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IDFA 2011: BBC, SVT aim to make quick turnaround EU crisis doc

UK and Swedish pubcasters the BBC and SVT are looking to make a quick turnaround coproduction on the current EU crisis, with BBC 'Storyville' editor Nick Fraser (pictured) urging fellow commissioners at the IDFA Forum today to help make a film that will be "as important as Inside Job."
November 22, 2011

UK and Swedish pubcasters the BBC and SVT are looking to make a quick turnaround coproduction on the current EU crisis, with BBC ‘Storyville’ editor Nick Fraser (pictured) urging fellow commissioners at the IDFA Forum today to help make a film that will be “as important as Inside Job.”

During a break between pitches at the Amsterdam event, Fraser took to the microphone to say that he, SVT commissioning editor Axel Arno and producer Lucy Hetherington (Inside the Twin Towers, Obama and Me) had got together and were keen to make a project quickly that would look at the mistakes that have led to the deterioration of the European Union.

Referencing a recent article by New York Times journalist Paul Krugman, Fraser said: “We have to try to find out a way, quickly, to fund a film as important as Inside Job. It’s important to say something on this because it will affect the whole world.”

Following his call to arms, ARD/NDR commissioning editor Barbara Biemann spoke out, saying “I’m in on this,” and stating her agreement that a film need to be made as soon as possible.

Talking to realscreen after the Forum, Fraser said that he did not have a director in place for the project, and explained that the idea had come together quickly at IDFA.

“We want to start pretty soon,” he said. “The whole thing has to take the model of Inside Job, but looking at the failure of the EU currency and the European project.”

Fraser added the current EU debt crisis Рwhich has led to the resignations of prime ministers in Greece and Italy Рwill result in millions of job losses.

However, he explained: “It’s not a ‘these men are crooks’ film; it’s a ‘this was a shit idea’ film. These were mistakes that were made, and every mistake that could be made has been made over the past year. So it will be about the misconception and leadership of the Euro.”

Inside Job, Charles Ferguson’s investigation into the global economic meltdown, picked up the Academy Award earlier this year for best documentary feature.

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