Private Project

Surviving Burkitts

The film examines Burkitts Lymphoma, the most aggressive cancer known to man, through an intimate portrait of a UK mother who loses her son to this disease.

  • Alex Tweddle
    Director
  • Alex Tweddle
    Writer
  • Alex Tweddle
    Producer
  • Stephanie Hampton
    Key Cast
  • Nick McCahearty
    Editor
  • James Buck
    Cameraman
  • Michael Powell
    Sound Mixer
  • James Edward Barker
    Composer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    47 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 16, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    Malawi
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Essex doc Fest
    Colchester
    United Kingdom
    September 30, 2020
    Semi Finalist - Best Documentary
  • The Lift Off Session
    London
    United Kingdom
    June 5, 2020
    Nomination - Short Documentary
  • Kalakari Film Fest

    India
    May 15, 2021
    Nomination - Special awards
  • UK Monthly Film Festival
    Norwich
    United Kingdom
    August 19, 2020
    Nomination - Documentary
  • Beyond The Curve International Film Festival
    Paris
    France
    December 29, 2020
    Finalist - Best Documentary (Narrative/Short) (Main Category)
  • LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival
    Pamplona
    Spain
    Official Selection - Documentary
  • Copper Coast International Film Festival
    Swansea
    United Kingdom
    June 1, 2021
    Official Selection - Documentary
  • Golden Bridge İstanbul Short Film Festival
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    May 9, 2021
    Official Selection - Best Documentary
  • Bristol interfest 2021
    Bristol
    United Kingdom
    June 1, 2021
    Official Selection - Shorts (International)
  • Top Indie Film Awards
    Tokyo
    Japan
    April 30, 2021
    Winner - Best Documentary Short
  • Top Indie Film Awards
    Tokyo
    Japan
    April 30, 2021
    Winner - Best Message
  • Top Indie Film Awards
    Tokyo
    Japan
    April 30, 2021
    Nominee - Best Editing
  • Top Indie Film Awards
    Tokyo
    Japan
    April 30, 2021
    Nominee - Best Music
  • International World Film Awards
    Košice
    Slovakia
    June 30, 2021
    Official Selection - Feature Documentary
  • Iconic Film Award
    Vilnius
    Lithuania
    January 20, 2021
    Official Selection - Feature Film
  • OTB | Only The Best Film Awards
    Miami
    United States
    September 5, 2021
    Finalist - Only The Best Inspirational Film | Short or Feature
  • International Strasburg Film Festival
    Strasburg
    United Kingdom
    November 2, 2021
    Official Selection - Documentary
  • OTB | Only The Best Film Awards
    Miami
    United States
    October 12, 2021
    Winner - Only The Best Documentary Feature
  • OTB | Only The Best Film Awards
    Miami
    United States
    October 12, 2021
    Winner - Best Inspirational Film
  • Best Documentary Award
    London
    United Kingdom
    February 28, 2022
    Official Selection - Best Male Director
Director Biography - Alex Tweddle

Alex was born in Carlisle, a city in the North of England. He attended the Birmingham School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art studying the technical side of theatre, he was then accepted at The London Film School where he studied all aspects of filmmaking. He is a PRINCE2 Practitioner and HEAT certified to operate in hostile environments and has worked in some of the most dangerous cities in the world.

Alex has been making what industry colleagues describe as exciting, innovative, high quality films for over 18 years. His work is often daring, edgy, distinctive filmmaking that pushes boundaries both in subject matter and content.

He always aim is to make films that not only entertain but inform and show us a different perspective on life, society and even ourselves. His films have been in-competition at over 40 international film festivals and have won numerous awards.

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Director Statement

Surviving Burkitts has led the way in raising awareness of the disease and engaging Birmingham University in trials of a new drug they have developed, which if successful will change the lives of children suffering from Burkitts Lymphoma throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.