge into mid-afternoon TV and you normally get a singing, dancing slice of kid-die mind-rot. But at 4.30 on Friday there was an unexpected highlight: That Summer Day… It was an atmospheric (remember that Crazy Frog ring tone?) and nicely observed (parents hugging their children at the school gates as if they’d been parted for months, not just one traumatic day) and captured all the resilience and innocent callousness of children. It was so much easier to watch than the forthcoming adults 7/7 drama, tracing the bombers last journey, will be…”

The Daily Telegraph
10th July
“On a weekend dominated by the World Cup, Wimbledon and Rose’s regrettable departure from Dr Who, another rather less hyped programme also made a big impression, That Summer Day, was a beautifully made children’s drama that sought to make sense of the weekend’s other big theme, last year’s 7th July bombings in London… There was no panic, no high emotion; just a natural anxiety for friends and loved ones that reflected exactly what it was like to be in London that day but not caught up directly in the tragedy… Like most things in Clive Bradley’s drama, the point wasn’t forced. They were all ‘just kids’ and the day’s events were seen always in the context of their concerns… This equation of terrorism with bullying was a good one, subtly made but forceful and not so very far-fetched. Other hints about the difference between violence and self-defence were also well-made. And it all worked so well because the storyline made realism an essential part of the drama – from the practical problems and tied-up mobile networks to the boredom of hanging around school until the transport system was up and running again. All in all a terrific little drama.”

Daily Express
10th July
“Defenders of the whole ‘kidult’ cult, of course, insist that the best-written children’s books, films and TV are good enough to be enjoyed by grown-ups – grown-ups who haven’t grown up, in my view. Or it was my view until I saw That Summer Day, a vivid drama about the impact of last year’s July 7 bombings on a group of London schoolchildren… Wisely for a programme aimed at the younger audience, the show largely sidestepped the true bloodiness of the bombings, but it didn’t need shock tactics anyway… These weren’t well-mannered stage school kids, with perfect diction and mile-wide smiles. They spoke the Jamaican-accented slang of the north London streets; their moody dialogue was punctuated by constant crisp-eating and text messaging. Even the school band – prevented from going on a long-anticipated trip by the blasts – sounded authentically out of tune. In this way, by giving us a more truthful picture of school life than Grange Hill ever could, the film made certain that we felt the shock of the bomb blasts as if they’d been at the end of our own streets. Amid the deluge of ‘one year later’ telly crowding our screens, this was the one programme that truly deserved to be there.”



Entire list of press which ran something on That Summer Day !

IN DATE ORDER:

NEWSPAPERS

The Observer – Feature - (Producer, Exec. Producer, Writer and Director interviewed) 14/05

The Evening Standard –Feature -(Producer, Exec. Producer, Writer and Director interviewed) 20/06

Media Guardian – Feature - (Producer, Exec. Producer, Writer and Director interviewed) 1/07

Daily Record – Preview -1/07

The Guardian Guide – Preview -1/07

The Daily Telegraph – Preview -1/07

The Times (Knowledge) – Preview -1/07

The Observer – Preview – 2/07

The Big Issue – Preview – 3/07

Daily Telegraph – Preview -7/07

Daily Record – Preview-7/07

Evening Standard – Preview -7/07

Observer – Review -9/07

Daily Telegraph – Review -10/07

Daily Express – Review -10/07


SUPPLEMENTS

Herald – The Guide - Preview -1/07

Daily Mail Weekend – Preview -1/07

The Sunday Times Culture – Preview – 2/07

The Sunday Telegraph – Preview – 2/07

Sunday Herald Magazine – Preview -2/07

Times Educational Supplement – Feature – (Producer interviewed) 7/07

Independent On Sunday (ABC) – Review 9/07


TRADE

Broadcast ‘In Production’ –Feature – (Producer, Exec. Producer, Director and Writer interviewed) 23/06

The Stage – Preview – 3/07


CHILDREN

Learning Is Fun –Mention -21/06

First News – Preview -30/06

Right Start Magazine -Feature-1/07


TV & RADIO

BBC Radio 4 (Front Row) –.Review -28/06

BBC Radio 3 – Nightwaves –Review -3/07

BBC Look North – Feature- (Member of cast interviewed) 4/07

Big Toe Radio –BBC7 Feature – (Producer interviewed) 5/07

BBC Radio N. Ireland –Feature – (Member of cast and Writer interviewed)-5/07

BBC Asian Network Sonia Deol Breakfast Show –(Member of cast interviewed)-5/07

BBC Breakfast – (Producer and member of cast interviewed) - 6/07

Newsnight Review – 7/07

Newsround Website – (Director and Producer interviewed) -7/07

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation – (Director interviewed) 7/07


REGIONAL

Grimsby Evening Telegraph –Feature –(Member of Cast interviewed) 16/06

Lifestyle Grimsby Magazine – Feature – (Member of Cast and Producer interviewed) 3/07


LISTINGS

Radio Times ‘Inside Section’ Feature- (Producer and Writer interviewed) -1/07

Radio Times – Preview – 1/07

TV Quick – Preview – 1/07

TV Choice – Preview – 1/07

Sun TV Mag – Preview 1/07

Daily Star TV Mag – 1/07

Radio Times – Preview -1/07

What’s On TV? – Preview -1/07

Daily Mirror – We Love Telly! – Preview -1/07

The People – Take It Easy – Preview – 2/07

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