Ben Lewis is an award-winning documentary film-maker, author and art critic, whose films are commissioned by the BBC, Arte and a long list of broadcasters from Europe, North America and Australia. Ben studied history and history of art in Cambridge and Berlin. In his twenties he worked at MTV, DJ-ed and briefly ran a record label before working on numerus magazine programmes for the BBC and Channel 4. In 2001 he established his own documentary and film production company, BLTV.
Ben Lewis has made feature documentaries and series on highly topical subjects, which have provoked public debate and influenced political decision-making.
“The Great Contemporary Art Bubble’”stimulated an international controversy about the fairness of the art market in 2009, while “Blowing Up Paradise: French Nuclear Testing in the Pacific” (2004) is credited with influencing the French government's decision to compensate its soldiers and citizens who suffered illnesses after working for on atomic installations in Tahiti. Ben is has just finished making “Poor Us: An Animated History of Poverty” for the global “Why Poverty?” documentary season and online campaign. The film will be shown on over 70 TV channels and is in competition at the IDFA documentary festival. His most recent project is a feature documentary about the control of knowledge called “Google and the World Brain”.
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