Films of Record is an award-winning independent television production company. It was founded in 1979 by Roger Graef, recently awarded the BAFTA Fellowship for Lifetime Achievement and an OBE for services to television. The company specialises in high quality factual programming in observational documentaries on social issues, criminal justice and business, current affairs, science, political comedy and arts.
Best known for gaining access to film sensitive subjects, Films of Record teams have been allowed to film for months following events and decisions inside normally confidential situations such as multinational boardrooms, the UN, the EU, government ministries, courts, hospitals, prisons, police, schools, social work, family therapy, probation, research laboratories and trials. They have filmed in such sensitive subject areas as scientists trying to develop a vaccine, the work of Mappas dealing with sex offenders coming out of prison, management consultants working with clients, police and investigators exploring the causes of a major train crash, the work of a school for the most disturbed children in Britain, and hospital consultants making life and death decisions. Many of their films are used long after transmission as accurate independent accounts of the work of the institutions concerned. The FoR team produced the first three Amnesty comedies, including The Secret Policeman’s Ball, which is still in distribution. The company also made seventy-six episodes of WEB LIVES, the first online documentary obdoc series