PRESS QUOTES ON Nick O'Dwyer AS DIRECTOR

Hedge Wars BBC1 2011

'I expected the usual neighbours-from-hell documentary – then something wonderful happened' The Guardian

 

Life and Death of a Mobile Phone BBC4 2009

'It was a funny film - full of witty soundbites and lyrical camerawork - but also more than a little bit scary.' Daily Express

 

Strangest Village in Britain Channel 4 2005

'Uplifting, humbling, thought-provoking but never merely strange...' Daily Telegraph

'This great little programme had me dangerously close to tears...' The Observer

'The film is in turns amusing, poignant and uplifting...' The Observer

'By turns funny, touching and profoundly humane...' The Times

'This is fascinating and inspiring...' Financial Times

'A wonderful, tender portrait...' Mirror TV guide

'Both inspiring and strange to watch' Daily Mail

'Compelling documentary...' Daily Telegraph

 

The Angriest Men in Britain ITV1 2002

'Wonderful, powerful and strangely affecting television...' Sunday Telegraph

'I was gulping at the sadness of it all...' Sunday Telegraph

The Campest Men in Britain ITV1 2002

'Clever and touching...' Mail on Sunday

'Absolutely fabulous...' Heat

 

The Strongest Men In Britain ITV1 2002

'There’s nothing as truly weird as humans and there was plenty of weirdness here...' The Times

'Nicely shot – evocative of Ken Loach’s Kes...' Time Out

'Winning and warm-hearted...' Time Out

 

The Unluckiest Faces in Britain ITV1 2002

'A sensitively made programme about quiet desperation...' Daily Express

'Thoughtful, engaging and really rather sensitive...' The Times

'Amazingly thoughtful documentary...' Daily Telegraph

'Thoughtful and rather uplifting...' Financial Times

 

CUTTING EDGE - WORST JOURNEY IN BRITAIN Channel 4 2001

'Inexplicably tucked away in the nether regions of the schedules is this little gem which doubles as an indictment on British public transport...' The Guardian

'Illustrates with the blackest of humour just how bad things have become...' Time Out

'Barmy...' Daily Telegraph

 

Real Life - The Fattest Men in Britain ITV 2001

'You never can tell. Salacious-sounding and shoved to the back of the schedules, The Fattest Men in Britain proved curiously charming and touchingly funny...' The Guardian

'Just as we were feeling guilty for being fascinated, the programme would hit us with some footage that we just couldn’t rip our eyes from....' Daily Express

'A touching and sensitive portrait by Nick O’Dwyer on a subject normally confined to the sideshows..............' Sunday Express

'The sort of images David Attenborough would dedicate a five year trip to the Amazon to discover...' Daily Express

'Nick O’Dwyer’s droll film boasts some delectable comic moments...' Sunday Times

 

REAL LIFE - A GOOD NIGHT OUT ITV 2000

'It could have been the familiar tour through a drunken Friday night. Instead it was a thoughtful glimpse behind the fun-fun-fun facade, revealing scarred lives...' The Times

'There was directorial compassion at work here, of a kind that – a few years ago – would have looked out of fashion...' New Statesman

'Not a pretty picture but a funny one...' OK Magazine

'Touching and intimate insights...' The Guardian

 

CUTTING EDGE - SHOT Channel 4 1999

'Stunning documentary which puts together a devastating portrait of the terrible but seductive power of guns…' Sun

'An intelligently conceived documentary… this is a powerful, intimate film…' Financial Times

'O’Dwyer’s bleak, stylish, dispassionate essay on man and the gun…' The Guardian

'Austere and graphic… an engrossing portrait of a weapon…' Evening Standard

'Nick O’Dwyer’s high calibre film…' Evening Standard

 

SECRET HISTORY - THE CHAIR Channel 4 1998

'What made the film so riveting was that it plaited together a spicy tale of commercial warfare, insights into social attitudes of a century ago and some jaw-dropping revelations…' The Times

'This horribly messy event is reconstructed without sensationalism in Nicholas O’Dwyer’s excellent film…' The Guardian

'Dinner part conversation it ain’t, but Nicholas O’Dwyer’s film makes electrifying viewing…' Daily Telegraph

'This was terrific television and another feather in the Secret History cap…' Evening Standard

 

MODERN TIMES - BYSTANDERS BBC2 1997

'A catalogue of stories in which people told their tales simply and clearly, it was a brutally aggressive film, one of the most violent I have seen in a long time. But the real violence is in what you feel. And these stories: you felt them.' Daily Express

'Nicholas O’Dwyer’s haunting film shone its light on the ways in which an attacker’s punch leaves scars on people who were never his victims...' The Times

'Stories to make your blood boil and make you think in a powerful documentary...' Sunday Times

'One day, all documentaries will be made like this...' Time Out

 

MODERN TIMES - DOG TROUBLE BBC2 1996

'Dog Trouble doesn’t pull on the heart strings but rather wrenches the heart apart... Deeply black humour is plucked from everyday situations with witty use of music and sharp editing. This is one of those films which will stick in the memory...' Time Out

'The title says it all. This jaw-dropping film is a graphic demonstration of just how much trouble dogs can be. The subject is not, of course, dogs, but a particular form of human madness...' Daily Mail

'Nick O’Dwyer’s brilliant Modern Times...' The Guardian

 

MODERN TIMES - TRACY AND JOEY BBC2 1996

'The craftsmanship of Nick O’Dwyer’s Tracy and Joey was special. The elegiac pacing was dressed with poetic commentary, elegant camerawork and sensitive use of music, helping towards a poignant evocation of the hard life and terrible death of Joey’s loyal' Daily Telegraph

'This sombre and profoundly affecting film is produced by Nick O’Dwyer, who made last year’s memorable Bogus Callers. It is another chastening story of society in collapse, a terrible story beautifully told...' Daily Mail

'It would be difficult not to be affected by this distressing film...' Evening Standard

 

MODERN TIMES - BOGUS CALLERS BBC2 1995

'It is a film to make you weep, but with tears of anger as well as pity.....from the maker of the excellent Open Prison.....' Daily Mail

'Nick O’Dwyer’s film deserves all the angry tears it will jerk...' Sunday Telegraph

'A programme to make the blood boil...' Evening Standard

'It really makes you want to spit...' Time Out

'Hideously compelling viewing...' The Times

 

MODERN TIMES - OPEN PRISON BBC2 1995

'This is an extraordinary film...' Daily Mail