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BBC Three

The Rapper Who Chopped His Penis Off - Mental health and music documentary

This hard-hitting documentary took Clockwise to the heart of the LA hip-hop community to examine questions about mental health in the music industry. The heart-wrenching story of Wu-Tang affiliate Andre Johnson, aka Christ Bearer, was produced for BBC Three and released via iPlayer to coincide with the channel’s mental health season.

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Feature Length Documentary

No. 1

Most watched on I Player

4,000,000

Online Views

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Cut downs for social

Top 3

Pick of the week

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Ground breaking story

“Looking great, well-done guys. Good job.”
- Max Gogarty - Executive Editor - BBC Three

Execution

We worked with director Tim Crawley to develop the documentary concept and secure a commission from the BBC. The film’s delicate subject matter required a considerate and conscientious approach throughout production. Extensive discussions took place before filming could begin, to ensure all parties were comfortable that the story could be told in a thoughtful and insightful way that would do justice to the subject matter, audience and platform.

This was a major milestone for Clockwise; our first commission from the BBC and one of the most rewarding projects in the company’s history. The documentary instantly became one of the most-watched programmes on iPlayer, providing a platform for a brave and charming character to tell an important story, reaching millions of people, and sparking a conversation about issues that are often hidden. The film formed an integral part of BBC Three’s mental health season and paved the way for future documentary collaborations.

The documentary

Behind The scenes

Director

Tim Crawley

Producer

Ollie Prince

Camera

Adam Beasley

Editor

Dan Higginson

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