He presented from Japan and location-produced a film Japan Tsunami: How it Happenedfor Pioneer which was shown in the UK on Channel 4 and the US as part of the flagship
It has won two of the most prestigious broadcast awards in the US. The American
Association for the Advancement of Science Award for the best long-form science documentary
of the year and the Dupont-Columba prize for Broadcast Journalism (described as the
Pulitzer Prize for broadcast journalism and awarded by the same organisation). See
background video here
Through Outsider he has made two films in the last year. The first, Sudan:War and
Independencewas made for AlJazeera and TXedin July
To make the film Callum Macrae and John D McHugh travelled secretly into South Kordofan
defying a Khartoum imposed no-fly zone to find evidence of the bombing of civilians
in the Nuba Mountains. There,in a world exclusive,Callum interviewed the leader
of the rebel SPLA-N forces, Abdel Aziz Al-Hilu
In October Outsider made a 10 minute short for Channel 4 News about Lt Col Nicholas
Mercer, who was the British Army’s top lawyer in Iraq at the time of the coalition
invasion in 2003. It was Col Mercer’s job to make sure UK forces obeyed international
laws of war. But when he tried to prevent the abuse of Iraqi prisoners and ensure
that UK forces acted lawfully he was blocked, vilified and silenced by his superiors
in the MOD. In this exclusive interview he describes what happened.
At the beginning of the year Callum also spent a couple of weeks in Los Angeles directing
and filming some of the early events in the trial of Dr Conrad Murray over the death
of Michael Jackson for a documentary on the doctor’s trial which has been transmitted
around the world in the last three months.
For next year we have been developing a number of projects including a science documentary
for the UK and US and a Fact-Ent format show.
IIt has already been a busy year for the Outsider team. Callum Macrae has recently
completed work as Director on Sri Lankas Killing Fields: War Crimes unpunished, a
follow up to the award-winning documentary Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields made by ITN
for Channel 4 . The first film, Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields
which has been shown and acclaimed around the world – and has been nominated for
the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. This film made by (ITN for C4) – containied shocking
revelations about the Sri Lankan government slaughter of as many as 40,000 civilians
at end of the civil war in 2009. Shown on TV stations and screened at events around
the world, the film has had a huge impact and has been raised in parliaments worldwide
including India, the UK and Australia.
The followup has created even more controversy with its revalations causing uproar
in the Indian Parliament and the programme being credited with causing India to change
it policy on support for a UN resolution on Sri Lanka.