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Don't Look Down

SYNOPSIS

Don’t Look Down reveals the real story behind Richard Branson’s daring adventures in the 1980s and 1990s trying to break world records for flying in a hot air balloon. While Branson is a world famous name, and many have heard about his ballooning, the real story of this incredible adventure has never been told. Using intimate interviews with Branson and his team at the time, never seen before archive (including footage from inside the balloon, shot in real time) and beautifully designed dramatic reconstructions, the film tells a story of courage, determination, despair and ultimate triumph.


CAST

Richard Branson

Conceived in 1970 by Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin Group has gone on to grow successful businesses in sectors including mobile telephony, travel and transportation, financial services, leisure and entertainment and health and wellness. Virgin is a leading international investment group and one of the world's most recognised and respected brands.

Since starting youth culture magazine “Student” at aged 16, Richard has found entrepreneurial ways to drive positive change in the world. In 2004 Richard established Virgin Unite, the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group, which unites people and entrepreneurial ideas to create opportunities for a better world. Most of his time is now spent building businesses that will make a positive difference in the world and working with Virgin Unite and organisations it has incubated, such as The Elders, The Carbon War Room, The B Team, Ocean Unite and Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship. He also serves on the Global Commission on Drug Policy and supports ocean conservation with the Ocean Elders.




Daniel Gordon

Daniel Gordon is an award winning documentary director with a strong visual aesthetic. His trilogy of North Korea films established his reputation as being able to tell exceptional human stories from inaccessible locations. The last of these, Crossing The Line, was nominated for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize.



SUNDOG PICTURES

Sundog’s mission is to change the way people see and think about the world - through the power of film. That’s why we tell stories that matter – authentic and emotional tales packed with integrity – that can win hearts and minds. On every kind of screen, and on every kind of platform. Great stories are about the people who make them, that’s why Sundog is home to world class talent both on and off screen.



GRAVITAS VENTURES

Gravitas Ventures is a leading all rights distributor of independent cinema. Founded in 2006, Gravitas connects independent filmmakers and producers with distribution opportunities across the globe. Working with more than 500 content partners, Gravitas Ventures has distributed thousands of films into over 100 million homes. Their most recent releases include Jonathan Hock’s “Fastball,” Colin Hanks’ “All Things Must Pass,” “Being Evel” from Academy Award® winning director Daniel Junge and producer Johnny Knoxville, “Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of,” and “Barney Thomson” starring Robert Carlyle and Emma Thompson. Look for “For The Love of Spock” on September 9 from Director Adam Nimoy. For more information, please visit gravitasventures.com and follow @GravitasVOD on Twitter and @gravitasventures on Instagram.




PASSION PICTURES

Since winning an Academy Award® for feature documentary ‘One Day in September’ in 1999, Passion has since been at the forefront of feature documentary production – as evidenced by a prolific run of multi-award winning films, a reputation for securing international theatrical releases, and – as of 2015 – an unprecedented eleven consecutive years premiering films at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.




SCREEN YORKSHIRE

For over ten years, Screen Yorkshire has been at the forefront of championing the film, TV, games and digital industries in Yorkshire and the Humber, UK. Its aim has always been to secure and support the very best projects, companies and individuals, helping to make Yorkshire and the Humber one of the most sought after destinations for production in the UK.

Screen Yorkshire is a specialist business which invests first and foremost in content, but also in developing talent. As an investor in content it runs the largest investment fund of its kind in the UK.



VERY MUCH SO PRODUCTIONS

Established in Sheffield, UK in 2001, by Award-winning Director/Producer, Daniel Gordon, VeryMuchSo set out to specialise in exceptional human stories from inaccessible locations. Amongst many other achievements,’Hillsborough’ was nominated for an EMMY in 2014 for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking. Daniel also has the distinction of being the only Western director granted permission to film inside the DPRK (North Korea). As a result of this unparalleled access, VeryMuchSo produced a trilogy of three eye-opening feature-length documentaries giving a glimpse into the lives of real people living and working inside the most insular and anti-American state in the world.

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