Tree Planting

As part of Swan Films’ commitment to sustainability and in recognition of the climate emergency, we are pledging monthly donations to the following charities aimed at planting trees and protecting forests and woodlands – Woodland TrustTrees for Cities and Global Greengrants Fund UK.

While it’s important to remain focussed on the more fundamental measures that businesses and governments must take to combat climate change and the depletion of the natural environment, we feel that supporting these charities is one of the practical measures we can take.

Asian Media Awards Win

Our documentary The Curry House Kid with the dancer and choreographer Akram Khan won Best Factual Show at the 2019 Asian Media Awards last night in Manchester.

Shaharul Khan (pictured), who was part of the production team, collected the award.

Congratulations to Akram, the contributors and everyone who worked so hard on the film.

The Curry House Kid is still available to view on All4:

https://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-curry-house-kid

Reviews for ‘The Curry House Kid’

Our latest documentary, The Curry House Kid, with dancer and choreographer Akram Khan, transmitted to rave reviews across the board.

The five-star review in The Guardian called the film “brave, beautiful…deeply touching”.

The full review can be found here:

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/apr/29/curry-house-kid-review-five-stars-akram-khan-drunk-white-racists

Meanwhile, iNews called the documentary “stunning” and said:

“When the final dance was staged, it was breathtaking: heavy, beautiful, deeply moving. I was transfixed.”

https://inews.co.uk/culture/television/the-curry-house-kid-channel-4-review-akram-khan-stunning-exploration-british-bangladeshi-history-identity/

The Times gave the film four-stars, and the Evening Standard said: “Khan is an engaging presenter: gentle, open and unafraid to make mistakes when cooking with his interviewees.”

https://www.standard.co.uk/stayingin/tvfilm/the-curry-house-kid-flock-horror-akram-khan-cooks-up-some-tasty-moves-from-his-curry-house-youth-a4129456.html

Ryan Gander Documentary

Our new documentary, Me, My Selfie and I with Ryan Gander, transmits on BBC4 at 9pm on Monday 18th March.

Ryan reckons that nothing symbolises the times we live in better than the selfie: the icon of a new kind of self-regard that hardly existed just ten years ago.

But, as he discovers, its roots go back hundreds of years before smartphones, and this uniquely 21st century phenomenon is just the visible tip of a much much bigger iceberg – a radical reinvention of who we are powered by the very latest digital technology. It has not just changed how much we look at ourselves, but also transformed what we see in the screen when we do.

The documentary is directed by Sam Anthony.

Read an interview with Ryan about the programme by clicking here