C4′s ‘First Cut’ adds “Pusher,” “Alex Lewis”

Documentaries from BriteSpark Films, Popkorn TV and Twofour have been selected to UK pubcaster Channel 4's latest slate of 'First Cut' films. (Pictured: Muslim Drag Queens)
August 18, 2015

The Pusher, Alex Lewis and Bus Pass Body Builders have been selected to UK pubcaster Channel 4′s latest slate of ‘First Cut’ documentaries.

Among the titles added to the pubcaster’s doc strand is The Pusher (working title). Produced by BriteSpark Films, the piece examines the possibility of a serial killer in the Greater Manchester area following the recovery of 60 bodies from the city’s canals over the past six years. The doc meets with family of the deceased looking for answers and the experts pressuring law enforcement to open an investigation. Directed by Darren Lovell, the film is produced by Will Robson and exec produced by Nick Godwin.

Elsewhere, the Rachel Millar-directed Bus Pass Body Builders follows five of Britain’s oldest weightlifters in the lead-up to the World Finals in Miami. Produced by Popkorn TV and exec produced by Rory Wheeler and Colin Moxon, the tentatively titled film looks at pensioners in the modern age who are refusing to grow up.

Finally, Leonardo Machado’s Alex Lewis spotlights the UK father as he battles to rebuild his life after a life-threatening infection took his limbs and parts of his face. Produced by ITV Studios-owned indie Twofour, Andrew Mackenzie and Tanya Winston serve as executive producer and producer, respectively.

The three hour-long films are slated to join the forthcoming Muslim Drag Queens (pictured), which explores the clandestine gay Asian or ‘Gaysian’ community in the UK, as part of the pubcaster’s six-year-old strand of original films by first-time directors. The film is set to broadcast on August 24 at 10 p.m. GMT.

C4 will continue to accept pitches for original content, said David Brindley, commissioner for ‘First Cut.’

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