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Why the FT created a fiction film

February 8, 2023

Posted by Chris Roush

Bron Maher of Press Gazette reports on why the Financial Times developed and produced a 15-minute fiction film about child safety online.

Maher reports, “One of Riddell’s projects at the FT has been ‘FT Standpoint,’ a series of genre-spanning documentaries produced by pairing the paper’s journalists with artists. Capture’s writer, playwright Nina Segal, said after the screening that her research process had involved speaking with FT reporters and tech workers.

“Besides Capture, Standpoint films have included ‘People You May Know,’ a BAFTA-nominated film about privacy starring It’s A Sin actress Lydia West, and ‘Antibiotic resistance: a matter of time,’ which explores ‘the next global health crisis’ through a filmed sequence of projections.

“The FT’s films are free to view, making them a ‘unique tool’ for the newspaper, Riddell said. ‘So I think that they are considered to be a good opportunity to challenge perceptions of what people think of the FT as a newspaper and as a brand. So in that sense, it’s a sort of showcase opportunity for high-quality work.'”

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