The BAFTA-winning production company Minnow Films is developing two documentary proposals, for which they are looking for input from specialists in war representation. Please read the descriptions below and if you think you may be able to help in any way, get in touch with Ed Hancox at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that at this stage, they are not seeking a filmed interview but rather a research chat.
- ‘The Photograph’: An exploration of how wounded soldiers have been represented photographically, both in history and the present-day. The film would ask provocative questions about how the state and the media have shaped the British public’s perception of wounded servicemen – looking in particular at photographs that were censored or overlooked by the media because they were seen to be potentially damaging to morale.
- ‘Shell Shocked’: a historical documentary on the changing perceptions and treatment of those suffering from war trauma. We are looking for lesser-known examples and case studies of how war trauma has been perceived by the public and medical establishment. WW1 is obviously a milestone, but what lesser-known conflicts changed views of war trauma? Do you know any examples of strange, inhumane or innovative treatments for war trauma? Who are the fascinating characters – soldiers, doctors and other experts – who have shaped our views of war trauma?
Minnow Films is the company behind such acclaimed documentaries as 7/7: One Day in London (BAFTA, RTS and Broadcast award winner), The Fallen (BAFTA and RTS award winner) and Scenes from a Teenage Killing (BAFTA nominee). You can find more information at their website: http://www.minnowfilms.co.uk/