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 “I like to listen. I’ve learned a lot from listening.” Ernest Hemingway

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WOODY GUTHRIE: THREE CHORDS AND THE TRUTH (BBC)

Woody Guthrie is one of America’s legendary songwriters. A voice of the people, he wrote hard-hitting lyrics for a hard-hit nation.

The conventional image is of the “Dust Bowl Troubadour” emerging out of a box car, but there is much more to Woody Guthrie.

He is proof that there is always potential for change and even today, fifty years after his death, he is challenging the status quo from beyond the grave.

With enormous influence on successive generations of musicians like Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez and Billy Bragg this film proves he has a true place in 21st Century culture.

 
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DIRECTED BY TODD AUSTIN / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER  MIN CLOUGH

JOHN LEE HOOKER: THE BOOGIE MAN

John Lee Hooker was one of the greatest bluesmen of the 20th Century.

Born into poverty and racial segregation, he lived through a monumental time in American history.

This is the story of a cultural icon and his far-reaching impact on popular music, told in his own words and those of his family and closest collaborators.

Interviews with Keith Richards, Van Morrison, Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt and Robert Cray tell how an illiterate man from the rural and impoverished backwaters of the Mississippi Delta influenced their own musical journey.

His tale is an astonishing one of survival and creativity, ingenuity and reinvention – of a man who became a superstar against extraordinary odds.

 

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DIRECTED BY TODD AUSTIN / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER  MIN CLOUGH

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TOURETTES TEENAGE TICS

Twelve year old Rory Brown has Tourette Syndrome. After recently moving to secondary school his physical and verbal outbursts have exploded.

In 1988 John Davidson featured in ‘John’s Not Mad’. He’s determined that no other child should go through the horrific experience he had as a child. He’s taken Rory under his wing.

Rory also has help from Greg Storey. In 2002, aged 8 Greg took part in the ‘The Boy Can’t Help It’ a follow up film to ‘John’s Not Mad’.

It’s Rory’s first time at Tourette Camp. Here he comes together with John and Greg. Greg has has found his own unique way to manage his Tourettes and John and Greg hope it may give Rory some much needed respite from his tic-cing.

‘TOURETTES TEENAGE TICS’ is an intimate and revealing documentary that over time captures the challenges and triumphs in John and Greg’s lives and introduces the audience to Rory, a boy at the very beginning of his journey with Tourette Syndrome.

“In terms of raising awareness and showing the highs and lows of Tourette’s along with the laughter and tears, this is the best effort so far, if only because its underlying message is one of hope and optimism” Border Telegraph

DIRECTED BY MIN CLOUGH / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER TODD AUSTIN

EMI: THE INSIDE STORY

One record company has been a constant presence in popular music throughout our lives.

EMI brought the Beatles to the world and in every decade since has been instrumental in producing some of Britain’s most celebrated and enduring music.

But behind the success lay a very British institution often at odds with the music it released. It had to come to terms with Psychedelia, face Punk head on & find huge sums of money to feed the excesses of the 1980s.

Interviews with EMI artists including members of Queen, Pet Shop Boys, Pink Floyd and Sex Pistols reveal how their demands for more & more control ultimately led to drastic changes at EMI. Former EMI employees share the gossip and goings on in an industry infamous for its extravagance.

The British music industry is world renowned. It has produced decades of memorable music that has reached all corners of the globe. 

EMI has always been at the forefront and has left an indelible mark on our culture forever.

“Eye-opening documentary” The Daily Telegraph

DIRECTED BY TODD AUSTIN / PRODUCED BY MIN CLOUGH

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FILMOGRAPHY

Documentaries – A Selection

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Known for delivering thought-provoking documentaries of the highest quality, Todd Austin & Min Clough have produced over 100 films for all the major broadcasters winning several awards including BAFTA and Royal Television Society.

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‘Lager, Mum & Me’ (BBC ONE)
Winner BAFTA – Flaherty Award for Best Documentary Nominated Broadcast Award – Best Documentary
“There was no better example of BBC One rediscovering old-time religion than its documentary strand ONE life.The thought-provoking film showed viewers what they had been missing and Bafta deemed the programme the best documentary of the year.” Broadcast
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‘The War on Britain’s Roads’ (BBC ONE)
Shortlisted for a Grierson - Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme
”Compulsory viewing.” The Observer
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‘The Boy Can’t Help It’ (BBC ONE )
Winner of a Mental Health Media Award
Nominated for a Grierson – Best Documentary on a Contemporary Issue
“If there has been finer piece of documentary making this year it has passed me by.
It was brilliant television.” The Times
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‘Make Me A Man Again’ (BBC ONE)
Shortlisted for a Grierson - Most Entertaining Documentary
“Austin’s film managed to make Charles a likeable creature and by the end I was rooting for him. Austin allowed Charles the dignity of privacy and that, in TV-land, is a rare and precious commodity.” The Guardian
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‘My Life on a Post it Note’ (BBC ONE)
“It’s rare to find a programme so filled with laughter, honesty, defiance, compassion and love. It is one of the bravest and saddest programmes I have ever seen.” The Times
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‘Positive Women’ (BBC TWO)
“An extraordinarily powerful piece of television. It was one of those documentaries - well-made, unsentimental, deeply moving - that makes you think 'Ooh, I'm proud to pay my licence fee.” The Guardian
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‘Little Britain’s Big Swim’ (BBC ONE)
Nominated for a Televisual Award
“Down right moving.” The Guardian
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‘To Courtney, With Love’ (BBC ONE)
Winner Royal Television Society Award – Best Film
“One of the most moving British documentaries since ‘The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off’.”
Time Out
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‘Size Doesn’t Matter’ (BBC ONE)
Winner Royal Television Society - Best Factual
“Heart warming yet by no means schmaltzy documentary. Inspiring – and, crucially, not patronising – stuff.” The Evening Standard
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‘The £800 Million Pound Railway Station’
(BBC TWO)
Nominated for a Press Guild Award
“A real eye opener of a series.” Daily Mail
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‘The Man Who Learnt To See’ (BBC TWO)
Winner Royal Television Education Award - Best Documentary
Review to come
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Airborne: RAF at 90 (BBC TWO Feature Documentary)
Shortlisted for a Grierson
“Instead of succumbing to the mythology, this film uses subtle editing and honest testimony to examine the troubling bargain the pilots make.” The Sunday Times
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'Tourettes, I Swear I Can’t Help It’ (BBC ONE)
“An extremely insightful and incredibly compelling slice of life on the bumpy side of the track.” The Independent
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‘Adoption Hell’ (BBC ONE)
“Harrowing, moving television.” Time Out
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‘Nine Days That Shook London’ (BBC TWO Feature Documentary)
Review to come
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‘Above Enemy Lines’ (BBC ONE)
“This is a terrific observational film…Good work. Series editor Mr Todd Austin, whoever you are.” The Guardian
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‘Nap Attack’ (BBC ONE)
Review to come
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‘Gymnast’ (BBC Films)
Feature Documentary which charts the highs and lows of the British Female Artistic Gymnastics Team as they strive for success at Beijing Olympics.
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'The Naked Rambler' (BBC ONE)
“One of the most engaging, fresh and funny documentaries I’ve seen in ages.… I kept thinking of early Mike Leigh throughout the Naked Rambler, and this is a film which, perhaps he would have been proud to make.” The Guardian
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‘Fix My Fat Head’ (BBC ONE)
“This witty film... is as refreshing as it is funny.” Mail on Sunday
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‘Rock 'n' Roll Hotel’ (BBC ONE)
“This series has effortlessly become one of this years most unexpected pleasures.” Time Out.

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Music films – A Selection

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‘Autistic Superstars’ (BBC THREE)
“It put all the ‘I really, really, really want this’ hysteria of X Factor wannabes into sharp perspective.” Metro
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'Do It Yourself: The Story Of Rough Trade Records’ (BBC FOUR)
”Is a brilliant, era-defining film.” The Times
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‘Tourettes: Let Me Entertain You’ (BBC THREE)
Shortlisted Broadcast Award
“It was a remarkable show that showed Tourettes sufferers as real people, rather than simply as the object of ridicule as is all too often the case.” The People
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‘Another Brick in the Wall’ (BBC ONE)
“As the pupils reunite , the film takes on an Adrian Mole quality with tales of unfrequented love and thwarted dreams that may leave you nostalgic for your own lost youth. The intriguing story of an iconic record.” Mail on Sunday
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‘Tourettes: I Swear I can Sing’ (BBC THREE)
”Mesmerising documentary.” The Observer
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‘Swan Lake’ (Sky Arts/ Cinema 3D release)
“The resulting performance, when viewed in 3D, is both slick and stunning. The impact of the vibrant staging remains undiminished; if anything it’s more powerful.” The Telegraph

CULTURE

Based in Suffolk, in the UK, Bohemia Films is an independent company that produces music, arts and documentary films. We value freedom, creativity and change and our films reflect our desire to communicate through the arts, and to tackle challenging subjects in our contemporary social documentaries.

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Todd Austin
Founder
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Adam Fenn
Development
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Beth
Production
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Min Clough
Founder
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Ashley Francis-Roy
Production
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Mick
Technical

 “All I’m gonna do is just go on and do what I feel.” Jimi Hendrix

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