UK pubcaster the BBC has picked up Pantomime, a documentary from Jeanie Finlay (pictured) looking at the longest-running, lowest-budgeted pantomime in Nottingham, England.
The 71-minute film will air on BBC4 on the ‘Storyville’ strand next month. The commission marks Finlay’s third for the BBC, following music docs The Great Hip Hop Hoax and Orion: The Man Who Would Be King, the latter of which is due to premiere on the BBC next year.
Finlay told realscreen: “Pantomime is an essential part of my Christmas tradition and when I look around the theater I know that is a shared sentiment.
“I’ve been to a lot of pantomimes but when I saw the panto at the Nottingham Arts Theatre I knew I had found something really special, something that I felt so passionate about, I wanted to make a film. If this theater closes, it’s not just bricks and mortar that we lose, it’s history and community.”
Kate Townsend, exec producer for BBC ‘Storyville,’ added that Finlay “has produced a laugh-out-loud look at the world of amateur pantomime, whilst always respecting the dignity of her contributors.”
Check out a first clip from the documentary, exclusive to realscreen, below: