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MIPTV Picks ’09 – Great Sperm Race (Runner-up for Best in Show)

To paraphrase David Byrne, at some point most of us ask ourselves, 'Well, how did I get here?' The Great Sperm Race goes to extraordinary means to help answer that question, by depicting the incredible voyage of sperm to the egg with unique narrative devices.
March 19, 2009


To paraphrase David Byrne, at some point most of us ask ourselves, ‘Well, how did I get here?’ The Great Sperm Race goes to extraordinary means to help answer that question, by depicting the incredible voyage of sperm to the egg with unique narrative devices.
Live-action ‘reenactments’ of a sort show armies of actors – dressed head to toe in white, naturally – embarking on the metaphorical trail of sperm, encountering scores of obstacles en route to the almighty egg. Talk about an Amazing Race: 250 million sperm can all be racing towards the same goal, with only one making it to the final destination.
The sperm actors’ exploits are balanced with insightful commentary from leading reproductive experts, aided by sharp-looking CGI.

Partners: Co-produced by Blink Films (UK) and Cream Productions (Canada) for Channel 4, Discovery Canada and the Wellcome Trust, distributed through ITV Global Entertainment
Length: 1 x 60 minutes
Airing: March 2009 (Channel 4)
Rights available: All media worldwide excluding Canada, UK & Ireland

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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