19 April 2016


By Danny Kelly | Categorised in News, VIP Guest Speakers, Student Stories, Industry Interviews, Film News

We are very excited to exclusively reveal information on one of our most high-profile and prestigious projects to date!

What’s the project?

The as yet untitled project is a 60 minute documentary about the history, events, presidents, people and character of the US Embassy in London. After 80 eventful years based at Mayfair’s Grosvenor Square, the Embassy is preparing to move south of the Thames to Wansdworth in 2017, where they will occupy a more contemporary glass cube structure. The film will take one last look inside the current building, retracing the extraordinary impact the embassy has had on the history of the Square.

Who’s behind it?

The film is another addition in a long list of exciting projects carried out by MetGO; our in-house team dedicated to helping students and recent graduates take the first steps in their professional careers within the creative media industries.  The high-profile project is being led by BA Practical Filmmaking graduate Raluca Ionescu, along with guidance from the school’s Head of Producing & MetGo, Steve Pinhay. We are proud to announce that almost the entirety of the production’s crew is made up of Met Film School graduates, with many having studied our postgraduate courses.

What should I expect?

The documentary has attracted an impressive list of significant public figures, with many renowned politicians and reporters having been interviewed. The team don’t want to reveal the entire list just yet, but can confirm that former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and Channel 4 news presenter, Jon Show, will feature.

When can i see it?

The film is currently in the editing stages, with an objective to be completed in May 2016. We hope to give you further details of when and where to see it soon!

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Executive Producer Steve Pinhay on the documentary’s significance:

“The documentary commissioned by the US Embassy is a key element in MetGO and the Met Film School’s growing roster of industry-facing, client-driven productions. Through curriculum and graduate projects, Met students and former students have undertaken work for a hugely impressive – and satisfied – list of external companies and charities including Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen and Food Tube, Transport For London, Saatchi, AMVBBDO, Stonewall, The Royal Marsden, Mind, Barnardos and Monster. The commission from the Embassy builds on this unparalleled success in our sector and is something of which we are extremely proud.”

Director & Producer Raluca Ionescu on the documentary:

“The most exciting part of the project so far has been the access we got to both the Embassy and to hugely important politicians and journalists. Witnessing first hand the day to day life in the Embassy and being allowed into one of the most secured and private buildings in the country was a life changing experience. This has been the most challenging and rewarding project I’ve ever been a part of and to be able to direct and produce this film with the help of a very talented group of Met graduates is a dream come true. That’s what makes it special.” 

Raluca Ionescu – Director/Producer – BA Practical Filmmaking
Guy Horlock – Line Producer – MA Producing
Colin Hughes – Editor/ DIT – MA Postproduction
Beatriz Sastre – Cinematographer – Original MA
Nacho Guzman – Camera Assistant – Original MA
Steve Pinhay – Executive Producer

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