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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
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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