'The Budgie Man' is Don Crown, who busks on the South Bank with his budgerigars. He's been doing it for about twenty years, and has even been in a film with Peter Sellars. I went to meet him in his home town of Ilford, Essex, to see what makes him and his budgies tick. Filmed and edited by Donal Coonan. All music by Don Crown (The Budgie Man).
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The life story of the first British NBA star John Amaechi acted out by three actors at different stages of his life in an action and poetic format, with each actor playing against us the audience. The focused teenager with strong future goals, the NBA star dedicated to his team, who was also the first ever gay NBA basketball player to come out and now the philanthropist who is not in it for the fame game. Amaechi, who was raised in Manchester by a single parent and shot to stardom in the US, returned to the UK after retiring and now supports various youth, gay and diversity charities as well as being a psychologist, a BBC commentator and a motivational speaker. Cast Jason Lewis John Amaechi aged 17 Habib Nader John Amaechi aged 25 Steve Toussaint John Amaechi aged 38 Crew Writer\Director\Producer Sunny Midha Cinematographer John Lee Camera Operator Gareth Harefoot Camera Assistant Benn Peacock Sound Mixer\Boom Jeet Thakrar Assistant Vivi Catherine.
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A look at the life of Dorothy Tyler, the last surviving Olympian from the 1936 Berlin Games. Written, shot, edited, produced and directed by Kevin Curtis. Music by Jason Chatwin.
"SuperBob" Bob Kenner lives in Peckham. He is a Superhero. This is the first time he has granted an interview. Cast: Bob Kenner - Brett Goldstein Doris - Jen Brister Crew: Producer - Simon Balch Production Manager - Amelia Franklin Editors - Peta Ridley & Jon Drever Writer & Director - Jon Drever.
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For the Bees - A short documentary on Bedfordshire based beekeeper Gill Sentinella. When considering the brief, I wanted to explore the idea of a 'local hero' through the belief that ordinary people doing extraordinary things, have the potential to make a difference to the lives of others. Following a personal interest in environmental stories, I sourced Gill through a network of friends, as she represents someone doing good for the wider world. I worked alone, shooting on my HD camera - getting the audio as well as editing, mixing and grading on my Mac.