Jim Anderson: Archive producer. Film/digital researcher

Headlines from recent projects: 

Sir David Attenborough and James Harries feature in Seat at the Table – a You Tube Originals series for COP26 highlighting global climate change stories produced by Silverback films. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbB1gycugks

Dame Helen Mirren to play Golda Meir in Golda a feature drama for 2022 set during the Yom Kippur war featuring archive from Israel and world sources 

Never Give In is released 29th May with never seen footage of Sir Alex Ferguson as a Glasgow apprentice.

The Imitation Game wins Oscar for best adapted screenplay (plus 16 nominations for Academy Awards and BAFTAs)

The World According to Jeff Goldblum series is a big 2020 hit for Nat Geo and Nutopia

Bobby Robson: More than a Manager wins prestigious 2019 Focal International award  for Best Use of Footage in a Sports Production  (premiered at Wembley stadium)

Trust Danny Boyle’s new drama series on Jean Paul Getty screened on BBC2 in Sept 2018 starring Donald Sutherland and Hilary Swank and featuring archive from 1970s 

Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals wins Golden Globe

John Pilger’s hard hitting feature doc about nuclear missiles in the Pacific – The Coming War with China Txed on ITV 

The Times/The Sunday Times, Gatorade and Facebook produce new commercials for TV, cinema and online  

Boris v Dave: The Fight for Europe screened on C4 May 2016

1916 RTE’s Easter Rising documentary marks 100 years anniversary

C4’s How to be Queen marks the Queen’s great 63 year achievement

Nat. Geo’s Danger Decoded and Animal Fight Night features amazing UGC footage


Jim Anderson archive/digital producer, producer/director, programme maker and assistant producer often working as an archive specialist on a wide range of acclaimed film and TV productions:

FEATURE FILMS: The Imitation Game, Nocturnal Animals, Of Time and the City, Fever Pitch, The Spirit of ’45,  Perfect Sense,  A City Dreaming, All Divided Selves, Woman in Gold, Tony Benn: Will and Testament.

TV PROGRAMMES: The 2008 and 2012 Olympics coverage, Boris v Dave: The Fight for Europe, How to be Queen:63 Years and Counting, 1916, Genius of Britain, Dispatches, The Lockerbie Bomb, Women and Pop Art, Stars Behind Bars etc for worldwide and UK release since the 1990’s.

ADVERTS: Nike, Facebook, The Times, Gatorade, Glasgow 2014. 

DIGITAL: Stephen Hawking profile, CERN, Wheels of Fire, Pride of Preston, Made in Africa

I frequently  work with  top directors  such as Terence Davies, Danny Boyle, Ken Loach, Tom Ford, Julien Temple and John Pilger.

I am perhaps best known for my work as archive producer on the Oscar winning The Imitation Game (drama on the British WWII code breaking genius Alan Turing) and on the archive feature Of Time and the City (directed by Terence Davies) which premiered in Cannes to rave reviews. It was voted best non-fiction film by the New York Film Critics Circle was BAFTA nominated and featured in the Time magazine’s top 10 films of 2009.

Of Time and the City trailer

In the past few years Ken Loach’s The Spirit of ’45, Turner Prize short-listed All Divided Selves, Perfect Sense and Tony Benn:Will and Testament are important films I worked on as archive producer. My first feature film job was as researcher on Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch.

I have been employed by all the major UK Channels on programmes ranging from the BBC’s Fantasy Football League to Channel 4’s Dispatches and Thatcher’s Children.

My interest and passion for sport has led to me to work for the BBC on the 2008 and 2012 Olympics,  Wheels on Fire (UK cycling), Torvill & Dean’s:The Perfect Day,  Not Cricket- The Basil D’Olivera StoryThe Ultimate Rulebreakers, They Think It’s All Over, Focus and Match of the Day.

I also produced and directed a 2 hour special for Sky profiling  50 of the Premiership’s greatest foreign players including Ronaldo, Roy Keane, Eric Cantona and Thierry Henry.

My Eric Cantona profile https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kc-vWMDWSVo 

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During 2013 – 2o14 I worked closely with the producer and edit teams in LA and London as the archive producer/film researcher on The Imitation Game  (Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing who breaks the Enigma code during World War II saving millions of lives). The film won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay having been nominated for 8 Academy Awards, 9 BAFTAS and 5 Golden Globes including “Best Film”.

Of Time and the City, first screened at Cannes and BAFTA nominated, was in Time magazine’s top ten films of 2009, it was  also voted best non-fiction film by the New York’s Film Critic’s Circle.

I have worked for many of the UK’s leading TV and film companies: Working Title, IWC, Avalon,  Nutopia, Passion Pictures, Fulwell73, Endemol, Hurricane Films, Mentorn, Shine, Talkback, Sigma Films, Nine Lives Media also for Ken Loach and Ringo Starr.  BBC, Channel 4, ITV, The Discovery Channel, five and Sky TV have all broadcast my work as a producer/director/co-producer/assistant producer/archive producer.

I am also a freelance BBC producer, archive producer and film researcher so know the vast BBC archives well. Factual entertainment, popular culture and sports footage (football  and Olympics in particular) are some of my specialist subjects.

In 2017 I worked on BBC1’s Fern Britton meets… series  and in 2014 on: Torvill & Dean’s Perfect Day – telling the story of the day in 1984 in Sarajevo when Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean ice danced the Bolero winning Olympic gold.

In 2014 I worked on Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games adverts; Dispatches,  Lockerbie 25 years on; a Made in Africa promo and 2 short films about the achievements of Prof. Stephen Hawking and CERN in Geneva for the Fundamental Physics Prize worth millions for both deserving winners.

2012: I worked on three feature films: one with director Ken Loach on The Spirit of ’45  about post-war Britain, another with Tony Benn on a film portrait of his life and career called Will and Testament which won the audience award at  Edinburgh Film Festival.

In 2012 I also worked for BBC Sport as a gallery producer/director on The London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay and on C4′s Dispatches:Nuclear War Games.

Artist Luke Fowler was nominated for the 2012 Turner prize – for his exhibition featuring  All Divided Selves an archive feature length documentary film I helped him produce about R.D. Laing.

In 2011-2012 I worked on 50+ new exhibits for The National Football Museum which opened in Manchester  in July 2012. I also helped Fly Films on Terence Davies drama Deep Blue Sea. In 2010/11 I worked on a feature film Perfect Sense with director David McKenzie (Hallam Foe) at Sigma films – the film stars Ewan McGregor and Eva Green.

Completed in 2010 is the film Africa United and Celebrating the Goal for Coke/Plum Pictures bringing to life the stories of World Cup goal celebrations. This was screened worldwide before the 2010 World Cup.

As an experienced archive consultant I am very familiar with archives around the world so know where to find the right images for ANY brief and ANY budget. I am also able to sort out international copyright clearance, dealing with talent and agents.

My expertise is in film, factual entertainment, archive based programmes, news & current affairs, comedy, documentary, history and all sports.  Clients include BBC, Nike, Sky, Honda, Coke and Premiership Football clubs.

Some Highlights:

Producer/Director of Wheels on Fire, Vintage Claret and Pride of Preston: Three short films shown on big screens in the North West  including to 30,000 fans of two historic British football clubs Burnley and Preston and to a sell out crowd at the Manchester Velodrome.

Of Time and the City – Terence Davies archive feature film, Cannes special screening 2008, nominated for BAFTA and BIFA – Archive Producer

Roots Remembered –  Roots 25th anniversary documentary – Film Researcher BBC

The Premiership’s Greatest Foreign Footballers – Producer/Director  Sky 1  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kc-vWMDWSVo

Beijing Olympics – assistant producer on 9 BBC Sport Interactive channels

Working for Ringo Starr on his The Other Side of Liverpool music video

Nike Beijing Olympics Courage advert- Archive Consultant

The Gym – P/D/Self-shooter for Discovery

Do Not Adjust Your Set Comedy DVD  – Producer

Conspiracy Files (9/11 & Oklahoma Bomb) – Film Researcher BBC

Co-op Good with Money advert – archive producer

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