Camila’s Kids Company: the Inside Story

“Camila’s Kids Company: The Inside Story (BBC One), is an extraordinary film. I’ve read the papers and watched Newsnight and everything, but this is a different view. It is – as it says on the tin – the inside story; it’s damning, but also, weirdly, a little bit vindicatory……. To claim that there’s no mismanagement there is bonkers, and you can feel Alleway’s growing frustration, disappointment and sadness behind the camera as she starts to lose faith in her subject, a woman she has filmed before and whom she clearly admires.”  Sam Wollaston, The Guardian
 
“Camila’s Kids Company: The Inside Story took its maker on a cruel journey from supportive admiration to abject disillusionment. As the moment of truth marched ever closer towards Batmanghelidjh’s bunker, Alleway, her voice quavering, pleaded with her to take some responsibility for the crisis. The great one had her rejoinder: “You,” she told Alleway, “are in some ways behaving like them,” referring to her critics…… Alleway never doubted the woman’s motives, but the moral of her film was that love is never all you need.” Andrew Billen, The Times
 
“The chair of trustees Alan Yentob, refusing on camera to talk, had the hunted look of a freedom fighter manning the wrong barricade….This was a devastating profile of a woman adept at giving love but addicted to receiving it back with interest.” Jasper Rees, The Telegraph
 
 
“As the film progressed, [Lynn] Alleway became increasingly frustrated by her subject, whose delivery was unnerving.” Amy Burns, The Independent 
 
"This was a well-handled, engrossing hour of television that did not paint the flamboyantly luxuriant mothership in a good light, but also made you ask: what is the Government doing outsourcing the most vulnerable people in society anyhow?" Deborah Ross, Daily Mail


"A bombshell fly-on-the-wall documentary provides an astonishing insight into her fall from grace as one of Britain’s best-known charities fell apart around her amid allegations of financial mismanagement." Simon Murphy, Daily Mail 

Hotel India

"BBC2’s tour of daily life at Mumbai’s luxury hotel promised a glimpse of a unique world – but just served as PR puff." The Guardian

Meet The Mormons

"Alleway's achievement was to communicate a sense of what an enormous emotional sacrifice all this was for a young man brought up strictly in the faith, in a style that was warm, witty and at times, almost maternally concerned." The Independent on Sunday

 "Film-maker Lynn Alleway has made some terrific films in the past about the Amish, and the less well known religious sect the Hutterites, offering a respectful but always revealing insight into their secretive worlds. Now it's the turn of the Mormons and she hasn't even had to leave the UK to do it." Daily Mirror

"The Mormons themselves are almost entirely responsible for generating the unsympathetic tone of Lynn Alleway's series about their faith. The problem is not that their beliefs might seem a little unusual, but that they tried to control the making of this film through the constant presence of a minder. In PR terms, it is an own goal of epic proportions. Alleway was given permission to follow a thoroughly pleasant 22-year-old as he embarks on missionary work during which time he has to live 24 hours a day with a 'companion' and is not allowed to visit his family. He becomes lonely and desolate, and it is like watching a child being psychologically abused by strangers who insist they have his best interests at heart." The Times


How to get to Heaven with the Hutterites

‘One man’s isolated religious community is another man’s cult. And, as this fascinating documentary suggests, the line between the two is often far from clear........Alleway probes gently at fault lines underpinning gender roles, a limited gene pool and the general, all-pervading sense of utter joylessness. And eventually, she manages a film that’s revealing, thought-provoking and even mildly poetic. 

The documentary-makers’ rule of non-intervention is up for grabs here – there’s the sense that, possibly unintentionally, Alleway’s presence may have unblocked a latent discontent amongst the Hutterite youth. The result is a surprising, stirring and strangely beautiful climax as one community member strains against the stifling orthodoxy.‘ Time Out

‘This subtle documentary meets those who live in the colony and some who have left it.  The former are defensive, non verbal and sanguine about conforming.  The latter are intelligent, imaginative and unwilling to be limited by this or any other restrictive regime.’ The Guardian

Lynn Alleway’s fascinating documentary focuses on the lives and aspirations of this 100-strong, deeply conservative community who have turned their backs on the modern world.‘  Telegraph

‘An intimate, intriguing film by Lynn Alleway.’  The Observer


Amish: A Secret Life

'A remarkable portrait of a young family seeking to move forward,  free from the constraints of a faith lodged firmly in the past.  Worthy of an award.' Mike Bradley, The Observer

'Director Lynn Alleway's observational film is beautiful.  She nudges and gently questions some of the more worrying aspects of Amish life,  such as the role of women,  but mainly she sits back and lets them get on with it.'     Sam Wollaston, The Guardian.

'It was the hidden strength of this film that what at first seemed like a peep into an idyllic little society swifty revealed another story.'    Matt Baylis, Daily Express

'This unique documentary...'  Daily Mirror

'Miriam and David, a couple happy with the 300-year-old traditions but risking their community’s ire by being filmed..they agreed after a two-day conflab with God and are rewarded with a thoughtful,  unexploitative documentary.'   The Independent

'They prayed for two weeks before deciding to participate in filming…a fascinating insight.'   The Guardian

'...(an) intimate and charming portrait of Amish life.'   The Telegraph

'this was a winner from its quiet start.'    Clive James, The Telegraph

 

Baby Hospital

'You could almost reach out and touch the hope,  faith and love in the air........real,  raw,  human stories of heartache and joy....a very gentle and,  at times,  intensely sad and emotional hour of television ....giving us a glimpse into this world....presenting it in a sober,  dignified and straightforward way.'       Paddy Shennan,  Liverpool Evening Echo

'A tender three-part series where although there are no miracles,  there is love and hope.'     Radio Times

'Allowing cameras in at such harrowing times is remarkable,  and the families' willingness to talk openly  is humbling.'    Daily Mirror

 

Kerry and Me

'This was far from light-hearted froth;  Dante himself could not have painted a more terrifying vision of Hell.   It’s a chilling tale and one very much in need of telling.'    Sarah Vine,  The Times

'Looked at one way,  Kerry and Me was nothing but a defeat,  a programme gone wrong.   Seen in another way,  though,  this was the most illuminating demonstration of how trash celebrity works that you could hope to see.'      David Sexton,  Evening Standard

 

My Monkey Baby

'The documentary maker Lynn Alleway specialises in engagingly off-beat films with a twist in the tail (you may recall The Conman,  His Lover and the Prime Minister’s Wife in which Alleway,  camera in hand,   followed her former friend Carole Caplin through the eye of the ‘Cheriegate' storm).   In My Baby Monkey,  the twist was in the tail.'        Kathryn Flett,  Observer

 

Holloway:  The Young Ones

'Thoughtful, well-made and heartfelt.'    The Guardian

'The cyclical nature of domestic abuse followed by public offence and punishment is familiar,  but has rarely been depicted with such humanity or honesty.'     Time Out

'We’re not invited to take pity on the inmates  –  nor does some bolshy voiceover keep telling us how awful they are.    Simply by filming lives with the minimum of fuss....this rather brilliant series looks behind the myths of prison life.'       Daily Express

 

Phone Rage

'Hugely entertaining and revealing.'     Mail on Sunday

'A surprisingly sensitive,  even-handed look at the rise of the call centre.'    Daily Mail

'Often insightful,  occasionally funny and always interesting.'    Daily Telegraph

'Lynn Alleway’s wry and engaging film.'       The Times

 

Mr & Mrs Bin Laden

'My palms moistened on the long car trip to Cairo in which Jane Felix Browne turned to Alleway and announced she was minded to bury her in the desert.    Such a shame Osama has never met his daughter-in-law...I’m sure they’d hit it off.'     The Times


Whatever Happened to Gareth Gates

'Makes for interesting and oddly touching viewing…because it says so much about the transient nature of celebrity and the fate of those who are fleetingly sprinkled with its magic dust....this unmissable documentary.'            The Daily Mail

'“I wasn’t born on a TV show” says Gates…..it’s like watching what happened to Truman after he broke through the paper horizon…it’s palpable evidence of what happens when you shoot someone out of the reality cannon.'     The Guardian


Tough Kids  –  Tough Love

'There have been so many documentaries featuring appallingly behaved youngsters…..but this is an exceptional film.'     Sunday Times

'This difficult but moving film.'    New Statesman

'Can love conquer all?  According to this powerful documentary it can.'    The Sun

 

The Conman,  his Lover and the Prime Minister’s Wife

'Lynn Alleway’s riveting little film.'    The Observer

'Gripping and insightful.  An extraordinary piece of work.'    BBC Radio 4,  Front Row

'Grimly gripping entertainment.'    The Times

'A fascinating study of moral ambiguity in modern life.'    Daily Telegraph

'A thriller…gruesome but impossible to ignore.'    Evening Standard

'Jaw-droppingly compulsive.'    Independent on Sunday

 

Sex,  Guys and Videotape

'Compulsive viewing…..a film which goes way beyond anything else I’ve seen about being single…it is as much about the girls upbringing and friendship as the dating game.'     Daily Mail

'A film by turns revealing,  shocking,  saddening and exciting.'    Observer

'A bitter-sweet film about being single.'    The Guardian

 

Pink Parents

'A thoughtful film looking at a subject guaranteed to raise a storm in the Daily Mail…but with gentle handling,   Alleway shows the very human dilemmas homosexual men and women face when they want to have children.'    The Independent

'Detailed, objective and very watchable…Alleway wants to make films which tell people something unexpected…...mission accomplished.'    Time Out

 

Family Values

'Family Values was one of those classic documentaries which pushed all the right buttons and which will get people talking to each other the next day.... “and what about the bit when she said" …….and it was funny!'    Daily Express

'This was a masterful documentary.'    Sunday Telegraph

'An excruciatingly-watchable film about the daily Gehenna of bringing up children.'    The Independent

'Lynn Alleway’s outstanding diptych contains the parenting techniques of two pukka couples….after this a plethora of copycat ‘kids from hell’ programmes looks inevitable.'     The Independent

'Like Quality Time and Testing Times,  Family Values taps into the zeitgeist.'   T he Independent

 

Testing Times

'Director Lynn Alleway,  an accomplished chronicler of modern day madness,  looks at how parents,  frightened to death by the state system,  are bending over backwards to get the tiniest children into high-achieving selective and private schools.'     Daily Express

'The pressure and expectation heaped on these children is quite horrendous and when the headmistress says of one child  "there is an excitable element which hasn’t been put under control",   a shiver runs up the spine. '     Time Out

'Gripping and witty.'    Mail on Sunday

 

Broken Homes

'A sensitive and insightful portrait of three middle-class families coping with the aftermath of divorce.   Broken Homes was all the more remarkable since director Lynn Alleway resisted the temptation to exploit her subjects in favour of letting them reveal and explain themselves.'    The Guardian

'Documentaries no less than feature films,  have their auteurs.   Lynn Alleway’s talent lies in persuading ordinary people to go before the camera and talk openly about their personal lives.'     The Times

'Alleway’s determination to portray these divorces without hype or voyeurism makes it all the more engrossing.'   Time Out

'A commentary-free study of three broken families,  extremely well directed by Lynn Alleway..….these stories had been given a clarity and density which the novel rarely attains anymore.'    Sunday Telegraph

'There’s no moralizing analysis,  statistics or experts;  unusually there’s little sense of exploitation of the subjects either…There’s something of everything here:  bitterness and sadness and pettiness and rather astonishing altruism.'    The Guardian

 

Quality Time

'Wickedly-irresistible.'     The Guardian

'Razor-sharp documentary.'     Daily Mail

'Some of the best footage a fly’s eye camera has ever caught….as shocking as it is entertaining.'    Time Out

'Entertaining,  sometimes jaw-dropping film.'     Radio Times

'Cracking documentary…revealing, chillingly funny expose of mother-nanny wars.'    Evening Standard