Sam Farmar began his career working for an emergency
medical team during the civil war in Southern Sudan but soon started writing
for the Guardian newspaper and returned to university to do a Postgraduate MA
in Broadcast Journalism. He started out as a local BBC radio reporter going on
to become BBC Radio Four’s UK nomination for ‘best European documentary’. He
has since moved into television and now works freelance as a self-shooting
TV producer / director.
Alongside his producer Sam is the first and only
reporter to have tracked down, filmed and interviewed Joseph Kony -
the leader of the ‘Lords Resistance Army’, who in 23 years had never given an
interview. The story was the leading broadcast on BBC Newsnight, accompanied by
a front-page in 'The Times’ newspaper.
Sam initiated the concept and remotely directed
‘Invisible Enemy’, a 60-minute film that formed part of the BBC's ‘Our
War’ Series and won a BAFTA for Best Factual TV Series 2012. The documentary
captured the camaraderie and dangers faced by a British army platoon and their
enigmatic guitar-playing commander, during their six-month tour in Afghanistan.
He was also the first journalist to interview the
world’s most active kidnappers as they funded the presidential campaign during
Haiti’s volatile elections. He’s produced and directed films for Channel 4’s
award winning international current affairs series, ‘Unreported World’. He’s reported,
produced and directed stories from the Tsunami affected areas of Japan and
worked on the BBC's definitive series about the Arab uprisings. He spent six months working with the
presenter Louis Theroux and filmed for Discovery Channel's top rating prime time show 'Gold
Rush' in the jungles of Guyana.
Throughout 2014 he worked on the frontline as a
director / cameraman in Iraq and Ukraine and was nominated for a Grierson award
for best current affairs documentary.
Most recently he was selected to be one of the
embedded producer / cameramen for the second series of Channel 4’s primetime
show ‘Bear Grylls, The Island’.
He is highly
experienced with ‘full’ HD and large sensor cameras, is up to date with
conflict and hostile environment training and hold US journalism I Visa.
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