Will Francome is an award-winning producer, director, cameraman, editor, and documentary director based in London and New York.
We’re in Brooklyn with documentary maker Will Francome talking about filming on location worldwide and everything from capital punishment, the American criminal justice system, the people who get let off death row, orphanages in Kenya, standing knee deep in sh*t for hours in Norway, ice caves in the Arctic, Thai Kick Boxing, racism, cocaine, pizza, rats carrying slices of pizza and the town in Nebraska with a population of one person. A wonderfully enjoyable insight into the world of a documentary maker with Will Francome.   On this episode we cover:   Pledging allegiance to the US at 6 days old Living between the US and the UK Growing up English and American Being the unaccompanied minor on the plane Feeling both an outsider and an insider Working at a homeless charity leading to documentary making Colin Firth and Livia Firth getting involved Documentaries about the death penalty The American criminal justice system and capital punishment Anti-death penalty activist Clive Stafford-Smith on The Big Travel Podcast Travelling to death row in Pennsylvania Driving across America in an RV to interview people who had been let off death row for One For Ten His new film The Penalty on Amazon Finding how the same things; racism, bad forensics, corrupt police…playing into every single case of mistaken convictions on death row How the US is great…except for capital punishment, guns, healthcare and racism People in prison for non-violent drug offences The US being the most likely country in the world to imprison ‘A massive rush to over-incarcerate’ 13th documentary on Netflix 100 times more prison time for crack cocaine than powder cocaine the racialising of the US criminal justice system Built in racism in the US criminal justice system Monowi in Nebraska with a population of one person (!) The beauty and contrasting US landscape Working for BBC travel, BBC2, Crimebusters Working from everywhere from New York to the Arctic Having to turn down a gig in Chile to standing in sh*t for hours in Norway The unusual story of Svalbard in the Arctic The Svalbard Treaty sharing between 80 countries Touring ice caves with his Arctic explorer mate The moonscape light in the Alaskan mountains in the middle of winter Recent filming in Kenya, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Nigeria… Feeling happiest in South East Asia Visiting Thai Kick Boxing gyms all over Thailand Being so happy to be beaten up in the ring Absolutely loving Africa Making a film about the pitfalls of orphanages in Kenya How tourists paying to visit orphanages can be traumatic to the children Travelling around with armed guards Many children in orphanages having a living parent The pressures of documentary makers to being impartial and portray truth Living in Brooklyn; noise, honking cars, museums, bars and pizza The food being the best thing Apartments being too small to cook in How months of snow can drive you crazy NYC being a visual feast for film-makers The spectacular feeling of arriving in Manhattan from Long Island New York in the 1980s being a more dangerous place Manhattan losing its crown to areas like Brooklyn The pros and cons of gentrification New York having become a shockingly expensive city Being shocked by more homogenous areas in American Flushing in Queens having more nationalities than anywhere else on earth Being able to eat a different type of restaurant every night of the year Avoiding the bin rats Loving going to the Mets with his brother, taking the ferry from Brooklyn to Manhattan and having the best pizza in the world Being happiest with a slice of pizza and a dive bar Lisa loving coming up with New York Songs (Living for the City, Across 110th Street, Nights on Broadway) How Manu Chao captures the international travelling spirit    
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Dec 9th, 1981
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34 minutes, 41 seconds
Podchaser Creator ID logo 922520