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Rising Phoenix - Passion Pictures

26th July, 2021

‘Rising Phoenix’, a ground-breaking movie about the Paralympic Movement, will premiere in over 190 countries worldwide on Netflix. The film release was planned to coincide with Tokyo 2020 but will now form an important part of the celebrations leading up to the Paralympic Games next year. The film is directed by BAFTA-nominated directors Ian Bonho╠éte and Peter Ettedgui and produced by John Battsek of two-time Academy Award winning Passion Pictures (One Day in September, Searching for Sugar Man) and Greg Nugent of HTYT Films. 

Rising Phoenix has been shortlisted for Best Sports Documentary at The Grierson Awards 2021!

Producer Barbara Broccoli OBE (James Bond franchise) and BAFTA winning and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Richard Curtis CBE (Yesterday, Love Actually) serve as Executive Producers together with accomplished US Paralympian Tatyana McFadden and former International Paralympic Committee CEO Xavier Gonzalez.

The film charts the story of how one man’s vision that sport can deliver purpose to people with a disability sparked a movement which over half a century has grown into the third biggest event on the planet. The filmmakers blend never-before-seen archive footage through to the extraordinary stories of today’s athletes, leaders and visionaries. A range of renowned Paralympians from around the world appear in the film including Jonnie Peacock MBE (Great Britain), Jean Baptiste Alaize (France), Beatrice “Bebe” Vio (Italy), and Tatyana McFadden (USA).

BOARDERS

20th July, 2021

‘Working with OnSight has been an absolute pleasure. They have supported the project from the very beginning and we couldn’t have made the film without them. They truly worked with us, we felt truly supported by OnSight throughout.’  Jasmin Morrison - Producer

From underground to Olympic sport; Boarders captures the rich culture of the British skate scene. Told through the lives of four British skateboarders as they aim to qualify for the Tokyo Games, where skateboarding will make its debut as an Olympic sport.

With director Annika Ranin, Sean Fee and produced by Annika Ranin and Jasmin Morrison from UnMannered Limited. Boarders premiered at Genesis Cinema on July 16th London with International Sales by Urban Distribution International and Reservoir Docs. The film is being distributed by Bohemia Media in the UK, it is now available on iTunes, Sky Store and the Bohemia Euphoria platform.

Filmed over a period of 12 months, Boarders documents a historical moment in time with skateboarding heading to the Olympics and looks under the surface to discuss what it is like to be a professional skateboarder; with bigger competitions and more money entering the sport, the stakes are higher for everyone involved.

Boarders is a character focused film digging deep into the journeys of a group of British skateboarders who are vying for a spot to represent their country at the pivotal arena of elite sportsmanship, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, where skateboarding will make its debut as a competition sport. Starring: Sam Beckett, Alex Hallford, Jordan Thackeray, Alex deCunha

However, a key talking point within the skateboarding community has been whether the Olympics and the influx of commercial interest it brings will dilute the core values of the culture. With archive footage covering 6 decades of British skateboarding, Boarders looks at the various waves of popularity that skateboarding has undergone and introduces a strong look and feel of what skate culture is in the UK. 

Boarders is visual and distinct in its style - after all skateboarding’s rise to the timeless status could not have happened without photography and film.

Get Back to the Rhythm of Life

12th July, 2021

Celebrities including actors and pop stars are fronting a campaign urging people to get their Covid jab. It sees West End and Emmerdale actress Sandra Marvin and Nicola Roberts, of Girls Aloud, perform The Rhythm Of Life, from 1966 musical Sweet Charity. They are joined by actors Sir Derek Jacobi, Sex Education's Asa Butterfield and comedian David Walliams. A tap-dancing Jim Broadbent concludes the song, saying "just get a vaccination".

The short film, directed by Josie Rourke was released ahead of the NHS's 73rd birthday - with sites across England lit up in blue on Saturday to pay tribute to the work of NHS staff during the pandemic.

The film was produced by Charles Finch and Peregrine Kitchener-Fellowes at Standalone Pictures, Edited by Matthew Cannings, Cinematography by Haris Zambarloukos and Music mix by Sefi Carmel at Soundtrack Creation.

It begins with Broadbent entering an empty theatre before being treated to a star-studded performance of The Rhythm Of Life - later joining in, tap-dancing in a pair of glittery blue shoes.

Don Warrington, Russell Tovey and Colin Salmon also feature in the ensemble song, alongside a chorus line of West End dancers dressed in NHS blue.

Cave Shark

08th July, 2021

Talesmith and OnSight work together again on the Return To The Lair Of The Great White for this year’s Shark Week.

In Western Australia there are more fatal great white attacks than anywhere else on the planet. Shark biologist Dr Craig O’Connell is on a quest to uncover why. On the trail of a five metre, possibly pregnant female named Charlotte, Craig, together with local abalone diver Marc Payne and shark conservationist Madison Stewart want to find out if the attacks are linked to the location of an undiscovered great white nursery lair. 

The team’s quest leads them from Salisbury Island to the edge of the continental shelf, but the prevalence of inquisitive and persistent male sharks promises to scupper their mission as both Charlotte and any juvenile sharks stay away. But after a fisherman’s sighting of a great white pup, they travel to a hidden bay on the edge of the oceanic wilderness, the Great Australian Bight. And here they strike gold - the Holy Grail of white shark science, the elusive Western Australian pupping ground.

In unprecedented scenes, multiple juvenile sharks swarm the divers, and surprise them for their overly aggressive nature, not only knocking over the cage but nearly slipping through the bars. Craig can’t believe his eyes – these sharks seem way more aggressive than any pups he’s ever seen before. Is this proof that Western Australian great whites are simply born more aggressive than others around the world, an adaptation to surviving in this harshest of environments? 

OnSight provided full post production for this captivating documentary, with Andy Lee as colourist, Andy Coles as sound supervisor and Adam Sample as online editor. The documentary will premiere on Discovery’s Shark week starting the 11th July 2021 and Airing Wednesday, July 14 at 10PM ET/PT

RADA

29th June, 2021

After a turbulent year for all students, these RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts) final year alumni have successfully created films in what the industry itself has found, its most challenging year yet for continuing safe production. 

RADA presents five specially commissioned short films, featuring the work of 2020 BA (Hons) Acting graduates and Theatre Production and Costume students working alongside industry professionals. (Introduced by Sir Kenneth Branagh when screened.)

Head of Film, TV & Radio at RADA Pamela Jikiemi, knows the importance for these students to experience a professional post production facility and process despite the pandemic. Like industry professionals these students have worked through the alternative remote processes for remote grade and feedback workflows.  

We welcome RADA student films to OnSight’s post facility. With 5 films created and performed by the RADA alumni in their final year. With the films having the support of Warner Bros Entertainment.