C4 commissions six docs for ‘First Cut’ strand

Alex Brooker: Man V Fat, Why Am I Still Single? and recent Sheffield Doc/Fest student award winner Bad Boys (pictured) are among the hour-long docs that will air in the UK on the upcoming season of Channel 4's doc strand devoted to new talent.
June 20, 2013

Channel 4 has commissioned six hour-long documentaries by up-and-coming directors for ‘First Cut,’ its doc strand devoted to new talent.

Over the past year, the British pubcaster has expanded the strand’s scope by increasing its running time to 60 minutes and moving it to a post-watershed time-slot in order to give directors more creative leeway.

“The strand is proving to be a genuine launchpad for a new generation of confident and exciting directors,” commissioning editor Lina Prestwood said in a statement.

“This next batch is different yet again with a focus on experimentation with form, narrative and authorship. Having commissioned two new and very different directors at Sheffield this year at the new-look pitch, the door is still very much open for ‘First Cut’ pitches and we look forward to hearing from directors and indies.”

The films included in the upcoming season are Alex Brooker: Man V Fat, a doc about male weight loss and body image; Missing (working title), a doc which recounts missing person cases through first-person testimonials; and Pay Day (w/t), billed as a “performance film” about twenty-something Brits struggling with debt issues.

Bad Boys (w/t, pictured above), which claimed the student documentary prize at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest, follows a group of adolescent boys with emotional and behavioral issues that attend a specialist boarding school; My Baggy Body (w/t) is about people left with excess skin following weight loss; and Why Am I Still Single? will air as part of the network’s ‘Mating Season’ programming block devoted to the complexities of modern dating.

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