Paul Bell, whose credits include ground-breaking archive documentaries Amy and Senna, and fellow archive producer James Hunt, the former head of archive at Princess Productions, set up Dog and Duck Films, a production company and archive research firm, last month. The duo plan to help TV and film productions work with archive footage, as well as producing their own TV shows and films.
“I have described what I do as ‘make films without a camera’, and part of our aim is to do that” , Bell stated. “The other side is about working with talented film-makers who might be baffled by archive, which is an industry we understand. It’s about finding new stories –Amy and Senna were historical documentaries but they were also new stories”. Dog and Duck is currently working on feature documentary about Cecil Beaton, as well as the development of an unnamed co-production.