Across the critical divide

Critical Divide offers international consultancy services to individuals, companies and organisations in both the private and public sector, predominately on the topics of travel and tourism, film, television, home entertainment, the arts and sport. The company also specialises in media, marketing, publishing, communications, public relations, film production and event organisation.

PR & EVENTS

The PR and events team works and has worked with airlines, hotel groups, cruise lines, tourist boards, governments, travel companies, restaurants, movie and TV companies, film festivals, sport organisations and events, fashion companies, charities, biofuels and individuals.

As well as covering the United Kingdom, Critical Divide specialises and has a wide contact base in Latin America, especially in Brazil, and has carried out work and projects in the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, the Caribbean, South Africa, St Helena, the US, as well as across Latin America and the UK.

Critical Divide has worked very closely with Festival do Rio (Rio Film Festival), Rio Film Commission, TurisRio (State of Rio de Janeiro Tourist Board), and the Rio Convention & Visitors Bureau, as well as the Latin American Travel Association (LATA) and the LATA Foundation. Critical Divide director, Christopher Pickard, is the ex-chairman of LATA and a trustee and current chairman of the LATA Foundation. From 2015 to 2017 he was director of tourism for the island of St Helena in the South Atlantic and a director of Enterprise St Helena.

PUBLISHING

Critical Divide’s editorial team has edited or supplied editorial content to a number of newspapers, magazines, books and television programs. These include the Sunday Mirror, Daily Mirror, Mail On Sunday, The Sun, Evening Standard, BBC, Sky, Channel Five, CNN, Crime & Investigation Network, The Latin America Daily Post, Folha de Sao Paulo, Redentor, The Wall Street Journal, Pulse DVD & Digital, Moving Pictures, Variety, Screen International, The Hollywood Reporter, Music Week, Down Beat, Cash Box, Songlines, TravelPlus, Berlitz Guides, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, Insider’s Guides, Insight Guides and Rio Life.

The team has produced publications at or for the Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Rio de Janeiro, Sundance, Panama, Rotterdam, Toronto, Montreal and Karlovy Vary film festivals, as well as at the American Film Market.

Critical Divide updated and published – through MPress – Odd Man Out: The Last Straw, the autobiography of the Great Train Robber, Ronnie Biggs; Ronnie Biggs’ only novel, Keep On Running, written with Christopher Pickard; and the best selling bookazine The Great Train Robbery 50th Anniversary:1963-2013.

Biggs’ autobiography was launched at Shoreditch House in November 2011 and included Biggs’ first ever UK press conference. The book went to number one on a number of the UK and international Kindle charts.

In 2012 Critical Divide launched the web sites Brazil: The Guide, Rio The Guide and World Cup: The Guide and will be launching a series of other web based guides. Where there is demand the guides are also published in Kindle format through Amazon, as was the case with the Brazil and World Cup guides in 2014.

FILM & TV

Critical Divide is in pre-production and development on a number of motion picture and television projects for the international market. These have included and include the feature documentary Rio 50 Degrees (AKA Children of the Revolution), directed by Julien Temple for F&ME and TV Zero, which premiered on BBC1 in prime time in May 2014; On Parade: Carnival in Rio; and Odd Man Out, the story of Ronnie Biggs.

 

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