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MIPCOM Picks 2009 – Blood, Sweat & Takeaways (Best in Show)

This four-part series takes aim at fast food in much the same way that 2008's acclaimed Blood, Sweat and T-Shirts examined the true, if unsettling, costs behind the production of cheap clothing. Six young Brits, ranging from junk food junkie Manos to luxury food lover Lauren, are shipped off to Southeast Asia for three weeks to see for themselves the harsh conditions by which their culinary indulgences land on their plates.
September 30, 2009


This four-part series takes aim at fast food in much the same way that 2008′s acclaimed Blood, Sweat and T-Shirts examined the true, if unsettling, costs behind the production of cheap clothing. Six young Brits, ranging from junk food junkie Manos to luxury food lover Lauren, are shipped off to Southeast Asia for three weeks to see for themselves the harsh conditions by which their culinary indulgences land on their plates. From a tuna factory in Indonesia to rice paddies in Thailand, the kids endure working eight-hour shifts for sums that are beyond paltry, conditions that are the complete opposite of sanitary, and see for themselves the staggering poverty of the workers on the front lines. And just as the experience made a significant impact on the kids, odds are viewers might think twice about what goes on the dinner table.
Partners: Ricochet (Brighton) for BBC3, distributed through Outright Distribution (London)
Aired: BBC3, May 2009
Length: 4 x 60 minutes
Rights available: All worldwide

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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