Anglo-Dutch producer-distributor Off the Fence has been commissioned to produce Britain’s Broken Families, a one-off doc going behind the closed doors of troubled families, for UK pubcaster BBC1.
The 50-minute special, set in the English town of Newcastle, follows the efforts of the Family Intervention Project (FIP) staff, who work with families with years of ingrained criminality, aggression, abuse and other antisocial problems.
The staff help address drug and alcohol problems, truancy, domestic violence and criminal behavior. The doc is Off the Fence’s first UK commission.
“Britain’s Broken Families is a compelling film that looks in-depth at the work of the FIP in Newcastle,” said Allison Bean, managing director at Off the Fence Productions. “Using the Intervention officers as our way in, we will see both sides of the project – the families in crisis and the inspirational individuals who are trying to help them.”
Britain’s Broken Families is produced and directed by Martin Hicks. and is executive produced by Rob Maciver for Off the Fence and Maxine Watson for the BBC.