The Real Tom Thumb: Histories Smallest Superstar

Wingspan Productions | BBC 4
COLOURIST

Aidan Farrell

AUDIO

Finishing post production on 1 x 90 min feature documentary for BBC 4.

Michael Grade reveals the extraordinary and utterly unique story of General Tom Thumb, the world's first global show business celebrity. Just 31 inches tall, he went from humble beginnings in America to international superstardom, eventually performing on stage before over 50 million people, including President Lincoln and a devoted Queen Victoria. Yet Tom Thumb didn't choose his own career and his selling point was his disability. Is this story one of success or exploitation? And why do we remain just as fascinated by performers with unusual bodies?

As an impresario and lifelong entertainment devotee Michael sets out to follow the remarkable life of Tom Thumb (real name Charles Stratton) from his discovery aged four by the legendary showman PT Barnum to his setting out on the first ever show business world tour. The journey takes him to New York and across snowy New England, then back to the UK to discover how adored Stratton was by the British public. It features exquisite hand-made suits, tiny bespoke carriages and the first ever visit by a film crew to Stratton's specially designed home, complete with miniature staircase.

Aidan Farrell graded the documentary with the Nucoda Film Master, Del Shoebridge completed the online with Avid Symphony and Dan Chapman mixed the audio in Pro Tools 11.

 

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