Netflix has launched five new short documentaries from the recipients of their Documentary Talent Fund. They’re available now on Youtube.
If you were wondering how British documentaries are doing, they’re flourishing. Netflix has just announced that five short documentaries, created by the recipients of their Documentary Talent Fund, are available on their Still Watching Youtube channel now.
The subjects of these challenging, ambitious documentaries range from deaf DJs to an Irish mother travelling to the war-torn Ukraine. What connects these five extraordinary documentaries is the theme of ‘connection’.
Here’s the full list of the documentaries and the filmmakers:
Anna Snowball & Abolfazl Talooni – IRANIAN YELLOW PAGES, Trying to make his new life in London a success, Reza places an advert in an eccentric newspaper and discovers the Iranian community hidden in plain sight.
Anna Rodgers & Zlata Filipovic – TWO MOTHERS, An unusual bond compels an Irish mother to travel to war torn Ukraine in order to bring her former surrogate and her family to safety.
Caroline Williamson & Troi Lee – TURN UP THE BASS is the inspirational story of Troi Lee, a deaf DJ, founder of “deaf rave” and pioneer of the UK’s deaf music scene. Troi and his team of deaf producers, DJs, MCs, sign singers and dancers will turn up the bass as they celebrate 20 years of deaf raving.
Logan Rea & Krishna Istha – SPERM DONORS WANTED! follows a transgender performance artist as he interviews hundreds of potential sperm donors live on stage in a quest to find the ultimate connection, one that will enable him and his partner to start their family
Olivia Smart – BLACK STROKE, Drowning isn’t an option as three people tackle their biggest fear.
Each filmmaking team was given £30 000 to make their films. This is the second year of the Netflix-backed fund, and the filmmakers hail from all parts of the UK and Ireland.
Netflix hosted workshops to support the filmmakers in their processes. The filmmaking teams also benefited from a mentorship programme which allowed them to network and create lasting relationships in the industry.
“It’s been an absolute pleasure to work with such talented filmmakers and watch each teams’ ideas blossom into fully formed documentaries,” said Kate Townsend, Netflix’s Director of Documentary Film. “We are immensely proud of the tenacity, grit and creativity demonstrated to get the films made and presented to this final standard of excellence. Each film is an exciting glimpse into the future talent of UK documentarians.”
You can support the documentaries and their makers by watching them now on Netflix’s Still Watching channel on Youtube.