History has a script
The history of mankind is in large part the story of the traffic between the three great civilizations of the Old World: the West, the East and Islam - three cultures that have warred, traded and debated for centuries - and the most obvious sign of difference between these societies is the way they write. The badge of Western civilization is the Latin alphabet. The flowing script of Islam and the calligraphy of China are equally distinct and equally characteristic. But these three writing systems do more than simply symbolize the differences between the societies that use them. They helped to create those differences in the first place. The way that people write influences what they write, and thereby what they think, and who they become. The story of the struggle between the West, the East and Islam is written in their writing systems. Over three films, IT IS WRITTEN will tell the story of writing, and in doing so, reveal the influences that have shaped society for thousands of years, creating the world we live in now, with its divisions and contrasts.
Independent project commissioned/pre-bought by or co-produced with international broadcaster(s)
David SINGTON has been making award-winning films for over twenty years. He has over 30 credits as director and has filmed on every continent on the planet, from the Amazon to the Antarctic. His films have helped to free the innocent, convict the guilty and have changed government policy. He has won numerous awards, including a Grierson Award, two WildScreen Pandas, Gold and Silver Hugos, and an EarthWatch Award. His feature documentary In the Shadow of the Moon was an Audience Award winner at Sundance and many other film festivals and became one of the best-reviewed cinema releases of 2007, with general releases in the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Germany and France, and selling to date nearly a million DVDs. His films Thin Ice and Licence to Krill are both finalists at this year's Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Awards and his new theatrical feature The Fear of 13 will premiere in competition at the BFI London Fim Festival in October and will be distributed in the UK by Dogwoof Films. It will be broadcast by the BBC in 2016.
Martin has been producing documentaries for the past eight years. Beginning as production manager for Four Wings and a Prayer (nominated for an Emmy), Two in the Wave (official selection at the Cannes Film Festival) and The Great Journey of Charles Darwin. He has produced numerous international co-productions, notably the feature length docu-drama Hitler’s Museum sold in over 20 countries, Mister Wong, and The Emperor’s Lost Harbour. At this year’s Jackson Hole Wildlife Festival, two films produced by Martin (Licence to Krill – which was directed by David SINGTON - and The Messenger) won awards (Best Science and Nature Documentary and Best Conservation Documentary). Martin has a master’s degree in Applied Foreign Languages.
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