ON THE CORNER FILMS USE ARCHIVE FOOTAGE FROM SCREENOCEAN TO MAKE LANDMARK BBC DOCUMENTARY

A quarter of a century after the deplorable murder of 18-year-old student Stephen Lawrence, ‘Stephen: The Murder That Changed A Nation’ is still shockingly relevant today. Killed in a senseless racially motivated attack, this case has been the subject of many productions – though none quite as extensive and eye-opening as this.

The use of previously unseen footage of Stephen dancing in the audience of 90’s Channel 4 music show The Word in the opening sequence sets the ground-breaking tone of the documentary. Alex Booth, archive producer on this project, explains that “moving footage of Stephen was hard to come by, but luckily Screenocean have a full collection of episodes of The Word, and kindly allowed us into their offices to trawl through crowd shots for a sign of him”.

On the Corner Films, and their multi-award-winning productions such as Amy and Senna, are known for their extensive and innovative use of archive footage. As Booth describes “focus on archive allows for an immersive experience which keeps the viewer engaged in the ‘world’ of the subject matter”, while also being “a classic example of the adage ‘show don’t tell’”.

The vast variety of archive clips used throughout the series was crucial to delving deeper into this complicated case. Three other Screenocean documentaries were used, all of which were observational in nature, which “gave the film an additional depth which short news clips cannot provide”.

This series is a stellar example of how archive footage can really bring a story to life.

For more information on Screenocean’s archive collections, please contact Screenocean on +44 (0) 1954 262 052 or email info@screenocean.com.