True Vision

films that make a difference

Brian Woods

Brian went to Cambridge and studied Psychology for three years, from whence (to the surprise of everyone) he graduated with a First.

He tries to give the impression that he doesn't like people to know this, but its inclusion here is obvious evidence that that is a pile of tosh.

His first job was as an account manager for a top London Advertising Agency, managing brands such as Honeywell, Mazda and Holsten Pils. However that job lasted less than a year before he was unceremoniously sacked, enabling him to realise the truth that he, in fact, hated working in an advertising agency.

Through sheer perseverance (i.e. writing hundreds of letters) he managed to get a six week job in a corporate video production company, where he stayed for the next five years. He quietly sneaked through various jobs including researcher, set designer, floor manager, and writer to eventually emerge as a producer (at least that's what it said on the business card).
He finally reached the dizzy heights of an 8 x 30 minute infotainment show for Ulster Television called Green Pages, during which he met his wife, and co-founder of True Vision, Deborah.

In 1993 he started his first independent production company that evolved into True Vision in the fullness of time.
True Vision has done a bunch of stuff that you probably already know about if you are sufficiently interested in the company as to have delved this far into its website.

Deborah sadly passed away in 2015, after a quarter of a century with Brian (for which she deserved a medal) and a 15 year dance with breast cancer.  Brian still misses her, but is also possibly the luckiest man on earth as he has once again found enormous happiness with the wonderful Catherine, a brilliant academic researcher and obstetrics consultant.  They now split their time between London and Cambridge, the latter being where True Vision East has now been established (and where Catherine delivers babies and coaxes students through medical degrees). 

It used to say here that he tries (but usually fails) to do ashtanga yoga self-practice every morning, but that is just not true anymore, he hasn’t done yoga properly for years!  Having said that he has now got into road cycling, so it not a total couch potato.
If you've got this far, then you can read an interview with Brian that was conducted by Broadcast's Robin Parker, here.
And if you're STILL hungry for more, then you can hear him wittering on to Televisual about social documentary, and passing on the best piece of advice he has ever been given, (all while wearing an implausibly loud Desigual shirt!) in the video clip below…

If your masochism knows no bounds, here he is being the token man on a panel discussing why so few women are winning awards for factual programmes.

And finally here he is wittering on about how documentary can make a difference!