WISE OWL FILMS RAMPS UP ITS MUSIC DOCUMENTARY SLATE WITH NEW COMMISSION - WHEN NIRVANA CAME TO BRITAIN’

Wise Owl Films has landed its second BBC Two music commission with a 1 x 60 minute documentary looking back at the time Nirvana spent touring the UK, as well as examining the influence that British music had on the iconic American rock band.

Following on from When Bob Marley Came to Britain, When Nirvana Came to Britain tells the story of how between 1989 and 1994, Nirvana introduced a new and exciting brand of rock music to the UK, changing the musical landscape of the time and influencing a generation of British youth.

The programme charts the band’s rise from their very first British tour, during which they performed in pubs and tiny venues, through to their legendary and infamous TV appearances on programmes such as The Word and Top of the Pops - moments that helped to cement their status as one of the biggest rock bands on the planet and brought grunge culture to the mainstream.

Wise Owl’s new series - Yorkshire Firefighters, commissioned by BBC England, starts on BBC2 at 8pm on Thurs July 29th

This unique four-part series takes us onto the frontline with the men and women keeping their communities safe during the pandemic. It’s a rare chance to go behind the scenes with this inspirational band of West Yorkshire firefighters.

Filmed using the latest technology, viewers will be brought closer than ever before to real-life emergencies, seeing inside burning buildings and getting to the heart of the action.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has 900 firefighters with a diverse range of personnel dedicated to serving a population of more than two million people – often in remote, highly dangerous and life-threatening situations.

Each episode shows the men and women behind the visors as they help communities during last winter, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. 

From bringing under control one of the biggest fires seen in Bradford in decades, to helping vulnerable people at home, expect drama, jeopardy, hair-raising moments and firefighters working day and night to be the best at what they do – with plenty of Yorkshire warmth and humour along the way too.

NEW SERIES OF WISE OWL’S HIT SKY ARTS SERIES LANDS TODAY

Five new episodes of the Sky Arts music documentary series, Guy Garvey: From The Vaults are available from today.

The Elbow frontman has curated a further five hours of his favourite artistes and songs from the Seventies and Eighties, with the new series continuing to uncover rare and previously unseen footage.

The first series, which aired in 2020, included unseen performances by music icons including Kate Bush, and the new episodes will also unearth rare concert and studio performances and revealing interviews that have stayed hidden on the shelves for decades.

Like series one, the second series is also centred around shows which were made by ITV companies around the country – from Central TV’s Revolver to Border TV’s Bliss and Tyne Tees Television’s The Tube - chronicling not just changing musical tastes but the evolution in the UK’s social and cultural history too.

This time the series features the musical sights and sounds of 1978, 1980, 1983, 1985 and 1987, featuring emerging musical genres including the British Ska Revival, Britfunk, gothic rock and the political pop sounds of the early 80s.

KARIIM JOINS WISE OWL FILMS AS PART OF C4 PRODUCTION TRAINING SCHEME

Meet Wise Owl Films' newest team member – Kariim Case, a Leeds-born graduate of Manchester School of Art and Leeds Arts University.

Kariim will be working closely with development executive Lucy Smith, having joined the team as trainee researcher as part of the Channel 4 Production Training Scheme.

While at the School of Art Kariim created a film called, Take Me To The Water,  exploring black masculinity. It was a project for which Kariim won three university awards and had its debut showing at the multi-arts centre HOME in Manchester as part of their FilmedUp Event.

Kariim’s work was also featured as part of Academy Award winning journalist, filmmaker and activist, Sharmeen-Obaid Chinoy's Manchester International Festival exhibition, Home1947.

His film, Home, explored the meaning of the word from the perspective of three different generations of one family. 

 WISE OWL’S FIRST CHANNEL 4 COMMISSION TO AIR ON WEDNESDAY 21st APRIL

WISE OWL’S FIRST CHANNEL 4 COMMISSION TO AIR ON WEDNESDAY 21st APRIL

Wise Owl Films today announced its first Channel 4 commission, Second-Hand For 50 Grand, following the staff and customers of one of Britain’s leading companies in pre-owned luxury.

The 1x60 minute documentary goes behind the scenes at Xupes exploring how second-hand chic is the latest growing trend in the luxury goods industry – from Chanel handbags to rare Rolex watches.

Run by 33-year-old CEO Joe McKenzie, Xupes is a 35-strong team based at the company HQ in Hertfordshire. The documentary follows Joe and his dedicated team as they buy, sell, fix and find the rarest pieces of luxury items on the planet – for clients each with their own special personal reasons for owning, or wanting to own them.

Joe bought his first watch for £500, sold it for £1000 and was hooked. Today the business deals in watches, handbags and jewellery - turning over a neat £15m a year.