Film Four Distributors (in U.K.), Miramax (in U.S.)
Film Four Intl., London
Michael Henderson, a British foreign correspondent is stationed in Sarajevo, during the war in Bosnia. The city is under siege from enemy artillery, positionned in the hills that circle the city. Henderson, his cameraman Greg ans producer Jane Carson, file regular reports from the city, for the television news in Britain. Henderson discovers an orphanage, situated on the front line, under continuous bombardment from artillery fire. Horrified by the terrible conditions the children live under, he repeatedly films reports from the orphanage urging the international community to take action to remove the children to safety. Frustrated by the lack of reponse and no longer able to maintain journalistic detachment, he determines to smuggle one of the children back to England.
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Michael Winterbottom was born in Blackburn in 1961. He made his directorial debut in 1988 with the Ingmar Bergman documentary's "The Magic Lantern" and "The Director", winner of Best Documentary at the Valladolid Film Festival. His television credits include the BAFTA award winning series "Cracker" and "Family". He made his feature film directorial debut with "Butterfly Kiss" in 1995 and since then has went on to make over 30 films. Michael Winterbottom has been at Cannes "Welcome to Sarajevo", "Wonderland" and "24 Hour Party People" competing for Palme d'Or over the years.
Butterfly Kiss (1995), Jude (1995), Welcome to Sarajevo (1997), Wonderland (1999), 24 Hour Party People (2002), 9 Songs (2004), A Cock and Bull Story (2005), The Road to Guantanamo (2006), Everyday (2012)