PROFILE

ABOUT BEN

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Ben Lewis is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, author and art critic, whose films have been shown by the BBC, Channel 4, Arte, PBS, Al-Jazeera, ABC-Australia and other major broadcasters around the world. Over the years he has won various awards including a Peabody, Grierson, US National Headliner and German Grimme Prize, and his films have been shown in exhibitions in public museums in Britain and Germany.

Ben’s latest feature documentaries “Chancers – the Great Gangster Film Fraud” and ‘A Banker’s Guide to Art were shown on the BBC in January 2016. Falciani’s Tax Bomb opened the Barcelona documentary festival in 2015, was one of three films nominated for the German Fernsehpreis, and was broadcast on ARD, Arte and many other European channels. “Google and the World Brain” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013 and was shown on the BBC, Arte, Al-Jazeera-US and at 60 film festivals. My 2012 film “Poor Us: An Animated History of Poverty” was also shown on over 70 TV channels.

Some of his feature documentaries and televised series’ have been on highly topical subjects and have provoked public debate and influenced political decision-making. ‘The Great Contemporary Art Bubble’ stimulated an international controversy, still continuing today, about the art market in 2009, while ‘Blowing Up Paradise: French Nuclear Testing in the Pacific” (2004) is credited with influencing the French government’s decision to compensate its soldiers and citizens who suffered illnesses after working on atomic installations in Tahiti.

Ben also writes as a historian and art critic. ‘Hammer and Tickle’, a history of humour under Communism was published by Weidenfeld and Nicholson in Britain in 2008 and in America, Brazil, Poland, Italy, among other countries, in the following years. This year has seen the publication of Ben’s first monograph on an artist, ‘David Hepher: Grain of Concrete’. In the past Ben has written articles published in Die Welt, Prospect Magazine, Sunday Telegraph, The Observer, Financial Times, Liberation, etc.

CONSULTANCY

Ben Lewis is available for consultancy and public speaking on a wide variety of cultural topics, ranging from documentary-film-making to the Internet Communism and Contemporary Art. Over the past decade Ben has gained immense experience of the global cultural scene thanks both to his documentaries, and to his articles and reviews in British, European and American journals.

Ben is available for talks, debates and seminars. In recent years he has to spoken at university faculties across the world, at museums and at high-profile Intelligence Squared debates.

FILMOGRAPHY

Workers or Shirkers? Ian Hislop’s Victorian Benefits HD 60’, 2016

A Banker’s Guide to Art HD, 90’ feature documentary, 2016

Chancers: The Great Gangster Film Fraud HD, 90’ feature documentary, 2015

Falciani’s Tax Bomb HD, 90′ feature length documentary 2014

Google and the World Brain HD 90′ feature doco, 2012

Poor Us An Animated History of Poverty HD 60′, 2012

What Brits Love 5 x 45′ HD documentary and animated series 2012

The Great Contemporary Art Bubble  HD, 90′ feature doco, 2009

Hammer and Tickle – The Communist Joke Book  2006, 90’ Digibeta, DV, super 8, flash animation.

Art Safari I and Art Safari II  2005/6, two series of 4 x 30 minute documentaries

Blowing Up Paradise  2004, 80′ feature documentary

Baader Meinhof: In Love With Terror Autumn 2002 – 1 x 70 min digibeta documentary

The King of Communism: The Pomp and Pageantry of Nicolae Ceauceasu 
Documentary about Ceausescu, 2001.

R.U.E.U? 1 x 85’ Widescreen DV cam, Computer animation, Polaroids 2000.

Rover: Last Chance Saloon  Blakeway Associates for Channel 4 Digibeta & super 8, 2000

Natwest: The Tower of Dreams, British Empires series Blakeway Associates for Channel 4 Digibeta & super 8, 2000

The Lost Race. 1 x 50’ widescreen digibeta, 1999.