THE ANATOMISTS – THE SHOWMEN

  • 2002
  • Windfall Films
  • Channel 4

From the gladiatorial fights of Ancient Rome to the public anatomy theatres of Renaissance Italy and on to the grisly grave robbing of 18th century Britain, the dark history of the Anatomists reveals that centuries of medical advance have come at a very bloody price.  I series directed this headline Channel 4 series.

Incidentally check out one of the most extrordinary shots I have ever filmed.  Used in the titles, a time lapse sequence shot  in Gunther Von Hagen’s Chinese body factor, of anatomists dissecting a corpse from skin to skeleton, it was filmed over 48 hourswith 4 rotating teams twirling their scalpels.