7 NOV 2019


The epic new documentary is from the Emmy Award-winning director Dan Reed and tells the important story of how humanity gained a wonder cure with antibiotics and now has almost lost it.


Kew Media Distribution has secured the international rights to the epic new documentary, “Superbug”, the latest project from the Emmy® award-winning producer and director of “Leaving Neverland” fame, Dan Reed.

“Superbug” (1 x 110-120’), an AMOS Pictures production for HBO and BBC Two, tells the important story of how humanity gained a wonder cure – antibiotics –  the guarantor of modern medicine, and now has almost lost it. This cinematic hybrid documentary and scripted film will unravel the story of how this happened and what it means for the future humankind.

The scripted scenes will sit right alongside the documentary material and will offer the opportunity for Hollywood talent to be involved with the project  with all the publicity this will bring to the issue.  It is anticipated that “Superbug” will raise awareness and inspire action for change that just might save humanity.

Director Dan Reed (“Leaving Neverland”; “Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks”; “The Paedophile Hunter”) says, “’Superbug’ will tell an important story that will make viewers question their relationship with modern medicine while sweeping them up into an immersive journey like no other. ‘Superbug’ will feel like an epic, entertaining movie, using the full arsenal of screen storytelling: movie-grade computer-generated imagery, scripted drama and cinematography, and an orchestral musical score alongside classical documentary techniques with all the truth, intimacy, immediacy and sense of engagement that they deliver. The CGI will be immersive and photo-real, a journey into a never-before-seen landscape populated by extraordinary living things.”

Jonathan Ford, EVP Sales, Kew Media Distribution, said “We are delighted to offer viewers worldwide subject matter that really pushes the boundaries of storytelling. The use of new digital technologies in ‘Superbug’ will enhance traditional storytelling and bring a cinematic experience into each viewer’s living room. We are honoured to build our catalogue of documentaries from the award-winning producer, Dan Reed.”

“Superbug” was commissioned by HBO Joint Head of Documentaries Nancy Abraham and BBC Two Commissioning Editor Clare Sillery. The documentary will premiere on HBO and BBC Two in 2021.