Breaking the City

The Mundane, the Exciting, the Unusual and the Everyday

Following on from the feature film Life in a Day, this 90-minute film directed by BAFTA winner Morgan Matthews offers an extraordinarily candid look at 21st century life across the UK, crafted from over 750 hours of footage, including 11,526 clips submitted to YouTube. The documentary offers remarkable insight into the lives, loves, fears and hopes of people living in Britain today. This captivating self-portrait of Britain forms part of the BBC's Cultural Olympiad.

On that day in November 2011, Veto Films visited the Phoenix Futures drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in South Shields. As we explored the centre’s fascinating approach to rehabilitation and got to know some of its characters, the similar theme emerged to that of the film as a whole; that family is what matters most.

After Britain In A Day premiered on BBC Two an immersive online archive was launched to showcase the full-length submissions the film is comprised of. Our sequence appears 30 minutes into the film.

On Saturday 12 November 2011 an eclectic range of British people turned the camera on themselves, capturing the mundane, the exciting, the unusual, the poignant and the everyday.

The result, Britain in a Day tells the fascinating story of the British public in their own words.

A follow up to the film 'Life in a Day', the film was Produced by Ridley Scott and the BBC.

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