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Richard Alwyn

Documentary and fiction director and writer for film.

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Biography

Richard Alwyn is an award-winning film maker and writer with a distinguished track record in documentary and fact-based drama. His feature length film, The Beslan Siege, which chronicled the hostage crisis of September 2004, won the Prix d'Italia and was chosen by Observer television critic Kathryn Flett as one of her ten television highlights of the decade.

Richard's incisive and instructive documentaries have included a critically acclaimed series on The Catholics for BBC4 and subjects as diverse as suicide, spritualism and Margaret Thatcher.

Richard also executive produced BBC Films' BIFA nominated Shooting Dogs, which starred Hugh Dancy and John Hurt.


CV

Television
Director
Copacabana Palace 2014

 
Director Richard Alwyn

A documentary about Rio

Cathedrals 3 x 60'
2013
Wingspan Productions for BBC4
Producer Richard Alwyn
Director Richard Alwyn

Three part series going behind the scenes at three Cathedrals in England

Young Margaret: Life, Love & Letters 1 x 90'
2013
October Films for BBC2
Producer Alexandra Henderson
Director Richard Alwyn
Writer Richard Alwyn

Documentary on the young Margaret Thatcher, based on Charles Moore's official biography

Catholics 3 x 60'
2012
Wingspan Productions for BBC4
Producer Archie Baron
Director Richard Alwyn

Three films exploring the agonies and ecstasies of being Catholic in Britain today

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Waterlog 2010
BBC Productions
In development
Producer Hilary Salmon
Director Richard Alwyn
Writer Simon Beaufoy

Adaptation of Roger Deakin's book about free swimming across the United Kingdom

In Search Of Wabi Sabi 1 x 90'
2009
KEO Films for BBC4
Director Richard Alwyn

Marcel Theroux travels across Japan in an attempt to understand the elusive concept of Wabi Sabi

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Talking to the Dead 1 x 60'
2009
Ronachan Films for Channel Four
Director Richard Alwyn

Acclaimed documentary examining belief, faith and the afterlife filmed at a Walthamstow spiritualist church

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This World: Child Slavery 1 x 90'
2007
BBC Productions for BBC2
Producer Barbara Arvanitidis
Director Richard Alwyn
Starring Rageh Omaar

Documentary chronicling modern day child slavery throughout the world

Samuel Johnson: The Dictionary Man 1 x 60'
2006
October Films for BBC4
Producer Paul Kerr
Director Richard Alwyn
Writer Richard Alwyn
Starring Roger Ashton-Griffiths

Drama documentary telling the story of Samuel Johnson and the creation of the first English dictionary

If We Stop Giving Aid To Africa 1 x 60'
2005
BBC Productions for BBC2
Producer Alan Eyres
Director Richard Alwyn
Writer Richard Alwyn
Starring Emily Bruni & Aislinn Sands

Drama documentary imagining what would happen if the west ended its aid programmes in Africa

The Beslan Siege 1 x 120'
2005
October Films for Discovery Networks Europe
Producer Liana Pomeranzev
Director Richard Alwyn

Award winning documentary exploring the Beslan school massacre.

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This World: American Virgins 1 x 60'
2004
BBC Productions for BBC2
Director Richard Alwyn

Documentary about an American faith-based abstinence programme that promotes sexual purity rather than sex education.

Stopping Distance 1 x 65'
2003
BBC Films for BBC2
Producer Jamie Laurenson
Director Richard Alwyn
Writer Kate Gartside

Acclaimed teen drama depicting events leading up to and in the aftermath of a rape

MBC Productions for Channel 4
Director Richard Alwyn

Documentary portrait of a Japanese social phenomenon

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Cheer Up Kevin Keegan! 1 x 60'
2000
Wark Clements for Channel 4
Director Richard Alwyn

The travails of manager Kevin Keegan as he attempts to shepherd his England team through the Euro 2000 qualifiers

Modern Times: Come On England! 1 x 60'
1998
BBC Productions for BBC2
Producer Stephen Lambert
Director Richard Alwyn

Documentary following a group of boys in Liverpool supporting England in the 1998 World Cup

BBC Productions for BBC2
Producer Richard Alwyn
Director Richard Alwyn

Highly acclaimed documentary depicting a nation in mourning in the aftermath of the death of Princess Diana

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Modern Times: A Pleasant Land 1 x 60'
1996
BBC Productions for BBC2
Director Richard Alwyn

Documentary chronicling life on a small Dartmoor farm throughout the BSE crisis

Film
Writer
Plainsong Feature
2012
Crossday Productions
In development
Producer Pippa Cross & David Belton
Writer Richard Alwyn

Adaptation of the best-selling novel by Kent Haruf about the interlocking lives of a rural community in Colorado

Writer and Director
A Bride for Marial Feature
2009
CrossDay Productions for BBC Films
In development
Producer Pippa Cross, Jamie Laurenson & David Thompson
Director Richard Alwyn
Writer Richard Alwyn

Against a back-drop of famine and war, a young herdsmen in South Sudan is determined to marry the girl of his dreams

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Executive Producer & Co-writer original story
Shooting Dogs Feature
2004
CrossDay Productions for BBC Films
Producer David Belton
Director Michael Caton-Jones
Writer David Wolstencroft
Starring Hugh Dancy & John Hurt

Acclaimed film.  A Catholic priest and a young teacher provide sanctuary for Tutsis during the Rwandan genocide of 1994.