Norwich man’s film makes final cut in Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald’s Life in a Day

A Norwich cameraman got the chance to rub shoulders with some of the world's most renowned filmmakers after contributing to their latest movie.

Thousands of people around the world uploaded videos of their lives to YouTube on July 24 last year to take part in Life in a Day, a historic cinematic experiment to create a documentary film about a single day on earth.

Since then, producer Ridley Scott, the man behind Alien and Gladiator, director Kevin Macdonald, best known for The Last King of Scotland, and their team of editors, whittled down more than 80,000 clips into a 90-minute film.

One of the clips chosen from the 4,500 hours worth of material was by Rackheath's Harvey Glen.

The former Hewett School sixth form pupil, who is a director of photography and runs his own company, submitted a day in the life of Indian migrant Ayamatti who works as a gardener in Dubai to support his family back home.


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Mr Glen, whose mum Hazel still lives in Rackheath, was also one of just 25 contributors who got the chance to join the film's production team at Life in a Day's premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Salt Lake City, America, earlier this year.

The film will be shown tonight at Norwich's Cinema City for one night only.

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Mr Glen, 31, who is now based in Dubai and started his career at Rapture TV in Norwich, said: 'It was such an honour to be invited and meet the other contributors and filmmakers – a truly inspiring bunch of people.

'The Life in a Day production team were also so cool. Director and Oscar winner Kevin Macdonald and editor Joe Walker were so fantastic, genuine and interesting.'

Submissions came from all around the world and featured a diverse amount of subjects from a shoeshine boy in Peru to a young American teenager having his first shave.

All chosen footage authors, including Mr Glen, are credited as co-directors.

'For me I found the film to be a masterpiece,' added Mr Glen, who recently shot his first Bollywood film and is heading to America today to film a series of documentries with scientist Richard Dawkins for Channel Four.

'It showed so many different aspects of life that all took part on exactly the same date. Some stuff in the film is funny, some incredible, some sad but all in their own way beautiful, honest and interesting. I was honestly blown away by the emotion of each and every submission.'

Life in a Day, which is rated 12A, will be screened at Cinema City at 6.15pm tonight.

For ticket information, call the box office on 0871 902 5724.

To see a clip of Mr Glen's submission, go to www.eveningnews24.co.uk

Have you been part of a blockbuster movie? Call reporter Kate Scotter on 01603 772326 or email kate.scotter@archant.co.uk

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