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Stuart Briggs has been an editor for 40 years making innovative and highly regarded documentaries and dramas. He has developed working relationships with many influential directors, cutting films across the whole spectum of TV and cinema production, many of which have won drama and documentarty awards. Have a look at the Awards section of the website. Stuart is also known for his great sense of humour and for his outstanding musical knowledge.

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LSings“My Asian Family – The Musical”   60″
A joyous spectacle of song and dance, exploring one Asian family and the life they made for themselves in Leicester after being expelled from Uganda by Idi Amin.

Dir: Brian Hill. Century Films for BBC2 & 4

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Troubles“The Life After”    80″

History of the Irish ‘Troubles’ realised through the testament
of five individuals who lost family members.
Context is given by Nick Laird, in the form of poetry.

Dir: Brian Hill. Century Films for Irish Film Board. Theatrical release & BBC2

Galway Film Festival 2018

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Civs“Civilisations” 2 x 60″ (Parts 4 & 5 of 9)

The biggest BBC arts series to be produced for 50 years. With Simon Schama on Landscape and
Renaissances.

Dir: Ashley Gething. Nutopia for BBC1/PBS

 

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Secret Agent “Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents” (1 x 60″)

Part 1 of a 3 part series. This three-part series uncovers the network of spymasters and secret agents that helped protect Queen Elizabeth I from assassination, terror and treason for over 40 years.

Dir: Chris Durlacher. 72 Films for BBC2

Winner RTS Best History Series 2018
  Nominated Best Specialist Factual Bafta 2018

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screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-17-08-20“Soundscapes at National Gallery” (6 x 5″)

6 leading contempory musicians and sound artists compose
exclusive new works inspired by paintings from The National
Gallery collection. Shown in the NG as part of the exhibition.
They are not dictated by a formula, but driven by
the artists themselves in both style and content.
Audio artists: Nico Muhly, Gabriel Yared, Chris Watson, Janet Cardiff,
Susan Philipsz and Jamie XX.

Dir: Ashley Gething. Oxford Film & TV for National Gallery.

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screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-17-40-06“Cherry Cake” (13″)

Short drama with Matthew Kelly and a lovely 86 year old

actress called Eve Pierce.Sexual politics in the garden.

Dir: Jaine Green. For festival & theatrical release

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“F is for Food” (5’42”)

3 short films made by Tiny Cinema commissioned by

NGO Church of Sweden.

They try to illustrate how regeneration projects can positively transform people’s lives when they are based on roots-up, locally run, participatory processes that work alongside people and address their actual needs and wants – harnessing their skill, energy and will for change rather than imposing top-down solutions.

Directed by Sonali Fernando.

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“Who Killed the Princes in the Tower?” 60′
Experts sift the clues, but don’t really know.

Dir: Ashley Gething.
Oxford Films for Ch4

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DV8 John “John” Trailer
Preview for new production by DV8

Dir: Lloyd Newson.
DV8 Physical Theatre

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Screen Shot 2014-12-30 at 14.46.06“Thomas Quick: Serial Killer”  90”
Additional editing for dramadoc.

 Dir: Brian Hill. Film4/BFI

 

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“Ian Hislop’s Olden Days”

2 x 60”
How history is manipulated to support the political ideas of the time.

Dir: Ashley Gething. Wingspan for BBC2

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Screen Shot 2014-12-29 at 16.44.17“The Americans in Bed” 80” & 60”
Funny and moving film about relationships.Shot formally with couples in two-shot, in bed.

Dir: Philippa Robinson. HBO USA

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“Donald Campbell: Speedking” 60”
A re-assessment of the legacy of Donald Campbell using original family archive and interviews.

Dir: Ashley Gething. Tern TV for BBC2

 

Nominated Best History Documentary Grierson Documentary Awards 2013
Nominated Best Factual Documentary RTS Scotland Awards 2014

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Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 18.07.54“The American Roadtrip: Obama’s Journey” 48”
Matt Frei, the ITN Washington political correspondent,takes to the road in a pickup truck to guage the thoughts of middle America towards the possible re-election of Obama.

Dir: Ashley Gething. Oxford Film & TV for Ch4

 

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“Welcome to the World” 60” & 75”
One of nine films commissioned by a worldwide group of broadcasters on the theme of poverty. Our film deals with Infant and maternal mortality in Sierra Leone, Cambodia, USA and the UK.

Dir: Brian Hill. Century Films for BBC1 & Steps International
Chosen for competition IDFA Amsterdam 2012
Nominated Best History Documentary
Grierson Documentary Awards 2013

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“Undercover Cop” 48” & 75”
The story of Mark Kennedy/Stone, the detective who spent seven years infiltrating groups of environmental activists around Europe. Now he’s been cut loose from the police and the activists, he’s not sure who he is. A Cutting Edge.

Dir: Brian Hill. Century Films for CH4
Chosen for CPH:Dox Copenhagen Film Festival 2011

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streets-tx-REVERDY“London’s Secret Streets” 1 of 6 x 60”
A look at the history of London over the last 150 years. Through the eyes of the current residents of six key London Streets.

Dir: Brian Hill. Century Films for BBC2
Winner RTS Best Documentary Series Award 2013
Nominated Best Documentary Series
Grierson Documentary Awards 2013
Winner Audience Best Documentary
Grierson Documentary Awards 2013

 

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Screen Shot 2014-12-29 at 17.05.11“Dangerous Roads – Peru” 60”
What it says really. Hugh Dennis and Ben Fogle annoy each other through the mountains and jungles of Peru in search of the lost Capital.

Dir: Leo Burley. Renegade for BBC2
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“Kids in the Middle” 60”
Keith only sees his three young daughters for two hours every fortnight, under supervision and on neutral ground in a contact centre in Portsmouth. This painfully intimate film anatomises what passes for family life when there is no mutual trust between parents.

Dir: Brian Hill. Century Films for BBC4

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The-Bigamist-BrideTX“The Bigamist Bride: My Five Husbands” 75”
Emily Horne is a tabloid wet dream: a giddy mixture of sex, deceit and betrayal. At the age of 30 she’s been married five times but she never bothered to get divorced.
Shocking, dramatic and sometimes funny, this Cutting Edge film, a very modern tale of a singular young woman, is approached in a serious and non-tabloid way.

Dir: BrianHill. Century Films for Ch4

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“The Finishing Line” 30”
In 1996, Jamaican-born Noel was a plasterer in East Germany when neo-Nazis threw a concrete block through his car window. The crash left him paralysed from the neck down.
The film chronicles the hell of Noels existence as he explains why he plans to end his life at a Swiss euthanasia clinic.

Dir: Estephan Wagner. First Cut for Ch4
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Tourettes I Swear I Can't Help It TX card web“Tourettes – I Swear I Can’t Help it” 60”
The third follow-up film about Tourettes sufferer John Davidson, first filmed in 1986, this film tracks changes in societies attitudes and how they affect John.

Dir: Philippa Robinson. BBC1

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“Climate of Change” 90”
Film about ordinary people around the world who are making a stand and trying to do something about climate change. Filmed on location in five continents from the frozen Arctic to the rainforest of Papua New Guinea to the streets of Mumbai.

Dir: Brian Hill. Participant for theatrical release.
Chosen for USA distribution @ Tribeca 2010

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“The Station” 3 x 30”
Filmed over 2 years, the story of the building of the new St Pancras station, seen as a battle between art and commerce.

Dir: Anthony Wonke. BBC2
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The Not Dead - 5-10-07“The Not-Dead” 75”
Three returning soldiers give testament to the horrors of war and how it has affected them. With poetry by Simon Armitage.

Dir: Brian Hill. Century Films for Ch4
Nominated Best Single Contemporary Documentary
Grierson Documentary Awards 2008

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I's Brief“Rough Justice: The Innocents’ Brief” 60”
Law students attempt to find evidence to overturn a possible miscarriage of justice.

Dir: Cathy Elliot. BBC1

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Consent“Consent” 103”
This film starts out as a scripted drama and turns into a courtroom documentary with real barristers, judge and a jury selected from the electoral roll.

Dir: Brian Hill. Century Films for Ch4

Winner Best Drama- Documentary
Grierson Awards 2007

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This World – “Black & White & Red All Over” 40”
A look at production of the Daily Sun newspaper in Johannesburg, the first paper to target township readers.

Dir: Kate Townsend. BBC2
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Boys who...“The Boys Who Killed Stephen Lawrence” 60”
The doc that forced a new investigation by the IPPC into corruption at the Met and eventuaslly leads to the trial that sent two of the gang to gaol.

Dir: Neil Grant. BBC1
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“Nine Days that Shook London” 75”
Not a current affairs review of Live8/G8/Olympic bid/bombs week, more of a poetic/political look at what it meant

to be a Londoner in that week.

Dir: Sonali Fernando. BBC2
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Songbirds“Songbirds” 65”
Musical doc set in women’s prison.

Dir: Brian Hill. Century Films for Ch4
Sundance Festival 2006 World Documentary Competition
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S'House“Slaughterhouse: The Task of Blood” 60”
Film reflecting working class life in a Northern abattoir.

Dir: Brian Hill. Century Films for BBC2
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“Grandchild of the Holocaust” 60”
Granny Rene, a survivor of Auschwitz and Belsen, takes Grandson Adrian, 13, back to Poland to tell him the family history.

Dir: Lorraine Charker. BBC1
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“My Crazy Family” 2 x 50”
Two films following the children of parents who are mentally disturbed. Prescription drug addiction, self-harm, depression and suicide.

Dir: Morgan Mathews. Century Films for Ch4

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“The Cost of Living” 36”
A weird and wonderful dance/drama performed by the physical theatre group DV8

Dir: Lloyd Newson. DV8 films for Ch4

Won 10 awards including New York, Toronto & Athens Film Festivals, Prix Italia in Milan 05

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“Bella and the Boys” 76”
The opening drama for the BBC2 “Taking Care” series about kids in care. With Billie Piper.

Dir: Brian Hill. Century Films for BBC2

Nominated BAFTA Best New Writer 2004
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Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 17.30.17“RudeGirls” 90”
A film about the fragile lives of potentially violent teenagers.

Dir: Morgan Mathews. Century Films for BBC2
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Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 17.11.17“Pornography-The Musical” 50”
Documentary with songs performed by Porn stars, written by Simon Armitage, music by Simon Boswell.

Dir: Brian Hill. Century Films for Ch4
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Carehouse“Care House” 96”
Moving portrait about people that have fallen through the net of social services, having spent most of their lives in prison or mental institutions, and an unusual couple who invite these people into their home.

Dir: Morgan Mathews. Century Films for BBC4/BBC2
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 “Faking It – Ballroom Dancer” 76”
Kick boxer to ballroom dancer.

Dir: Jonathan Smith. RDF for Ch4
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Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 16.49.13“Hanging On” 64”
Powerful drama with Hermione Norris and Mark Strong about domestic violence.

Dir: Brian Hill. Century Films for Ch4
Winner Bafta Best New Director of Fiction 2003
Winner Bafta Best New Writer 2003

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Crackhouse“Crackhouse” 59”
A very intimate and personal film about four women in Toxteth, A highly unusual film about drugs, made from inside the crackhouse community.

Dir: Lawrence Turnbull/Carl John. Strong Films for BBC2
Winner Best Single Contemporary Documentary
Grierson Documentary Awards 2003

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“Nobody Someday” 94”
Feature film doc about Robbie Williams on tour.

Dir: Brian Hill. Century Films for IE Music, UIP & Ch4

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*Cowslife“Poor Cow” 50”
A year in the life of a cow is used to look at the state of the nation through farming policy. Told as a Grim tale.

Dir: Brian Hill. Century Films for Ch4
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*1giantleap“1GiantLeap – God” 25”
Promo for the world music group about their travels, gathering music and ideas for their philosophy of unity through diversity.
IE Music for theatrical release.
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 “Born to be Different” 50”
The first year of life for six babies born with a variety of physical disabilities. Made on a “7 Up” principle with a future series in mind.

Dir: Patricia Murphy. Ricochet for Ch4
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“Everyman: Carole’s Children” 50”
About a contact centre in Leeds that provides neutral ground for warring parents to see their kids under supervision. Mainly told from the children’s perspective.

Dir: Dominique Walker. BBC1
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*Factsoflife“The Facts of Life” 50”
History of sex education since the twenties, illustrated through sex education films and those who watched them.

Dir: Jenny de Yong. Carlton for Ch4
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24 hours“Alt TV: 24 Hours” 28”
24 one-minute films about London made by 24 directors.

Dir: Katie Bailiff. Century Films for Ch4
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*Tyre“The Tyre” 10”
A short drama taken from a Simon Armitage poem about a tractor tyre that wreaks havoc in a small Yorkshire village.

Dir: Brian Hill. Century Films for Ch4 & Theatrical
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Facemakers“Horizon: The Facemakers” 50”
A team of English and American surgeons take their operating theatres to the Philippines and operate on 300 kids in three weeks. One child gets special treatment in the USA.

Dir: Katie Bailiff. Century Films for BBC1
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“The Millennium Poem: Killing Time” 80”
A film combining documentary, poetry, animation and drama. Based on the thousand-line poem by Simon Armitage.

Dir: Brian Hill. Century Films for Ch4
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J Joan“Inside Story: Justice for Joan” 50”
How the murderer of lawyer Joan Francisco in 1994 was finally brought to trial in 1999. A heroic and historic battle with the British legal system.

Dir: Neil Grant. BBC1

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“Real Life: Burglars” 50”
Two old lags considering retirement after a lifetime of thieving laugh in the faces of their victims and the police.

Dir: Brian Hill. Century Films for ITV
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*Nightshjft“Nightshift Dayshift” 14”
Black and white drama. A dark tale of competition in the workplace.

Dir: Nick O’Dwyer. Century Films for Ch4

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“Love Town” 5 x 30”
Soapy series about the wedding industry in the fabled town North of the border.

Dir: Helen Richards. BBC1

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 “Cutting Edge: Deadly Races” 50”
Why do ten motorcyclists kill themselves every year at the Isle of Man TT races?

Dir: Howard Reid. Juniper for Ch4

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Drink for E“Modern Times: Drinking for England” 50”
Alcohol as the drug of choice for the nation.The art of British drinking. Barbaric and gruesome!

Dir: Brian Hill. Century Films for BBC2

Winner of 1998 RTS award for Best Documentary
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*Chair“Secret History: The Chair” 50”
Story of the electric chair. Barbaric and gruesome!

Dir: Nick O’Dwyer. RDF for Ch4

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PolAmbs “Political Ambitions” 3 x 50”
Three part series, filmed over two years, on the fortunes of seven would-be politicians trying to find a new life in Parliament

Dir: Brian Hill. 20/20 for Ch4
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Pommies2 “Pommies” 3 x 50”
Series on whingeing prisoners of the motherland. Shot and cut in Oz.

Dir: Brian Hill. Century Films/Cicada for Ch 4
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“Modern Times: Mange Tout” 50”
The life and times of a vegetable and all who touch it!
Dir: Mark Phillips. BBC2

Winner of 1997 RTS award for Editing
Winner of 1997 One World Broadcasting Trust
Award for Best Television documentary

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Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 12.25.15 “Modern Times: Dog Trouble” 50”
Society gone to the dogs?

Dir: Nick O’Dwyer. BBC2

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Test“Cutting Edge: The Test” 50”
Examiner and driver alike are tested to see if they are fit to join us on the open roads. They are not.

Dir: John Fothergill. Adventure Films for Ch4
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“True Stories: The Trouble with Marriage” 74”
What happened to the institution of marriage in the last 16 years told by people who married in 1981, the same year as Charles and Diana

Dir: Brian Hill. Century/Real Life for Ch4

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“Modern Times: Saturday Night in Leeds” 50”
The British try to enjoy themselves with mixed results.

Dir: Brian Hill. Century Films for BBC2
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*Toiughlove“Cutting Edge: Tough Love” 50”
New American probation system for the most violent and uncontrollable juvenile offenders of Enfield

Dir: Brian Hill. Diverse for Ch4
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Over 100 films on 16mm and tape up to 1994

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