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BBC orders 9/11 anniversary feature doc from BAFTA-winner Arthur Cary

British pubcaster BBC1 has commissioned a 90-minute feature-length documentary to mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks from London factual producer Top Hat Productions. Directed by BAFTA-winning filmmaker Arthur ...
September 9, 2020

British pubcaster BBC1 has commissioned a 90-minute feature-length documentary to mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks from London factual producer Top Hat Productions.

Directed by BAFTA-winning filmmaker Arthur Cary (pictured), 9/11: The Twenty Year Anniversary will detail the two-hour period, almost in real time, when terrorists attacked the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and Flight 93. The story will be told by contributors’ stories of heroism and survival, and bolstered by personal and public archives.

The documentary will additionally compare the day of the attacks with the 20 years since as it explores how the lives of those who were there continue to be affected by the assault and how the world continues to be shaped by it.

9/11: The Twenty Year Anniversary is slated to premiere next September.

Top Hat’s Darren Kemp serves as executive producer alongside producer Chery Hockey.

It was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, BBC’s director of content, and Clare Sillery, head of commissioning for documentaries, history and religion. Hamish Fergusson is commissioning editor.

Israel’s Keshet International will distribute the documentary internationally, launching it officially as part of their MIPCOM 2020 slate.

“This film takes a new and different look at an important subject matter,” said Sillery in a statement. “All of our lives changed because of the events of 9/11, but for those who were there the effects are long lasting and deeply felt. The core cast of this film have not spoken publicly before. By looking at what happened to them on the day and their lives 20 years on, we can see how the shockwaves of that event still reverberate in profound ways today.”

“The 20th anniversary is an opportunity to take a fresh look at the events two decades ago and to see how they continue to play out in the lives of those who were there,” added Kemp.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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