WINDFALL FILMS ANNOUNCES TWO FIRST CUT DOCUMENTARIES FOR CHANNEL 4
Thursday 17th August 2017: Windfall Films, part of Argonon Group, announces two new commissions for Channel 4’s First Cut documentary strand for emerging directorial talent.
The first documentary to air will be White Kid Brown Kid, following two girls from very different worlds as they try to become friends in one of Britain’s most racially segregated towns. Dewsbury in West Yorkshire is home to a growing Asian Muslim community with parts of the town 98% Asian, whilst other parts remain totally white.
Told with honesty and humour, this film follows 16-year-old Siobhan and 17-year-old Farhana as they cross the racial divide and step into one another’s world for the very first time. What unfolds is a timely story that highlights the complexities of integration. As the girls face their differences they find themselves navigating both family and community concerns. Pushed beyond their comfort zone, how far can their friendship go?
White Kid Brown Kid is produced and directed by Luned Tonderai under executive produce Ian Duncan.
The Surgeon’s Apprentice follows three generations of neurosurgeons at St George’s hospital London, at crucial transitions in their lives. Henry Marsh, best-selling author of the memoir Do No Harm, has recently retired as Senior Consultant, but he continues to train future generations of surgeons. He has trained his protégée, Tim Jones, to succeed him and he, in turn, is training junior surgeon, David Baxter, as he prepares for his final qualifying exam.
When neurosurgeons operate, they carry a heavy burden. They know that a small movement of their tools could deprive a patient of movement, speech or memory. This film examines how they deal with that responsibility and pass it on from one generation to the next, via the most daunting apprenticeship in medicine. The surgeons themselves are disarmingly frank, open and reflective about the consequences of their decisions. The Surgeon’s Apprentice shines a light on the emotional, ethical and psychological dilemmas of a uniquely challenging profession.
The producer/director on The Surgeon’s Apprentice is Sara Kandasamy and executive producer is David Dugan.
David Dugan, CEO, Windfall Films says: “These two First Cut documentaries could not be more different in approach and content, but they’ve both been made with incredible passion and commitment by up-and-coming directors Luned Tonderai and Sara Kandasamy.”