Archive for October, 2011

Colin Barr Executive Producer, BBC. Notes from the Coventry Conversation:

The BBC are re-setting up the documentary division.

‘Our War’

  • Series of films about the conflict in Afghanistan
  • Aimed at a younger audience
  • footage shot by the soldiers themselves to give a unique perspective
  • 1st person perspective
  • Colin Barr came on board just after the M.O.D signed up to it
  • M.O.D can see an early cut, they need to see it so they can raise issues about it, e.g making sure it does not show sensitive information
  • Safety meetings would take place
  • Critically, well received
  • “Antagonized all groups equally” – Colin Barr
  • on the M.O.D “Weren’t quite ready about the questions it posed” – Colin Barr
  • Some of the footage was ‘helmet cam’ some were done on simple ‘flip cams’
  • “In some ways it’s like a normal documentary” – Colin Barr
  • Personal choice for helmet cams. When helmet cams were affordable, some footage had been shared on ‘Youtube’, M.O.D got scared and tried to limit the cameras because of security issues (2007)
  • “Found the sound of panic haunting” – Colin Barr on selecting the clips for the program.
  • The team always tried to watch the footage together.
  • The team had to go on a trauma awareness course
  • People who watched the program were not put off about signing up.
  • He says retrospective interviews were important, as it was important to the viewer. Without it, the clips would be hard to understand.


In Induction week I went round the Coventry Transport Museum. It wasn’t the first time I have been round it. In fact it was perhaps my fourth time. But I still find it highly enjoyable. I just love finding out about this great City’s (Coventry) History and how it was so integral to the rest of the country!

A win for Coventry City!
The Sky Blues picked up a vital 3 points today against local rivals Nottingham Forrest (Sat OCT 15th 2011)
Lukas Jutkiawitz scored a bullet6 header in the second half to put the Sky Blues 1 up. The score-line stayed that way. But there was mixed emotions at the end as Joe Murphy the Cov Stopper was layed out due to a collision with the post and a Nottingham Forrest player. He was walked off the pitch to a huge round of applause from the 15+ Supporters (One of Cov’s Highest attendances this season) Cov had to cling on to their narrow lead for 10minutes. The crown was nervous, as they have dropped so many points in injury time this season. It was a good solid performance from the Sky Blues today, but they will have to play a lot better and stay focused for longer if they are going to beat or even get a point against Leeds on Tuesday night!