Henry Singer is one of Britain’s most critically acclaimed documentary directors. He has won or been nominated for every major British documentary award, including the BAFTA, Royal Television Society, Grierson, Broadcast and Broadcasting Press Guild as well as an international Emmy, and his films have been screened at festivals around the world.
Among his prize-winning feature length films are ‘The Falling Man’ about a photograph of someone who jumped or fell from the World Trade Center on 9/11; ‘Diana, 7 Days’, about the death of Princess Diana and the week that followed; ‘Baby P: The Untold Story’, about the tabloid aftermath of the death of seventeenth-month-old toddler in London in 2008; and ‘The Blood of the Rose’, about the brutal murder of the filmmaker and conservationist Joan Root in Kenya. Broadcast Magazine has named Singer one of the top ten directors working in British television: in its citation, the magazine said: ‘Singer is perhaps the most intimate, sensitive filmmaker working today. He does not just observe his subjects but seeks to take us inside them, to live with them and make us see their perspectives.’ Singer has held master classes at various universities across the U.K. and he was selected as one of fourteen American and British filmmakers profiled in ‘This Much Is True’, published by Bloomsbury. Other directors include Nick Broomfield, Kevin MacDonald, James Marsh and Morgan Spurlock.
Mr. Singer is presently editing a film on The Trial of Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb general recently convicted of genocide and other war crimes at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. He and his co-director Rob Miller have been making the film since the trial began in May 2012. The film was commissioned by the BBC, PBS, WDR/Germany and VPRO/Holland and six other international broadcasters, and is supported by the Sundance Institute, the Doc Society, the Bertha Foundation and other funding bodies.
The powerful and moving story of the English town of Wootton Bassett, told through the repatriation of a single serviceman, Ranger Aaron McCormick, who was killed on Remembrance Sunday in November 2010 in Afghanistan. For more than four years, this traditional market town in Wiltshire has honoured fallen soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan with a simple tribute on the High Street. A subtle portrait of a particular kind of Britishness and what the kindness of strangers really means.
The story of the embattled Wibsey Workingmen’s Club in the village of Wibsey, a white working class community in Bradford. The club faces a struggle to survive, and members’ worries for their beloved institution mirror larger anxieties about their community. With high unemployment, the smoking ban, and a perception that immigrants are flooding the city, members feel their world is under threat. Filmmaker Henry Singer spent four months living in Bradford and filming the fortunes of the club and the lives of some of its members to reveal the anger, alienation and political disenfranchisement of a white working class community. The feature-length film opened BBC2’s lauded White season.
The story of the most unforgettable image from 9/11 – the photograph of a falling man, frozen in midair, perfectly parallel with the lines of the two towers of the World Trade Center. The photograph ran in newspapers and magazines across the world over the following week, and should have remained the defining image of that terrible day. Instead, it was quickly airbrushed out of history.
‘The Falling Man’ follows the trail of that photograph – of the photographer who shot it, the citizens who decried it, the editor who published it and then banned it, the journalists who tried to identify the figure, and the families suspected of being relatives of the man. That trail not only reveals something about the power of stills photography, the taboo surrounding ‘the jumpers’, and the difficulty we have facing images of death: it also reveals how America and the rest of the world have chosen to ‘understand’ and move on from the horror of September 11th.
James Burton lives in homeless shelter in Bedford, U.K. He’s about to get 7,000 pounds in an early pension fund, but instead of buying a new belt or helping to pay for his daughter’s wedding, he’s considering going down to the casino. This extraordinarily intimate film follows the growing friendship between Burton and American filmmaker Henry Singer. As their relationship grows, Burton is forced to confront the reality of his life – a man who’s lost everything, but who is now presented with a chance at redemption.
A fifty-minute film that re-examines Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s fatal 1912 expedition to the South Pole. Hailed initially as a hero, Scott is today seen as a tragic incompetent, a man who was not only beaten to the South Pole but whose death was the result of a series of ill-conceived decisions. But extraordinary meteorological research by Dr. Susan Solomon, one of the world’s leading climatologists, reveals that Scott wasn’t a bumbler, but a meticulous planner who was brought down by a freak act of nature – the coldest autumn in history.