Gavin Searle
filmography

Significant films to date


A Year in the Tree Tops (2016-17 TBC) Three x 60 min films. Will Millard heads off to try and live with the remote Korowai tribe of West Papua, only to find that things are never what they seem. Produced by Keo Films for BBC2. (Role: Director /Camera).

Millennium Children (2015).
One x 60 min film. Fifteen years on from setting up of the Millennium Goals, how far have we come? Growing up in some of the toughest places on the planet through the eyes of young people. Produced by Keo Films for BBC1. (Role: Director /Camera).

I Bought A Rainforest (2013-14). Three x 60 min films. Wildlife photographer Charlie Hamilton James buys 100 acres of Peruvian rainforest and learns (the hard way) that solving poverty is key to saving the rainforest. Produced by Keo Films for BBC2. (Role: Series Director /Camera). See Nominations & Awards.

Arctic (2010). One x 60 min film following Bruce Parry to Siberia as he visits the Sakha Republic and Eveny reindeer herders. Produced by Indus Films for BBC2. (Role: Producer/Director/Camera).

Welcome to Lagos (2009-10). Three x 60 min observational films inside the slums of Lagos, Nigeria. How to survive, prosper and triumph. Produced Keo Films for BBC2. (Role: Series Director/Camera). See Nominations & Awards.

Fish: A Japanese Obsession (2008-09). One x 90 min film understanding the Japanese through their intense relationship with fish. Presented by Charles Rangeley Wilson. Produced by Keo Films for BBC4 – Japan Season. (Role: Producer/Director/Camera).

Bobski the Builder (2007-08). One x 60 min observational film looking at the different cultural approaches to work and workmanship between one group of British and Polish builders. Produced by Princess productions for Channel 4 - Cutting Edge. (Role: Director/Camera).

Meet the Natives (2006-2007). Three x 60 min observational films in reverse anthropology where a group of tribal villagers do the anthropology on British working, middle and upper class life. Produced by Keo Films for Channel 4. (Role: Series Director/Camera). See Nominations & Awards.

Tribe (2006-2007). Two x 60 min programmes for popular anthropology series following presenter Bruce Parry to remote tribal communities. Layaps of Bhutan (Himalayas) and the Penan of Sarawak, Borneo. Produced by BBC Wales. (Role: Director/Producer/Camera). See Nominations & Awards.

Allergic to Everything (2004-2005).
One x 60 min Observational documentary investigating the world of extreme allergies and how it effects lives. Produced by Cicada Films for Channel 4. (Role: Co-Producer/Director/Camera).

Himalayan Hooks (2005). Five x 30 min documentaries following adventure fisherman Jeremy Wade as he travels to the Indian Himalayas. Set up own company, Chromis Films, to produce series for Discovery Europe. (Role: Series Director/Editor/Camera).

Jungle Hooks (2002). Five x 30 min documentaries on the trail of the world largest freshwater fish, the arapima, with adventure fisherman, Jeremy Wade. Produced by Carlton TV for Discovery Europe. (Role: Series Director/Camera).

The Real Bravo 2 Zero (2001-2002). One x 60 min documentary shot in Iraq finding out the real story behind the failed Bravo 2 Zero, SAS patrol behind enemy lines during the Gulf War. Produced by Fulcrum TV for Channel 4, To the Ends of the Earth strand. (Role: Director).

Jungle Trip (2000-2001). One x 60 min documentary about a plant-collecting mission to Amazonia that goes belly up. Produced by Keo Films for Channel 4, To the Ends of the Earth strand. (Role: Director/Camera).

Welcome to Norfolk to Mr. Griffin (1998-1999). One x 40 min tale of a sixty- four year old woman and her thirty-five year old, one-legged, shell diver boyfriend from the island of St. Kitts. Produced by Mosaic Films for BBC 2. Shot on DV Handicam. (Role: DV Director).

Ciao Brenda Ciao (1995-1996). One x 40 min documentary following the relationship between two gay men (one of which died of AIDS ) and the relationship between life & art. Shot on Beta with Super 8 film inserts. Post-production by North West Arts. (Role: Camera/Producer). See Nominations & Awards.


Other Classics…


Last Leg Down Under (2015-16). Two x 60min film with Channel 4's Last Leg Comedians, Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker as they make a 4000km road trip in search of the b-side to Australia. Produced by True North and Open Mic for Channel 4 (Role: Director).

Tyger Takes On Sexuality (2014-15). One x 60min film with Tyger Drew Honey as he embarks on a personal journey to discovery the new 'non-defined' sexuality of the 21st Century. Produced by Roughcut TV for BBC3 (Role: Director/Camera).

The Big Decision (2012-13). One x 60min film with Jimmy Doherty as he helps disability charity, Papworth Trust win £2 million from Big Lottery Fund. Produced by RDF TV for Channel 4. (Role: Producer/Director).

Secret Millionaire (2012). One x 60min film following eclectic millionaire, Bobby Dudani as he travels to riot hit Croydon. Produced by RDF TV for Channel 4. Shot on HD-XDCAM Panasonic AG-AF10 (Role: Producer/Director)

Street Dance (2011) 1x 60min, 1x 90min documentary films exploring the vivid history of Street Dance in the UK. Produced by FreshOne TV for Channel 4. (Role: Series Director/Camera).

Road Trip (2003-2004). One x 60 min road movie following the exploits of six disabled people in a red double-decker bus as they travel the length of the U.K. causing havoc as a D.I.Y news crew. Produced by Keo Films for Channel 4. (Role: Director/Camera).

Spoilt Rotten (2003). One x 60 min documentary looking at the increasingly consumerist world of the pre-teens. Produced by Yorkshire TV for ITV1 network. Viewing figures 8.2 million. (Role: Director).

Would Like To Meet (2001-2002). Two x 60 min documentaries (2nd series) following dating hopeful on a six week crash course to romance. Produced by Talkback Productions for BBC2. (Role: Producer/Director).

Return to Fantasy Island (2000). Six x 30 min series on club life in Agia Napa, Cyprus. Produced by Keo Films for Channel 4, multi-cultural. (Role: Director/Camera for three programmes).

Can You Live Without Television (2000). One x 30 min programme focusing on a family going without their life support system for three weeks. Produced by Fulcrum TV for Channel 4 Series, Can You Live Without. (Role: Producer/Director/Camera).

Fantasy Island (1999-2000). Six x 30 min series on club life in Agia Napa, Cyprus. Produced by Keo Films for Channel 4, multi-cultural. (Role: Director/Camera for three programmes).

E Kali Zoe (1995-1996). One x 30 min lively and informative documentaries about culture on Paxos, Greece. E Kali Zoe: was short- listed RTS (North West) award - Best non-broadcast programme, 1997. (Role: Camera/Producer). See Nominations & Awards.