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About Blast! Films

Blast! Films is an independent production company with one of the best reputations in British television for producing high-quality, distinctive and innovative documentaries and dramas.

Our work covers a wide range - from popular documentary series like The Tube (BBC 2) and Coppers (Channel4), through to ground breaking films like Hunger, Soundproof and The Death of Klinghoffer. Uniting what we do is powerful story-telling that's honest, impactful and emotionally compelling.

Amongst the many awards we've won, are the Camera D'Or and International Critics Prize in Cannes for Hunger, the Best Director BAFTA for Soundproof, the Grierson Award for Best Drama Documentary for The Year London Blew Up, the Prix Italia for The Death of Klinghoffer and two BAFTAs for the BBC drama series Tales From Pleasure Beach.

I'll be your Mirror

1994

BLAST! FILMS founded to make I'll be your Mirror in collaboration with American photographer Nan Goldin. Nominated for a Prix Italia.

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One Night Stand - Cutting Edge

1997

One Night Stand, A Cutting Edge Special, for Channel 4.

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Vile Bodies Channel 4

1998

Vile Bodies, Channel 4 series about photography and the body, nominated for a BAFTA.

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Tina Goes Shopping

1999

Penny Woolcock's ground-breaking Tina Goes Shopping, shows on Channel 4.

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Tales from Pleasure Beach

2001

Ed Coulthard wins a BAFTA for Best New Director for his BBC TWO drama series: Tales from Pleasure Beach.

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2001

Lifters, a series about shoplifters for BBC2, nominated Best Documentary Series at the RTS Awards.

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The Death of the Klinghoffer

2003

The Death of Klinghoffer, Penny Woolcock's film version of the John Adams opera, awarded a Prix Italia.

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Underground Britain

2005

Underground Britain, a ten part series about the dark side of modern Britain for BBC Two.

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The Year London Blew Up

2005

The Year London Blew Up, a drama documentary about the 1974 IRA bombing campaign wins Grierson Award.

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Soundproof - Drama

2006

Soundproof, single drama starring Susan Lunch and Joseph Mawle about a deaf man wrongly accused of murder, wins the BAFTA for Best Director.

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Hunger - Steve McQueen

2008

Hunger, Steve McQueen's feature debut about the Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands wins the Camera D'Or at the Cannes Films Festival, the International Critics Prize and the BAFTA for Most Promising Newcomer.

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Coppers Channel 4

2010

Coppers, a documentary series about the Police first airs on Channel 4.

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The Tube TV Series

2012

Six part series, The Tube, takes viewers behind the scenes of the world's oldest, biggest and busiest underground train network.

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999: What's Your Emergency?

2012

On the ground with paramedics, police and fire services in Blackpool for Series one of 999: What's Your Emergency.

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The Route Masters: Running London's Roads

2013

The Route Masters: Running London's Roads for BBC Two is nominated for the BAFTA for Best Documentary Series.

The Supervet

2014

2014 has seen the return of The Supervet to Channel 4. Blast nominated for two Grierson Awards, The Tube: 150 years of the Underground for Best Historical Documentary and Arthur Williams for Documentary Presenter of the Year.

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