The company was founded by Henry Singer, one of the most critically-acclaimed filmmakers in Britain. Best known for the classic documentary on 9/11, ‘The Falling Man’, Singer founded Sandpaper to expand the company’s output beyond his own work.
Singer takes on some of the most sensitive subjects in the documentary genre – the jumpers from 9/11, the seven days that followed the death of Princess Diana, the ‘grooming’ of teenage white girls by Pakistani men in the north of England – and makes feature-length films noted for their powerful storytelling and contextual background. As the author of a book profiling noted American and British filmmakers noted, Singer gets to the bottom of stories to reveal what they really mean.
Singer now plans to work with other filmmakers and the top directors of photography and editors in the United Kingdom to expand the Sandpaper slate. He is particularly interested in inspiring the next generation of filmmakers.
Rob began his career working for a human rights organisation before crossing over into documentary. He has over fifteen years experience of developing and producing documentaries for the BBC and Channel Four in the U.K, collaborating with Henry Singer on ‘Last Orders’, ‘On A Cold Friday in November’,’The Betrayed Girls’ and ‘The Trial of Ratko Mladic’.
Rob’s BBC series on elderly care, entitled ‘Protecting Our Parents’, was described by the Radio Times as one of the most important ever shown on British television and was nominated for Broadcast, Royal Television Society and BAFTA awards.
Jenny is an award-winning documentary and drama producer who has taken on subjects as diverse as the conflict in Afghanistan, child protection, policing and mental health. Working with Henry, Jenny co-developed and -produced Baby P: The Untold Story (BBC One) which was nominated for the BAFTA and RTS Awards and won the Televisual and British Press Guild Awards for Best Single Documentary.
She also developed and produced Diana, 7 Days (a landmark BBC One documentary about the week that followed the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, featuring Prince William, Prince Harry and Tony Blair, amongst others) and developed ‘The Betrayed Girls’, about the Rochdale grooming scandal. Previous films Jenny worked on include an animated documentary series about young people’s mental health called Troubled Minds, which won the Children’s BAFTA.
In 2015 she was selected as a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit.
Justine has production managed numerous series and single documentary films for U.K. and international broadcasters in a successful twenty year career.
She’s worked on a wide range of programmes within the documentary genre: feature length specials, observational, current affairs, drama docs and presenter led, and managed teams filming all over the world including hostile environments such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Haiti.
Justine has also held managerial roles as both deputy and head of production, negotiating deals with broadcasters, managing budget, schedules and contracts, and dealing with compliance/HR issues.