Christian Trumble

Documentary Filmmaker

DOCUMENTARY FILMS

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FARAGE: ­
­ The man who made brexit

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Filmed over five months, this documentary explores the world of Nigel Farage as the Brexit dramas of 2019 comes to a head.  It reveals Farage as a canny political operator and captures the inside story of his doomed attempt to persuade Boris Johnson to join him in a ‘Leave Alliance’.  As the wheels come off his General Election campaign will Farage decide that the UK will never buy what he is selling? Or can he claim victory for shaping a new Conservative government that many say has stolen his clothes?

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The Best TV of 2018 So Far.

Carry on Brussels:­ ­
­ Inside the EU

  • This was a treat because you wouldn’t expect a documentary on the workings of the European Parliament when we’re just about to leave the EU and certainly not one so farcically entertaining. The Times
  • Director Christian Trumble spins comedy and tragedy into a teeth-grindingly frustrating three-part series that pulls off a remarkably balanced portrait of seven MEPs. The Guardian
  • A bit like The Thick of It goes on holiday, this series lifts the lid on life in the European Parliament. The Mirror
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Stepping inside the curious world of the Brussels bubble, this 3 part series follows an eclectic group of UK MEPs from across the political spectrum, as they buckle up for the ride of their lives on the Brexit roller coaster.  Filmed over a year, with unrivalled access to the inner workings of the European Parliament, the series charts the battles and the brawls, the tears, tantrums and tactics of some of Britain’s most maligned and misunderstood public servants in these turbulent times.

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The Secret­ ­
­ World of Lego

  • A massively informative documentary... turns out Lego is a huge subculture, with obsessive fans, an extraordinary HQ and even more obsessive staff. Boyd Hilton, Heat Magazine
  • I've never regarded the bright plastic bricks in the darkish way I do now, having watched this superb documentary. The Irish Times
  • A fascinating look inside the most profitable toy company in the world. The Sun
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LEGO is the most profitable toy maker in the world. For the first time this notoriously secretive, superbrand has opened its doors to reveal more about its DNA than ever before. This film meets the key players who have made LEGO a global phenomenon and who shape and define the brand’s unique culture.

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CUTTING EDGE:
OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE ­HOARDER

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In a picturesque Surrey village lives Richard Wallace, a chronic hoarder, who’s messy habits have infuriated his neighbours. Richard doesn’t like people interfering in his business, but things come to a head when the village competes for ‘Britain in Bloom’ glory. Richard’s hoarding may be an eyesore but it also threatens his health and safety daily. This film, shot over a year, charts a remarkable story of redemption for Richard and the people of Westcott.

Channel 4’s highest rating documentary of the year.

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Sir Chris Hoy: ­
­ 200 mph at Le Mans

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Having become Britain’s greatest Olympian in 2012, track cyclist Sir Chris Hoy swaps two wheels for four to compete in the world’s toughest endurance motor race, the Le Mans 24 Hours. For the top pros Le Mans is considered the definitive test of man and machine – twenty-two drivers have lost their lives in this race. This intimate film follows Chris from novice driver to the heat of battle and discovers what makes him the ultimate competitor.

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TV Iraqi Style

“This looks at the massive impact of Iraq’s media revolution in the wake of post-Saddam deregulation. There are stars, a version of Pop Idol and a home improvement show, using only bomb damaged venues.”
The Telegraph

THE PARACHUTE MURDER PLOT

Fiona Bruce investigates. “The Parachute Murder Plot was a terrific documentary about an absolute bastard of a man who tampered with his wife’s parachute to kill her and almost got away with it.”
The Times

BRITAIN’S BIGGEST SUPERYACHTS

Inside Sunseeker Yachts, filmed over 6 months in the Cote d’Azur, Mayfair and Poole: “… you can’t help but be staggered by the phenomenal attention to detail as well as the sums of money the exacting customers spend.”
Radio Times

Mega Slums – Lagos

Channel 4 News – Special Report: Exploring the human cost of rapid urbanisation through unique access to the slums of Lagos.

HOW THE MIDDLE CLASS RUINED BRITAIN

“Geoff Norcott’s analysis of class is enjoyable clear-headed and amusing. From the sharp elbowed faking Christianity to get the best school places to developers destroying community gardens, Norcott builds a compelling case.”
Sunday Times

Iraq: The Hidden Story

Jon Snow flies to Baghdad to discover why we are so profoundly disconnected from the real Iraq.

Testimonials

  • The Secret World of Lego

    Thank you for being so considerate and patient with us and for creating a documentary we can all be proud of.

    Mathew Ashton - Vice President of Design, The Lego Group

  • Carry On Brussels

    Christian Tumble is a decent and trustworthy documentary maker who is true to his word. Incredibly, so many people of different parties and political persuasions are happy how they have been portrayed – now that’s an achievement.

    Herman Kelly, UKIP Press Officer

  • Cutting Edge: Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder

    Despite being principally about my cognitive disorder I was pleasantly surprised and more than content with the way my plight was portrayed.  If it helps others come to terms with what is a serious problem, then the overall effort will have been very worthwhile.

    Richard Wallace

  • Sir Chris Hoy 200 MPH at Le Mans

    I worked with Christian and his crew for over a year. They captured all the significant moments in what was a very high pressure and stressful environment. The finished documentary accurately told the story and brought the emotion and atmosphere of the whole experience to life.

    Sir Chris Hoy

  • Carry On Brussels

    I was apprehensive about taking part in the programme. I harboured concerns that the footage would be exploited. However, Christian remained true to his word, he portrayed the evidence as it unfolded.  I know I have at least one person in the media world I trust.

    Martina Anderson, Sinn Féin MEP

  • Britain’s Biggest Superyachts: Chasing Perfection

    You very cleverly succeeded in capturing a slice of Sunseeker life.  The programme has been extremely well received by the whole Sunseeker family.

    Robert Braithwaite CBE, Founder Sunseeker

  • Cutting Edge: Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder

    At first I was reluctant to be on camera, but Christian asked me to trust him and he made a great documentary that really helped Richard. When it was shown, I was overwhelmed by the positive response I got from people all over the country and around the world.

    Andy Honey

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    Nothing is designed to make a politician more nervous than having a camera following! But Christian quickly reassured me and was constructive while being unobtrusive. What might have been an arduous few months turned out to be a great experience and that is down to Christian and his professionalism and good humour. It’s nice to know I’ve got a new friend.

    Catherine Bearder, Lib Dem MEP

Deciding to take part in a documentary can be a complicated decision. For me it’s all about trust. Trust that you will be represented fairly and accurately and trust that filming wont disrupt what you do.

Filming should be fun and my aim is always to develop a clear and honest working relationship. It’s about creating a collaboration that allows a free flow of conversation and ideas, where questions or concerns can easily be expressed and addressed.

Being in a documentary can bring many advantages. It can open doors and create exciting opportunities and will massively raises the profiles of people and their passions. Ultimately it should be a rewarding experience that creates a unique record of a moment in time.


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FACTUAL TV & COMMERCIAL WORK

Last Man Standing

BBC & Discovery

Six young men take on the challenge of a lifetime, to travel the world and compete against the most remote tribes on earth at their own sports.

From Rock to Ring

Corporate Film

The story of a ‘Forevermark’ diamond, starting in the world’s largest mine in Botswana through to design and setting in Milan.

Fiddles, Cheats & Scams

ITV1

Prime time series featuring fraud cases that have hit the headlines.

The World’s Toughest Tribes

Discovery Channel

Meeting the Amerindian Vaqueros of Guyana, the original cowboys who live and work as their ancestors did 300 years ago.

Principal Voices

CNN Worldwide

Three films looking at the work of social entrepreneurs around the world.  Shot in Rwanda, Nepal and San Francisco.

Wife Swap USA

ABC

A right-wing military family from Kentucky swap with Minnesotan peace activists in this politically charged episode.

Grand Designs

Channel 4

Series opener following the build of a modernist, colourful villa in the rural, Andalusian Hills which upset the locals.

PRESS

The Guardian Review: Carry On Brussels
The Financial Times: How the middle class ruined Britain
Telegraph Review: Farage: The man who made Brexit
Time Out Preview: Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder
The Times Review: The Parachute Murder Plot
Irish Times: The Secret World of Lego
Guardian Review: Sir Chris Hoy: 200 MPH at Le Mans
Mail on Sunday: Farage: The man who made Brexit
Heat Preview: Grand Designs
The Times Review: Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder
The Times Review: Farage: The man who made Brexit
The Times Review: Carry On Brussels
Heat Review: The Secret World of Lego
The Irish Times: Farage: The Man who made Bexit
The i Review: The Parachute Murder Plot
Daily Mail Preview: Carry On Brussels
Daily Mirror Preview: Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder
The Times Preview: Carry On Brussels EP 3
Radio Times Preview: Grand Designs
The Guardian: Farage: The man who made Brexit
Daily Mirror Review: Carry On Brussels
The Times Preview: Sir Chris Hoy: 200 MPH at Le Mans

ABOUT ME

I love making honest, well-crafted documentary films. Stepping into people's lives to share their endeavours and understand their views is a privilege that I cherish and a responsibility I respect.

Typically, I oversee all aspects of the documentary making process, from initial concept, through production and editing, to the delivery of the finished film. I have twice been nominated for the prestigious Grierson Trust documentary awards and, with over 15 years of experience, my films have achieved record ratings and are screened globally.
I develop, produce and direct a wide range of films and content and have extensive editing experience. Please contact me for a full CV.

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