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C4 orders “Working Class White Men,” “Postcode Playdates”

British pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned two limited feature series from London-based indie Swan Films and Tinopolis Group-owned indie Firecracker Films. Presented by Stephen Paul Manderson, otherwise known as Professor Green, ...
November 20, 2017

British pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned two limited feature series from London-based indie Swan Films and Tinopolis Group-owned indie Firecracker Films.

Presented by Stephen Paul Manderson, otherwise known as Professor Green, Swan Films’ two-part docuseries Working Class White Men (pictured) follows six working class white men from different parts of the country “who feel demonized, forgotten and angry.” The doc aims to provide a better understanding of what modern-day life in Britain is like for them.

The series will also examine the challenges and barriers working class white men face in education, work and family life, as well as “what the consequences are for Britain if the country continues to look away”.

Working Class White Men is directed by Christian Collerton and exec produced by Neil Crombie and Joe Evans for Swan Films.

From Firecracker Films, Postcode Playdates (3 x 60) will focus its lens on families with children from the same neighborhood, but across different social divides – cultural, ethnic and economic – as they open their doors for a playdate for the first time.

Each episode of the series will follow three children on three playdates from the same postal code. Largely seen from the child’s perspective, the series will provide insight into varying families and their lifestyles, cultures and backgrounds.

Firecracker’s Emma Morgan and Sam Emmery serve as executive producers. The series was commissioned by Channel 4′s Dominic Bird, head of formats, and Emily Jones, education commissioning editor.

“I’m delighted that Channel 4 has backed this new format that enables us to explore big questions about the social divides that dominate the news agenda in such a playful, accessible and very entertaining way for a family audience,” said Firecracker’s chief creative officer Jes Wilkins in a statement.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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