Jamie Doran in Afghanistan 2002
Doran has worked at the highest levels of television
film production over the past 22 years, with many of his films
leading series both nationally and internationally. In that time,
those films have been broadcast on virtually every major channel
throughout the world.
An award-winning documentary filmmaker, Doran
spent over seven years at BBC Television before establishing
his independent television company. His most recent productions
include 2001: The Making of a Myth, an analysis of Kubrick's
epic, and The Android Prophecy, which studied the link between
feature film director fantasy and science reality.
Some of his achievements in the international
arena include what was widely described as the definitive film
of the disappeared in Chile; the release of over 500 political
prisoners in Romania; an expose of the brutal regime in Burma;
the extraordinary and controversial biography of the first human
being in space, described by Victor Lewis Smith as 'television
at its finest'; and the true story of a contemporary Dr Zhivago
saga in Russia, centred on the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia
On average, his films are seen in around 35
countries and he is also an internationally published author.
Amongst major credits: (original broadcasters
Guinea Pig Kids - BBC/NDR Fernsehen
Vulnerable children in some of New York's poorest
districts are being forced to take part in HIV drug trials. During
a nine month investigation, Jamie Doran has uncovered the disturbing
truth about the way authorities in New York City are conducting
the fight against Aids.
The Need For Speed: Going To War On Drugs -
‘The need for speed’ exposes how the
Pentagon has been issuing a concoction of mind-altering drugs
to its soldiers and airmen, resulting in the deaths of allied
forces, innocent civilians and, almost certainly, their own men.
Afghan Masacre: The Convoy of Death -
UK: Five, Germany: ARD, Italy: RAI, Australia: SBS, Canada: CBS
The film tells
of the horrific forced journey undertaken by thousands of prisoners
who surrendered to America's Afghan allies after the siege of
Starman - BBC/Canal +
Seen in over sixty countries worldwide, Starman
relates the moving tale of the young son of a peasant who became
the first human being in space. This film, and the book written
to accompany it, tells the extraordinary true story behind the
legend of Yuri Gagarin
City of Murder & Mayhem
- ITV network and worldwide
This film portrays life
on the edge of death in Moscow. We follow the exploits of two
men: one a banker, and the other from SOBR, the Russian Militias
enforcement wing. This film has already been requested by over
2001: The Making of a Myth - C4
The first television documentary to explore
the making of and thinking behind one of the world's most famous
films: Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi epic: 2001: A Space Odyssey, presented
and narrated by James Cameron (Titanic, Terminator, Aliens etc)
and featuring all major surviving figures, including Sir Arthur
Wasps & Witches - Canal+/DOCSTAR
War is the prerogative of men, or so most men
believe. But Wasps & Witches tells a forgotten story of the
astonishing bravery of women pilots in the Second World War.
Sexspionage - BBC/France 3/Speigel (Ger)/A&E
A story of love, despair and manipulation;
a gigantic struggle between East and West in which the pawns were
young women forced by the KGB to seduce secrets from foreign businessmen
and diplomats to satisfy its insatiable desire for information.
The Thawing of a Cold War Warrior - BBC/Discovery/FujiSankei
A truly dramatic love story within an extraordinary
political framework. General Ivan Dmitrevich Yershov was Commander
of Soviet Ground Forces which crushed the Prague Spring in 1968.
He was a man destined for the very top of the
Soviet military hierarchy, yet gave it all up to save the life
of the daughter he loved - even though this meant losing her to
the enemy. The film culminates as he returns to Prague to apologize
personally to Alexander Dubcek.
Single Pistol Shot - BBC/Discovery
Life on Death Row: this film examines
the life of two inmates. One has committed a crime of passion
(killing his wifes lover in a mad fit of jealousy) and the other
raped and murdered two young girls. For the inmates, their only
contact with the outside world is the prison warden, a man of
unexpectedly deep humanity.
Skeletons Have Names - C4
A film which follows three sisters on a journey
home to Chile in search of their brother who had been tortured
and disappeared during the Pinochet coup against Allende. A tragic
and moving tale, this film was acclaimed worldwide as the definitive
comment on the plight of thousands of students and young protestors
who were never seen again.
The August Kings - C4
The first film involving the men who overthrew
Mikhail Gorbachev. Why did they do it? What was their motive?
Did they regret their actions?
Burma: The Final Stand - C4/France 2
When Burma (or Myanmar) is mentioned in the
world press these days, invariably a comment is made on the democratic
election victory in 1990. Doran was the only foreign film-maker
to enter the country (surreptitiously) in the weeks prior to the
election in order to expose junta plans to corrupt the election
Despite a threat from the regime that he would
be hanged if caught, using hidden cameras he brought the story
to worldwide attention, forcing the regime to invite neutral observers
to oversee the elections.
Alec The Pole - BBC
A moving film of an old soldier who had lived
quietly in Scotland after the war, claiming to be a veteran of
the Polish Army. At his real home in the Ukraine, Alec Krusnenko
had been reported missing, believed killed in action, fighting
against the Germans. He returns to discover a monument has been
erected bearing his name alongside other fallen heroes of the
But Alec had been hiding a terrible secret:
he had not fought for the Soviet Army at all.......he had joined
the Nazi SS.
Technology Wars - C4
The technology battle between East and West:
how America and the Soviet Union fought for superiority in the
field of super-computers in the battle to dominate space.
Out of Order - seven-part series for ITV network
Doran edited this series of primetime programmes
which fought injustice: populist programming, averaging 8 million
viewers each week in the U.K.
Backstreet Betting - C4
An immensely successful film which told how
the Italian Mafia had infiltrated the illegal gambling markets
in Britain. Doran spent three months in hiding following threats
related to this project.
The Red Bomb - three-part series for Discovery
The definitive filmed history of Soviet nuclear
weapons, this series has been acclaimed by scientists throughout
the world. It shows how, in less than a decade after the enormous
destruction of the war against Hitler, the USSR had succeeded
in becoming the second superpower.
All of the surviving Russian scientists and
spies agreed to take part, including Anatoly Yatskov who masterminded
the theft of atomic secrets from the Manhattan Project. Yatskov
agreed to reveal his role for the first time, despite being desperately
ill with cancer. He died two weeks after his interview.