PAISLEY

59mins - BBC
director - DAVID BATTY
producers - RICHARD NEWMAN, SAM COLLYNS
camera - BEN HODGSON, GLEN MILNER
music - AMORY LEADER
archive producer - JEREMY SHIELDS


** WINNER **
Best Use of Archive in a Current Affairs Production

FOCAL INTERNATIONAL AWARDS 2015

A frank and comprehensive assessment of Paisley's role in the conflict in Northern Ireland, told by those who dealt with him first hand. I spent more than 4 months in Belfast cutting this 59min BBC documentary on the notorious irish minister Ian Paisley, charting his journey from rabble-rousing preacher and divisive demagogue to his role in delivering political stability to Northern Ireland.

Using fresh interviews and a rich archive of footage from over 50 years of political history; Hundreds of film cans and tapes pulled from attics and basements, newsrooms and libraries, we assembled a film that looks at the events and mindset of a political heavyweight. A man whose booming voice and physical presence dominated the Troubles of Northern Ireland.

This is the project which really ignited my interest in working with archive footage and creating scenes from collected trims and outtakes found in news camera film footage archives. An example of this I've posted below. The attack on Burntollet Bridge is a notorious event in Paisley's past. Through bringing together all news film, b-roll, outtakes and newly surfaced amateur film footage on the subject, we were able to create a sequence that really takes you there. I'm really pleased that the archive use has been recognised with a nomination at the FOCAL awards in May 2015.

Edited from the current affairs departement at BBC Northen Ireland on Avid.