SBS picks up The Miscreants
[press release from SBS]
SBS is excited to announce that maverick director George Gittoes’ most recent documentary feature, The Miscreants, will be among its featured offerings at MIPTV 2009.
The third film in George Gittoes’ No Exit trilogy (Soundtrack To War, Rampage and now The Miscreants) takes viewers on an extraordinary journey into a forbidden zone: the remote tribal belt of Pakistan’s northwest frontier, along the mountainous Afghan border, just a cave or two from where the world’s most wanted man reportedly runs ‘Terror Central’.
In his gripping 90-minute film, Gittoes agrees to become an actor in the low-budget Pashto tellie-film industry, thereby giving him access to a dangerous and foreboding region and allowing him to obtain a unique perspective on global and regional popular culture. He examines the fallout of this popular culture from both a fundamentalist Islamic perspective and that of the permissive West.
SBS Content Sales and Distribution National Manager, Sharon Ramsay-Luck, said: “The Miscreants is story-telling at its finest, conveying a message that is challenging and thought-provoking.
“We are pleased to feature The Miscreants among the most diverse catalogue SBS has ever brought to MIP.”
Other titles being launched by SBS at MIPTV 2009 include: the landmark documentary series First Australians, which chronicles the epic cultural collision that marked contemporary Australia’s birth; the documentary / lifestyle series for Generation Y and their parents, The Nest, and; the revealing, intimate documentary Best Undressed, about Australia’s most unusual beauty pageant.
SBS’s new hit comedy series, Swift and Shift Couriers, and series three of the perennially engaging Food Safari are also available. In addition, SBS is offering the new short animated series, Monster Auditions, perfect for the mobile platform.
Kristin Burgham, Manager of SBS Content Sales, will be in attendance at MIPTV 2009, based at the SBS Stand (Stand 04.36).