Welcome to 2014…time for a BLTV Reflection of 2013

2013 was a fantastic year for BLTV and Polar Star Films with Google and the World Brain being screened and screened and then screened some more.


After getting the year off to a high with Sundance Film Festival, Google and the World Brain went on to screen at countless festivals and on numerous television channels, in many countries throughout the world. Ben took the challenge of attending as many of these festivals as possible to talk with the audience and to get involved in a number of Q&A sessions. If you were lucky enough to catch the film, on the big screen or on the telly, then you will understand all of the hype that came with it. A fascinating subject which gave as many new questions as it answered.

If you are still looking for the opportunity to watch, you can! Stream the film here on Distrify or buy the DVD through the Polar Star Website.


Aside from Google and the World Brain, Ben was involved in other numerous exciting projects.

CPH:Market – Ben was asked to be a curator for a video-on-demand film market that was running in connection with the CPH:DOX festival. He was tasked with selecting 10 British films for the market. More information can be found via the CPH:DOX website.

Eyestorm Guest Curator – Ben was asked to be a guest curator for Eyestorm online contemporary art magazine. He was tasked with curating an ongoing series of prints from artists that, in his opinion, can last the distance.

eyestorm1  LIA  eyestorm3

New Projects – 2013 saw Ben begin development on 3 new films. This has so far included a number of world-wide shoots, lots of interesting interviews and plenty of pitches. Watch this space for more news on these projects!

And last, but certainly not least, 2013 also saw Ben welcome his son into the world! Congratulations to Ben and his girlfriend Niamh on the birth of Lorcan!


Here’s to 2014!

Ben Lewis Films has a brand new Facebook Page


Exciting news! Ben Lewis moves into the 21st Century with a shiny new internet space dedicated to bringing you all things BLTV from the comfort of your own home. Keep watching this space for exciting updates and news about Ben’s films, Ben’s thoughts and well, Ben himself. For example; do you know when Ben’s birthday is? No? Find out by clicking HERE

Or if you’d just like to like the page: Ben Lewis Films


Ben’s Crew


Abbie Loadman
Ben’s Assistant and Researcher

Mobile +44 (0)7983392296 / Office +44 (0) 207 281 6296

Abbie has been working for BLTV since 2013. Starting as an intern working on post-production for What Brits Love (2012) and again in an office-based placement, Abbie joined the team, organising the day-to-day running of the office as well as research for upcoming productions. She is also responsible for DVD productions, sales and web content management at BLTV.

Prior to this, Abbie graduated from the University for the Creative Arts with a BA Hons Film Production degree and has gained experience in a number of production companies including Crow Hill Films and Mentorn Media.

Katharina Harnack

Mobile +44 (0) 7857 116 886  /  Office +44 (0) 207 281 6296

Katharina has been working for BLTV since 2007. She has been involved in the pre- and post-production and shooting of a number of films: Poor Us (2012), Google and the World Brain (2012), What Brits Love (2011/12), The Great Contemporary Art Bubble (2008/9) and Agent Moura (2007). Beside in-depth research for upcoming projects, Katharina has organised shootings, locations and interview partners, has been involved in archive research, voice-over productions and translations. She is responsible for DVD productions, sales and web content management at BLTV.

Katharina also works for October Films and Crow Hill Films.

Having studied Cultural Management in Friedrichshafen and Barcelona and Contemporary Art History in London, she speaks fluent English, German, Spanish and French.


Viva Van Loock


Viva Van Loock is an experienced AP who has worked on a range of documentaries from history and current affairs to arts.  She worked with Ben on his feature length documentary about the contemporary art boom ‘The Great Contemporary Art Bubble’ for the BBC, Arte/ZDF and a further ten international broadcasters.  She helped find and contact inerviewees for the programme, carry out background and ongoing research into the art market and organized shoots across the globe including the USA, China, the Middle East and Europe.

Before moving to BLTV Viva worked at Juniper Productions where she developed and worked as an AP on the Prix Europa nominated Dispatches series ‘Immigration: the Inconvenient Truth’, with Rageh Omaar.  Whilst at Juniper she also Assistant Produced Antony Thomas’s the Qur’an (also nominated for a Prix Europa).

Viva has also worked at Blakeway Productions on a diverse range of projects including Panorama:  ‘How to Poison a Spy’ – an investigation into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, ‘Adventures for boys: John Buchan’ and ‘God is Green’, a documentary examining the role of religion in global warming.  She also worked as an Assistant Producer for ‘Clash of Worlds’, a three-part history examining Britain’s interaction with the Islamic World before assisting in the re-editing of Niall Ferguson’s ‘The War of the World’ for PBS.

Guy Nisbett
Off- and On-line editor extraordinaire



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