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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.
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.
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 documentar
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/
Blowing Up Paradise 2004, 80′ feature documentar
Baader Meinhof: In Love With Terror Autumn 2002 – 1 x 70 min digibeta documentar
The King of Communism:
R.U.E.U? 1 x 85’ Widescreen
Rover: Last Chance Saloon Blakeway Associates
Natwest: The Tower of Dreams, British Empires series Blakeway Associates
The Lost Race. 1 x 50’ widescreen