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SKY ARTS COMMISSION NEW DOCUMENTARY FOR 40th
June 05,  2017   -    Brian Quinn  /  Elvis Express Radio
European pay-TV operator Sky Arts has commissioned a new documentary from Fireball TV and copro and distributor Raydar Media about the legendary singer Elvis Presley.

The Seven Ages of Elvis (90 minute run time) goes on a search to explore who Presley was and his impact on pop culture. Using Shakespeare’s “Seven Ages of Man” as a
framework, the film examines his life act by act: from his impoverished childhood in the American South, through his rise to international fame, to his Las Vegas years and his death
in 1977.

Combining archive material with personal testimonies from those who knew Presley best, the film sheds new light on his global success and asks why audiences are still drawn to
him decades after his death.

Fireball is producing in association with distributor and co-financier Raydar Media, which is part of Plimsoll Productions.
Upshal, who created BBC Two’s long-running Victorian Farm format, is producing and directing.

Sky Arts commissioning editor Barbara Lee said Upshal’s “passion for Elvis is second to none and his approach to the documentary is both intriguing and unique”.
Alison Rayson is executive producer, with Iris Maor head of producton and Will Yates producer.

Upshal, who launched his indie this year, began his career at UK pubcaster the BBC, where he directed series such as Windrush and programmes including The Hip Hop Years.
Internationally, he has executive produced shows for the BBC, History Channel, National Geographic, Channel 4 and Arte.

More recently, he oversaw BBC Two’s Ireland with Simon Reeve, BBC Four’s Genius of the Modern World and Channel 4’s Extreme Food.

More information as we get it.

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