Billy Connolly’s Big Send Off
Burning Bright Productions ITV 1 08.05.14
Full post production on 2 x 60 min documentary for ITV 1.
In this two-part series, Billy Connolly undertakes a personal journey to evaluate and explore the ways in which we deal with the end of our lives - across all religious, cultural and social boundaries. With his trademark charisma and curiosity, he discovers what death means to different communities and the diverse ways in which it is marked. Billy looks at some of the people for whom death is big business as well as opening up about his own father's passing and how he himself would like to be remembered. In this first episode, Billy embarks on a poignant but entertaining trip by visiting a convention for funeral directors in Austin, Texas, to check out the best deals for the dearly departed. He also gets the lowdown on a drive-through funeral parlour in Los Angeles and experiences a voodoo ceremony in New Orleans. The Big Yin also talks to his old pal Eric Idle about how Monty Python's Always Look on the Bright Side of Life has become a huge hit at funerals.
Aidan Farrell graded the two-part series with the Nucoda Film Master, Thomas Holborow completed the online with Avid Symphony and Stewart Marshall mixed in Pro Tools 11.