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Feature Documentary Neither Confirm Nor Deny will release in the US on 22nd September on Amazon and Apple TV!

August 29, 2023

“Working with the exemplary team at Onsight on the  post-production of Neither Confirm nor Deny was an extremely positive experience.  Nothing was too much trouble and both the personal care and professionalism from the team made for a very happy creative process from start to way beyond the finishing and delivery line.  I couldn’t recommend them more. Thank you, Onsight.” – Sheryl Crown, Producer (www.rubiconpictures.co.uk)

Directed by Philip Carter, Neither Confirm Nor Deny tells the incredible story of the CIA secret mission to recover a lost nuclear Soviet submarine after sinking three miles deep in  the Pacific Ocean in 1968.

The feature documentary was developed and produced by Sheryl Crown. It is a Northern Stories, Idless and New Sparta Production with producers  Maggie Monteith and Chris Simon respectively. Josh Green is Associate Producer. There is a scripted feature film of Neither Confirm nor Deny in development simultaneously with Scott Free in LA. The film will be released and is available in the United States from the 22nd September, and will have a UK Premiere at the Aldeburgh Documentary Festival as the opening film on the 17th November.

OnSight provided full finishing post production for Neither Confirm Nor Deny, overseen by Lead Post Producer Jeff Halsey. Our creative team for the project consisted of Senior Colourist Andy Lee, Senior Online Editor Adam Sample and Sound Supervisor Andy Coles.

‘Neither Confirm Nor Deny was an enjoyable challenge from a sound design point of view, to keep the audio true to the sounds of the Cold War era, and combine drama reconstruction and documentary.’ – Andy Coles, Sound Supervisor.

At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet nuclear submarine K-129 sank in mysterious circumstances. Despite a massive secret search, the Soviets never found their missing submarine – but the Americans located it. 

The CIA hatched the ‘Azorian Program’, the code name for their greatest covert operation spanning six years, to bring up the sub and its nuclear  secrets, in plain view. They did this using a cover story involving a fictitious ocean mining enterprise fronted by the reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes. Using the Hughes Glomar Explorer, a vessel built specifically for the salvage job, the Americans attempted to lift the K129 from the ocean floor. When their cover is later blown by legendary investigative journalists of the day, thorns in the side of the Nixon, Kissinger Administration, the CIA crafted what is known as the ‘Glomar Response’ a response that has become all too common and known for making journalists roll their eyes: ‘We can neither Confirm nor Deny’.

Our sincerest condolences go out to the family, friends, and colleagues of Philip Carter, director of Neither Confirm Nor Deny, who has recently passed away.