Feature Film Showcase – Life in a Day (2011)

Life in a Day, 2011.

Directed by Kevin Macdonald.
Executive Produced by Ridley Scott.

Life in a Day is a crowdsourced documentary from director Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September, Touching the Void, The Last King of Scotland, State of Play) and Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Productions that was created in partnership with YouTube and was initially created as a way to celebrate the fifth birthday of the popular video-sharing site. The project began life in July 2010, when YouTube users were invited to submit videos recorded on July 24th, 2010 in an effort to chronicle that particular day in history.

The resulting 4,500 hours of footage – coming from more than 80,000 submissions across 192 countries – was then edited down into a single film by producer Ridley Scott, director Kevin Macdonald and film editor Joe Walker. The soundtrack was composed by Tony Scott’s regular collaborator Harry Gregson-Williams and also features songs by artists such as Ellie Goulding and Kieran Leonard.

Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011, Life in a Day received a positive reception from critics [you can read our review here] and was subsequently made available to watch for free on YouTube. It has since been announced that the BBC will develop a follow-up, Britain in a Day, courtesy of Macdonald, Ridley Scott and BAFTA-winning documentary director Morgan Mathews (The Fallen), which is scheduled for release in 2012.


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