Ridley Scott, BBC prep U.K. ‘Life’

Docu to create self-portrait of U.K.

Ridley Scott is collaborating with the BBC on a feature documentary inspired by “Life in a Day,” which aims to create a self-portrait of the U.K. during a single day.

The idea involves Brits filming themselves for a project that will air locally in 2012 as part of the pubcaster’s Cultural Olympiad, which will highlight life and mores in Blighty as London gears up to host the Olympics.

Scott said: “Filmmaking has always been about just picking up a camera, getting out there and doing it. Our aim for this new project is to get everyone behind the lens and give us a window onto a day in Britain.”

“Life in a Day,” which was produced by Scott’s shingle Scott Free, was helmed by Kevin Macdonald. He edited more than 4,500 hours of footage submitted by people from all over the world into a 90-minute doc, which bowed theatrically in the U.S. in July.

Macdonald is exec producer on the new doc, to be helmed by Morgan Matthews, maker of “The Fallen,” the film naming all British soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.”(Matthews) will use the rich trove of material submitted to craft a single, coherent story that captures the variety and vibrancy of life in Britain today,” said the BBC.

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