BBC Ties with Ridley Scott on Crowdsourced Doc

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BBC Ties with Ridley Scott on Crowdsourced Doc


The BBC is working with director Ridley Scott to capture a snapshot of a day in Britain using footage submitted by people from across the country.

Britain in a Day is being made in partnership with Scott Free London, the production company run by Scott (Blade Runner/Gladiator/Alien), and forms part of the BBC's Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival programming.

It follows this year's release of Life in a Day, a film that invited people from around the world to upload footage to YouTube for consideration by director Kevin Macdonald.

Taking that model, people will be asked to film something intimate and unique from their lives on Nov 13 and upload it to a dedicated YouTube channel.

Director Morgan Matthews will use the trove of material to compile a feature-length documentary that will attempt to capture the variety of life in Britain today.

Matthews will work alongside executive producer Kevin Macdonald and Scott Free producer Liza Marshall. Charlotte Moore, BBC commissioning editor for documentaries, is spearheading the project.

BBC Learning will fund the project, which will be officially launched on BBC1's The One Show in late October.

Ahead of Nov 12 filming date, BBC2 will air Life in a Day, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. …

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