Last year was, in some respects, a good year for Fulcrum, the independent television production company of which I am co-founder. Our feature film Surveillance premiered at the Berlin film festival, our documentary about Marks & Spencer won the Wincott award, and Black Gold (pictured, below right)—a documentary we co-produced about the global coffee industry—won a British Independent Film award. Nonetheless, just before Christmas, after 21 years in business, we were forced to put the company into liquidation. As the executioner says in the BBC’s 1971 series Elizabeth R: “Death, when it comes, comes quickly, but the journey there is…
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