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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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