As a nation with a strong local culture the Island is ‘content rich’. Where else could one of the most successful motorbike films have been made? “Closer to the Edge” has been recently complemented by “3 Wheeling”, a documentary about sidecar racing. Unique as well is ‘The Watchmaker’s Apprentice’ which tells the inspirational story of how Dr. George Daniels rose from Dickensian poverty to become the finest watchmaker of the modern era and how Roger Smith embarked on an obsessive, seven-year quest to become his apprentice and eventually, his equal. And if you spot a camera crew in the streets or hills it could be one of several independent local filmmakers, or a team from ‘Culture Vannin’ documenting the Isle of Man – ‘Ellan Vannin’ in Gaelic – ‘Manx’ culture and heritage.
Sports and Events
The Isle of Man is home to leading global sports production companies, producing entertainment and factual programmes from all over the world for over 20 years. Companies in the sports and event arena have previously and continue to provide content to major international broadcasters and major commercial clients, such as:
• Red Bull
Along with professional crew and equipment in all forms of sports and events production, there are specialist drone companies with several locally-based and licensed operators, and drones equipped with high quality 4K cameras.
Since 2010, the MannIN Shorts scheme has provided a platform for independent filmmakers of any age to build their skills, develop their ideas and make films, encouraging and supporting a plethora of co-funded short films and competitions. MannIN Shorts runs a ongoing series of industry-led workshops and training across all disciplines that include everything from scriptwriting, though production and post production. The Isle of Man Film Festival has provided a great showcasing opportunity. Films produced through the scheme have gone on to win international awards and many of the participants have progressed to careers within the industry.