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Christ Bearer

BBC Three - Documentary

This hard-hitting BBC Three 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 told in collaboration with director Tim Crawley.

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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

BRIEF

Clockwise encourages our team members and partners to search for original stories and films we can be passionate about making. Director Tim Crawley opened a conversation with Andre Johnson after catching his attention with a previous film about mental health in skateboarding for VICE. We worked with Tim to develop the concept and secure a BBC Three commission.

Production

The film’s delicate subject matter required a considerate and conscientious approach throughout production. Extensive discussions took place before filming could start to ensure all parties were happy that the story could be told in a thoughtful and insightful way that would do justice to the subject matter, audience and platform. Filming in the US meant there would be no opportunities for reshooting – our extensive pre-production research ensured that we captured all scenes, characters and locations in one short trip.

Results

This was a major milestone for Clockwise; our first commission from the BBC and one of the most rewarding projects in our 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 hundreds of thousands 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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