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"They’re dependable, creative and consummate professionals, producing great content for our website. They’re also a lot of fun to work with."

− Jennifer Woodside, Director of Communications, The Elders

"Fat Rat Films are making great short docs right now, which hit all the right buttons of being both entertaining to watch while really highlighting some important issues."

− Phil Ilson, Artistic Director, London Short Film Festival

"Working with Fred and Gemma at Fat Rat Films is always a delight. They capture the very heart of the story we want to tell about our frontline work."

− Clare John, Marketing Manager at Virgin Unite.

"Fat Rat successfully captured the crux of our campaign, transforming what can be a dry and complex subject into a powerful and human story"

− Alice Powell, Communications Coordinator | Publish What You Pay

"Fat Rat have always been extremely professional, delivering on time and on budget. Their creative input, both at the planning stage and also on set has been invaluable."

− Tim Rosenberg, Great British Chefs

"We are so proud of the 6 films and the experience of making them was not only problem free but incredibly enjoyable. Nothing seemed too hard and no deadline was missed. The results have been way over and above our expectations and investments."

" −Jane Clancey, Head of Global Brand, Amnesty International

Here at the house of Fat Rat, we have three rules about the work we do

We only work on films and campaigns we truly care about and believe in. We’re not afraid of turning down work if we’re not passionate about it.

Each film must have a clear distribution plan before we start production. You’ve got to ask yourself, what’s the point of making it if no one sees it?

The next production has to be better than the last. Onwards and upwards dear friends, onwards and upwards.


A Letter To Ales

A story from the frontlines of the refugee crisis – part of a series of short documentaries commissioned by Amnesty International.

A turning point for China?

Can one man make a difference against a powerful opponent - part of a series of short documentaries commissioned by Amnesty International.

All that Glitters

Gold mining in the Phillipines has tragic consequences for the local people.

Short documentary for Publish what you pay.

Act of Terror

While filming a routine stop and search of her boyfriend on the London Underground, Gemma suddenly found herself detained, handcuffed and threatened with arrest.

Act of Terror tells the story of her fight to bring the police to justice and prevent this happening to anyone else, ever again.

It is easy to forget about the 2000 Terrorism Act and its damaging effect on civil liberties and human rights. Act Of Terror puts the spotlight back on this murky law, and demands that we keep vigilant in the face of ever increasing state power.

An animated journey through the labyrinthine world of English Justice, the sinister caveats of Terrorism legislation, and the shocking cronyism of the police complaints system, Act Of Terror is about strength in the face of powerlessness and finding the courage to fight back.

Together: Ending child marriage in Zambia

Mirriam is a 17-year-old who wants to become a doctor, but child marriage and poverty threaten the future she dreams of.

Fair Play Qatar

Uncovering the serial abuse of migrants employed to build the World Cup – part of a series of short documentaries commissioned by Amnesty International.

Feeling the Heat

A short documentary produced for Oxfam in Bangladesh.

Fortress Europe

A story from the frontlines of the refugee crisis – part of a series of short documentaries commissioned by Amnesty International.

Hidden Lives

Hidden Lives is an ongoing series of micro-documentaries that have been shot across three continents and are scored by award-winning musicians.

Series 1 is currently being featured on the New York Times website.

Series 2 is in production and includes films from India, Philippines, Niger and Colombia.


Legal Aid Team!

An animated superhero adventure film pitting three audacious lawyers against the evil justice minister Grayling. Featuring celebrity voices.

Men Buy Sex

A deft portrait of gender lines in the sex industry, this short lip-sync documentary tells the stories of men who buy sex CAUTION: Explicit language

No Place Like Home

"A wonderful piece of filmmaking" Morgan Spurlock

.A family on the brink of destruction, the poetic banality of Government oppression on a quiet suburban street, the forgotten victims of the war on terror.

5 minute version of our short documentary that was broadcast on BBC Newsnight and got us investigated by the Attorney General and threatened with a two year prison sentence.

Oil and Water

In a derelict garage, Darren, a man full of love and rage is caught between the two sides of his personality, the old and the new, the violence and the love, the image and the truth.

Playing against the myth of the east end hard man, this short documentary is a Shakespearean tragedy in the real world.

This multi awarding short documentary has been screened at festivals around the world and broadcast on London Live in 2014.

Reg's Patch

Reg's patch is his market stall, where his father and his father before him have traded, rooted to the same spot. At 83 years old, seemingly unaware of the fact that time has passed him by, he is the last remaining member of the family. Alone in more ways than one as London has changed around him, the final remance of another time is slowly covered over.

Premiered at Branchage International Film Festival 02/10/09. Screened at the East London Film Festival. Broadcast on London Live - May 2014

Shooting The Tribe

In 1989, the Kogi tribe of Colombia opened their doors to a BBC documentary film crew. Their intention was to send us a warning that if we continued to live our lives the way we do, the destruction of the planet was assured.

25 years later, ‘Shooting the Tribe’ takes us back into the jungle of the Sierra Nevada, to understand why it is they, not us, whose way of life has changed.

This short documentary captures the natural beauty of the landscape that has been home to the Kogi for centuries.

With an original score by two members of British Sea Power, ‘Shooting the Tribe’ transports you to a world that is on the brink of extinction.

Premiered at Raindance 2013, screened at LSFF 2014, Shuffle Festival 2014 and Branchage 2014

Hidden Lives: The Gold Miner of Niger

Hidden Lives is a global documentary series featured on the New York Times. Shot in Niger.

The Golden Swan

There's plenty of money being made in the mining industry in Kyrgyzstan but for who?

Short documentary commissioned for Publish What You Pay

Hidden Lives: The Laundry Men of Mumbai

Hidden Lives Series featured on The New York Times. Screened at London Short Film Festival, Januray 2016. Shot in India.

Hidden Lives: The Street Chef of Gulshan

Hidden Lives is a global documentary series featured on the New York Times. Shot in Bangladesh

Hidden Lives: The Wild Things of Rurrenabaque

Hidden Lives is a global documentary series featured on the New York Times. Shot in Bolivia.


THE WOODCUTTERS is a short documentary that tells the story of three men at the heart of the fight to bring down a tyrannical regime.

In Niger 2009, the country was on the brink. The President had dissolved the highest courts, torn up the constitution and imprisoned his opponents.

But one group was fighting back...

Uncut UK

In the build up to their biggest protest yet, we met the people behind UK UNCUT to understand how this direct action group wentfrom an idea in a pub to a nationwide movement in only a few short months.

They had managed to put tax avoidance on the agenda, an issue that traditionally doesn’t get the blood pumping. But their style of protest, bringing direct action to the high street, was done in such a positive an engaging manner that everyone felt they could join in, from toddlers to pensioners.

The long term effects of UK UNCUT is clear; they were a forerunner of the occupy movement and tax avoidance became something that could no longer be swept under the carpet by an army of accountants.

Our film was broadcast on BBC Newsnight and then played at Sheffield Doc/Fest later that year.

We Are Girls Not Brides

Music video for an original song, written and sung by a group of Zambian Schol girls, to empower young girls to know their rights.

Commissioned by Girls Not Brides.

Your Country Needs Youth

Broadcast on The Guardian’s front page in October 2013, this short documentary, executive produced by Chris Atkins (Dir. Taking Liberties, Starsuckers) delves deep into the murky recruitment practices of theMODas they continue to hoover up recruits under the age of 18.

Britain remains one of the few countries to recruit children into their army. This film entwines the stories of two men, David Buck an ex-soldier recruited at 17 and now suffering from PTSD and Richard Pendleton an ex Ad-men, who worked on the Army’s campaigns targeting children and their parents.