Their last Australia co-production THE KINGDOM: HOW FUNGI MADE OUR WORLD for CBC’s Nature of Things, ZDF/ARTE, Curiosity Stream and SVT won 14 prestigious international awards and in addition was a finalist and or screened in another 21 festivals around the world.
Prior to that, their German co-production GAMBLING ON EXTINCTION which investigates how poaching has pushed iconic animals like elephants and rhinos to the brink of extinction, won over a dozen major European environmental film awards including Festival de Television de Monte-Carlo Golden Nymph nomination and winner of the Prince Rainier III Special Prize for Best Environmental Film. As well it was screened in the German parliament prior to a vote on whether or not to ban the importation of ivory products.
Other recent feature documentaries from Real to Reel were ANIMISM: People Who Love Objects; A DIFFERENT DRUMMER: Celebrating Eccentrics; NO LIMITS a film about the world’s worst drug scandal and the thalidomide survivors still fighting for justice, 50 years after this crippling drug was released internationally.
Previous titles produced by Real to Reel or in partnership, include feature drama-doc IRIS CHANG: The Rape of Nanking; THE BUNNY YEARS; RYAN’S WELL; HELEN’S WAR: Portrait of a Dissident; RONNIE HAWKINS: Still Alive and Kickin’ and the series OUT IN THE COLD and FIRESTATION and HARROWSMITH COUNTRY LIFE.
After more than 35 rewarding years in the Film and Television production business Anne and Bill have decided to slow down and smell the roses.
They will continue to distribute their catalogue, mentor emerging filmmakers and consult on selected film projects but Real to Reel will no longer be producing its own content.
Anne continues her advocacy work with the Documentary Organization of Canada and sits on the Board of imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.
Anne was an Executive Producer and Story Editor of the HOT DOCS AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER: FANNY: the Right to Rock producer and directed by the talented Bobby Jo Hart whom Anne gave her first directing opportunity many years ago. As the film continues to be screened at festivals throughout the USA, The Fanny team hope to create enough buzz to get this ground breaking female rock group into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.
Anne and Bill went to Boston to receive a prestigious JACKSON HOLE SCIENCE AWARD for THE KINGDOM: How Fungi Made Our World, their Australian co-production. It was a thrilling win among scores of other international awards because they were up against non-other than another amazing David Attenborough film.
Anne was delighted to receive the Documentary Organization’s LUMINARY AWARD for a member who has throughout her career provided inspiration and leadership. It was a wonderful celebration and acknowledgement of 30 years of creativity and dedication to the documentary community.
As a founding board member of Hot Docs, Anne was honored to receive the prestigious DON HAIG AWARD at the Hot Docs Documentary Festival. The Don Haig Award recognizes an independent Canadian producer with a film at the festival for his or her body of work and history of mentorship.
Children's Aid Society Foundation
Anne was a founding Board Member of the Children’s Aid Society and remained on the Board for 10 years but continued making fundraising videos on their behalf for many more.