Internationally renowned, multi award-winning British actor Ray Winstone, whose film and television career spans four decades, is to front his first ever factual TV series Ray Winstone’sSicily which will be a 6 x 60’ series about the Italian island of Sicily. The series is currently in production and is being financed by Banijay Rights, the leading distribution arm of Banijay Group, and producer SWR Media in association with Dash Pictures.
Winstone has worked with Directors such as Scorsese and Spielberg as well as acting alongside Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon and Harrison Ford.With a reputation as a down to earth superstar, his love for his family Premier League Football Club West Ham United, is only equalled by that he has for the island he has made his second home: Sicily.
Sicily has ‘got under Winstone’s skin’ and in this series he sets out to find out why. He’ll travel the length of the island alongside long-time friend, restauranteur Bruno Zoccola, and sports broadcaster Matthew Lorenzo. With local characters and new-found friends as their guides, they make their discoveries via Sicilian homes, kitchens, churches, temples and vineyards. In a courageous move, Winstone, Zoccola, Lorenzo and crew will also visit and film from the summit of the active volcano, Mount Etna, the Aeolian island of Lipari and the historic yet frantic city of Palermo.
Scientists study the world as it is, politicians debate the world they want, but engineers create the world that has never been. Industrialisation, water distribution, electrification, automation and communications are all engineering revolutions that have transformed our world and changed every detail of our lives.
However, for every future built, there are man-made mistakes that cause catastrophic disasters. Icarus-like moments when our overreaching, greed and desire to conquer the impossible don’t just cost reputations, but millions of dollars, environmental damage and lives.
Chernobyl, Bhopal, Deepwater Horizon, The Titanic, Challenger and The Hindenburg are names not remembered for the great feats of engineering they initially were, but for the horrors that they became. Through extensive archive and expert interviews this series explores the stories behind mankind’s greatest engineering disasters.
How and why they happened and what we have learnt from them. Disasters teach us more than successes, every set back offers an opportunity to move forward and innovate, because the greatest tragedy would be to never strive at all.
Directed by: Daniel Sharp / Sam Cryer Duration: 10 x 1HR
SWR Media, Intermission Film & DCD Rights in association with Dash Pictures for Discovery UK
Adventure or Luxury
A new 6-episode TV series on the world’s most exciting destinations uncovering the very best it has to offer to luxury aficionados and adrenalin junkies.
Russ Malkin, experienced television adventurer and Charley Speed, award-winning supermodel are chalk and cheese when it comes to travel. Russ is an all-out adventurer and thrill seeker but Charley feels at home basking in luxury.
They’re both travelling the world, pitting super-cars against off-road-bikes, rock-climbing against sailing in ultra-luxury super-yachts trying to win each other over to their side.
Series Producer Daniel Sharp Director Russ Malkin DP Andres Reynaga
Executive Producers Daniel Sharp Andres Reynaga Charley Speed Russ Malkin
A SWR / Big Earth co-production for Sky / Freesat / Red Arrow
Million Pound Holiday Club
Four celebrities are thrown into the gold-plated world of luxury reportage, as they are assigned to review holidays and experiences for lifestyle magazine Lusso. Comedian Rob Beckett jets off to private island Petit St Vincent, while First Dates' Fred Sirieix and model and actress Kelly Brook attend a gourmet food challenge in Paris, and musician and broadcaster Huey Morgan teams up with Hollywood stunt driver Ben Collins for an eccentric race in the British countryside featuring expensive vintage cars.
Broadcaster Channel 4 (Link) ExecutiveProducer Daniel Sharp
Above and Beyond
Directed by Daniel Sharp
Produced by SWR Media
Producer Daniel Sharp
Assistant Producer Agata Pieczynska
Director of Photography Andres Reynaga
Camera Operator Oli Watts
1st AC Tobias Rothwell
Drone Operator Yves Thollon
Helicopter Pilot Régis Teissonniere
Hair and Makeup Alice Howlett
Styling Orsolya Szabo
Post Production Coordinator Luke Gagin
Colourist Adam Dolniak
Offline Editor Jamie Ward
Online Editor Sol Coker
Production Assistants Sacha Phillips Ollivier Pinay Arnaud Fruitier
Special Thanks Mickaël Marquaille @ Grand Massif Ben Mitchell @ Focus24
Produced by SWR Media on location in Norway.
Director: Debbie Scanlan Producer: Daniel Sharp DP: Anders Brogaard Editor: Liz Adams HMU: Cassie Lomas
It’s been six years since Charley’s father passed away. David Speed shot films and commercials, nearly winning an Oscar for his work on Superman 1 and 2 but he also led a colourful life: he flew light aircraft, raced motorcycles, collected fast cars and held numerous powerboat records.
Whilst learning more about his father’s life Charley discovered some amazing stories; having his Oscar stolen away, inventing a camera that helped the northern Irish police stop two catastrophic bomb attacks, and planning the most thrilling and dangerous flying expedition imaginable.
This series follows Charley as he finishes planning the journey his father always wanted to take, learning to fly and embarking on a 12,000 mile flight, tracking the Pan American Highway through North America and flying through the Bermuda triangle. Nearly 50 planes have crashed along the South American leg, in 2003 an identical civilian plane was shot down by the Peruvian air force killing the pilot and passengers when it was wrongly identified as a threat.
Producer Daniel Sharp Director Andres Reynaga Presenter Charley Speed
Russ is an adventurer, having travelled the world with Ewan McGregor on ‘Long Way Down’, and ‘Long Way Round’ – a long and grueling adventure across the harshest terrains and sleeping rough in remote locations. Charley is a contributor to the international luxury magazine, Lusso, was VH1 Vogue’s Male Model of the Year, ex-Britain’s Next Top Model judge, and doesn’t camp.
Throughout the episodes, they take on a series of adventures – with Russ longing for the bare-bones adventure and Charley fighting for the finer things. They are both as competitive as each other and the different adventures build in size as they constantly try and outperform each other… eventually culminating in one fierce and final challenge.
Producer Daniel Sharp Director Andres Reynaga Presenters Charley Speed • Russ Malkin Broadcaster Travel Channel, Discovery
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On a quiet evening at home a couple test prototype biohacking technology, unaware of the dangers it poses.
Official Selection Liverpool International Film Festival Leeds International Film Festival Manchester International Film Festival DUAF International Film Festival JellyFest Semi-Finalist Winner One Reeler 2018 - Los Angeles
Directed by Daniel Sharp
Written by Lawrie Doran
First Assistant Director Edwin Thomas
DP Andres Reynaga
Cast Matthias Harris, Whoopie van Raam
Camera Operator Sammy Purcell
Makeup Artist Alice Howlett
Editors Daniel Sharp, Jamie Ward
Sound Designer Oliver Waton
Music Sebastian "Bid"Beresford
Post-Production Splice Post
Colourist Mark Slobodian
Bamford Watch Department
Bamford Watch Department takes standard high-end Swiss timepieces and re-engineers them, making personal statements that reflect the character of the wearer.
These valuable pieces of craft are not just customised commodities. They are personal philosophies rendered in metal, jewel and glass.
In this film, a man of purpose and self possession is having his inner passion brought to bear on his own body. His watch of choice, a Bamford-augmented TAG Heuer, is just another aspect of himself that reflects his own inner qualities.
Director Daniel Sharp
Tattooed Man Clem So Waiting Man 1 Tesan Hong Waiting Man 2 Kayne Sherwood Tattoo Artist Naresh
EPK Director Andres Reynaga EPK Camera Operator Sammy Purcell
Director of Photography Luke Bryant First AC Jake Mclean Gaffer AJ Walters Hair & Makeup Alice Howlett Wardrobe David Bartlett Dubbing Mixer Oliver Waton Production Assistant Robbie Acres Offline Edit Daniel Sharp & Jamie Ward Colourist Mark Slobodian Post Facility Splice
Lusso magazine is one of Europe's largest independent luxury magazines. Launched by SWR in 2005, it has gone on to take many industry accolades including the PPA's best online presence, best relaunch and best digital innovation.
Lusso's advertisers include luxury brands and groups from around the world including Patek Philippe, Richard Mille, Bremont, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Jaguar, Richard James, Hackett, Purdey, Gieves and Hawkes, Chivas, Tanqueray, NetJets and Cessna.
With a four-week lead time, SWR Media was the agency tasked to produce a commercial that shot with a 30 person crew and 7 models in Miami. The shoot took place over four days at the end of November and was delivered and cleared for broadcast by Mid December.
The Protein World TV commercial was broadcast on Viacom channels including 5, Spike and MTV and Protein World sponsorship bumpers surrounded Geordie Shore, Ex on the Beach and 'Celebrities and Entertainment' on E!.