Christopher Morris

Story Consultant

I offer a story and edit consultancy service to documentary radio, television and cinema productions. I have been making and telling stories for television and radio for 25 years, winning numerous awards for my work including three BAFTA’s, an RTS award, The Premios Ondas and prizes at the Prix Jeunesse, Berlin and Chicago film festivals.

If you need to clarify a story at the ideas stage or need a fresh pair of eyes in the edit to aid with storytelling then please email me. Rates are negotiable and completely dependent on the project and the amount of help you need – sometimes a few hours of input is all that is required, at other times I have viewed rough cuts sent through the mail, posted online, or I’ve spend days/weeks in an edit suite – its totally up to you and dictated by your budget, your location, your timescale and your needs!

If you are interested in talking about a possible story consultancy role – please do not hesitate to contact me - or via the website link.

Current work as story/creative consultant:

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story
I have just completed my role as story consultant on an independent feature documentary production BEING FRANK: The Chris Sievey Story, directed by Steve Sullivan. The film tells the story of enigmatic 90’s comic icon, Frank Sidebottom. The film received its world premiere in 2018 at SXSW,

Here are some recent and current examples of story consultancy work:

When Two Worlds Collide (2016)
An indigenous environmental activist takes on the large businesses that are destroying the Amazon. Yachaywasi Films. Directors: Heidi Brandenburg, Mathew Orzel. I worked on this film from its conception. Initially I helped the filmmakers hone their story and ideas - I kept in touch with them throughout the production but my most important influence was in the edit.

Mametz (2014)
National Theatre Wales
Co-creator and Creative Associate
A large-scale, site-specific First World War play, developed with writer Owen Sheers and performed in an ancient woodland in Monmouthshire). Mametz was co-commissioned by National Theatre Wales and 14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
A dual edition of the play was published by Faber and Faber in March 2017. The edition combines the original English-language text with a newly commisioned Welsh-language adaptation by Ceri Wyn Jones, one of Wales’s most eminent poets. The play is now on the A level syllabus in Wales.

American Interior (2014)
I was story/edit room consultant on ie ie productions feature documentary ‘American Interior’ (2014), featuring Gruff Rhys on a curious tour of the USA. For this film was invited to work in the edit suite for a twelve week period to help with the story development.

Jaguars Born Free: Natural World Special (2013)
BBC 2 - Natural World (TX January 2013) - directed by Rob Sullivan. This moving documentary tells the story of two orphaned jaguar cubs - I viewed rough cuts that were sent to me on disk.
“It’s so good to get an objective view from you: HUGE THANKS again for your invaluable help with jaguars - your comments came at a critical time for me in the thought process and really helped shape it into a much better film.” Rob Sullivan – camera/director

Seperado! (2010)
(Theatrical and DVD release 2010, ie ie productions) – directed by Dylan Goch. Described by The Guardian as ‘eccentrically charming’, this wonderful film tells the story of Super Furry Animals singer, Gruff Rhys’ journey to find a long lost relative in Patagonia. I viewed numerous cuts sent to me on disk.
“As a fledgling production company Chris Morris’s knowledge and editorial expertise were an invaluable resource in helping us to realise our critically acclaimed debut feature documentary film Separado!” Catryn Ramasut - Producer


Short bio:
Christopher Morris has devoted his career to documentary filmmaking. A recurring theme has been the subject of children and the changing nature of childhood. In 2000 he made THE HALLELUJAH KIDS (an intimate and unsettling portrait of an American child evangelist), described by the Evening Standard as “deeply brilliant” and The Observer as, “Wistful, sad and slightly surreal….an ‘Oh Brother Where Art Thou’ with shades of David Lynch”. He describes his career as ‘an adventure in filmmaking’ encompassing as it does both TV & radio documentaries, drama, commercials and even party political broadcasts. Often drawing on the traditional techniques of fiction film, Christopher Morris tells his stories in the real world and always pack an emotional punch. “Genuinely challenging…awesome” The Guardian. “Sad, Funny and never dull” The Independent. He has won Three BAFTA awards, a Royal Television society award, the Premios Ondas and prizes at the Celtic, Berlin and Chicago film festivals. In 2009 he won a GOLD award at the 2009 Association for International Broadcasters Awards for “Children of God”, a radio documentary for BBC World Service about child evangelism in America.

In 2003 Morris joined Newport Film School, setting up and running the multi-award winning BA (hons) Documentary Film & Television course. In his day-to-day work as a professor at Newport Film School he nurtures student filmmakers to punch well above their weight on the national and international student film scene – his documentary students have won at the National Student RTS Awards four out of the last five years and they have been nominated for a Grierson Award three years in a row.

He is currently Professor of documentary practice and director of the School of Film and Television at Falmouth University, UK.