Documentaries

 

Quamar: Working To Live

Shot in Hyderabad, the film tells the story of a little girl who is forced to work due to poverty but dreams about going to school.

 

In addition to a Bafta nomination, the film has won a string of other awards, Best Short Film Dubai International Film Festival, Audience Award Iffla in LA , Audience award, Lucas International Festival. Germany, Human Rights Award Lola Kenya Festival (Kenya ) . It has shown at major international Film festivals around the world including the prestigious IDFA Amsterdam film Festival.

 

Year of Production: 2008

Directed by: Preeya Nair

Produced by: Murali Nair

 

 

Play Time

A series of 10 documentaries shot in a village outside Hyderabad. We follow the innovative ways in which children in India keep themselves entertained.

 

While the adults work, children keep themselves occupied playing with water, bits of string, stones, in fact anything they can lay their hands on. Each game is a way for them to learn about the way the world around them works. Of course learning through fun, but the way we would see it in the west.

 

Client: Five TV, UK

Target Audience: 4-10 Years Old

No. of Episodes: 10 x 22 mins

TX: Summer 2009

 

A Different Life 3

Stories about British young people whose families chose live an alternative life, exposing them to a variety of living conditions in different parts of the world. We filmed families living In a sailing boat, in a small town in India, in the middle of Okawanga delta of Botswana, surrounded by wild animals, among others.

 

Client: Five TV, UK

Target Audience: 4-10 Years Old

No. of Episodes: 13 x 22 mins

TX: Winter 2005

A Different Life 2

Stories about British young people whose families chose to live a life different from many of their friends. Stories we filmed include a boarding school in India, Caravan site in the UK and Eco farm in the south of England.

 

Client: Five TV, UK

Target Audience: 4-10 Years Old

No. of Episodes: 13 x 22 mins

TX: Winter 2004

A Different Life 1

Stories about British children from travellers families growing up in a multicultural Britain. The children explain their particular way of life.

 

Client: Five TV, UK

Target Audience: 4-10 Years Old

No. of Episodes: 13 x 22 mins

TX: Winter 2003

Miracles of Faith

In addition to making youth programmes, Flying Elephant has also made a highly successful religious series. Subject of a Channel 5 nationwide advertising campaign, 'Miracles of Faith' is a 10 part series broadcast on Sunday mornings, exploring contemporary religious phenomena worldwide.

 

Visiting sites in the UK, Ireland, India and America, the programme tells extraordinary stories from the mouths of the ordinary people who experienced them, often filming the evidence first hand. Ranging across the esoteric spectrum from cures to apparitions, spirit guides to signs and symbols, 'Miracles of Faith' investigates fascinating occurrences in a down-to-earth way.

 

Client: Channel 5

Target Audience: General

No. of Episodes: 10 x 30 mins

TX: Autumn 2000

You Know what I'm Saying

They say that great minds don't think alike - but we found a diversity of thought and opinion amongst young people too. From the radically politicised to the latest recruits in the gender wars we've trawled the world to find out what pressing issues keep you thinking. The programme that explores the ever changing youth cultures around the world. We travelled across the world to find out what the thoughts of contemporary teenagers.

 

What children do to chill out in America? what the coolest fashion labels are in Japan? what growing up is like in Brazil? or what British teenagers take on the drug scene is? ... well 'You Know What I'm Saying' tells it how it is and provokes you to ask even more questions.

 

Client: Channel 5

Target Audience: Children & Young People

No. of Episodes: 13 x 30 mins

TX: Winter 2002

First Kiss

'First Kiss' is a 13 part documentary programme focusing on aspects surrounding sexuality, love and romance for young people in the 21st century. Taking the camera to a host of different countries with youngsters black and white, male and female, gay and straight - 'First Kiss' creates a fascinating snapshot of opinions, beliefs and practices across the modern globe. With engaging candour, colourful arrays of characters discuss the philosophies, morals and practical complexities, joys, pains and dangers of the mating game.

 

Client: Channel 5

Target Audience: Children & Young People

No. of Episodes: 13 x 30 mins

TX: Autumn 2000

My Story

'My Story' is a 26 part series of short films exploring the exciting, challenging and uplifting lives of a group of varied young people from all backgrounds, classes, races, colours and creeds in the United Kingdom.

 

A celebration of young achievement - sometimes against the odds - of unusual talents, hobbies, jobs and circumstances, the programme asks teenagers at the turn of the century to share their personal experiences and stories.

 

Client: Channel 5

Target Audience: Children & Young People

No. of Episodes: 26 x 10 mins

TX: Summer 1998

Murali in Moncombu

A half-hour documentary following the process of Murali making his second feature "A Dog's Day" on the island of Moncombu in Kerala. Containing interviews with the director, as well as the local people who took part in the film, this film provides an important insight into the director's thought processes while making the film. It also illuminates the everyday lives of the cast of non actors who took part in the film.

 

Directed by: Preeya Nair

Produced by: Flying Elephant Films

Duration: 34 mins

Year of Production: 2001

 

 

 

 

 

Portrait

In Leicester Square, London, a group of portrait artists come every day to draw portraits of tourists passing through. As we watch them at work the filmmaker creates a portrait of their lives. We hear the stories which have brought them to this place.

 

Client: National Film & TV School & BBC2

Produced & Directed: Preeya Nair

Duration: 30 mins

Year: 1998

 

 

 

 

 

A Stone on My Heart

In Leicester Square, London, a group of portrait artists come every day to draw portraits of tourists passing through. As we watch them at work the filmmaker creates a portrait of their lives. We hear the stories which have brought them to this place.

 

Client: National film and TV school, UK

Produced & Directed: Preeya Nair

Duration: 20 mins

Year: 1996

Diploma film by: Preeya Nair

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