Masters of Dreams: thirteen legendary jewellers reveal their secrets

Director and Director of Photography: Sean O'Sullivan

eva herzegova wearing a chopard necklaceHow are these marvels of diamonds, gold and gemstones that adorn the necks of stars and celebrities, conceived? Who are the designers? Where do they find inspiration? How are these exceptional jewels even made? Go behind-the-scenes with thirteen of the world’s most legendary jewellers: experience what goes into the design and creation of their most magnificent jewels, as well as the jewellery’s presentation at major events. Gain entry into the studios of the most secretive jewellery houses, watch as negotiations for the most beautiful diamonds unfold, and visit the workshops where experienced craftsmen manipulate metals, bending them every which way to create extraordinary pieces – some worth up to ten million dollars!


Film Info

Directors: Guillaume De Ginestel, Eric Ellena, Jane Lipman & Sean O’Sullivan
Director: Episode 4 The Jewellers of the Americas: Sean O'Sullivan
Director of Photography: Episode 3 and 4: Sean O'Sullivan
Co-Producers: French Connection Films, Quasar Multimedia, Current Affairs Hambrook Communications 
Year: 2013 
Length: 52 minutes x 4 episodes
Languages: English, French
Partners: The French Film Board (CNC), Media Programme (Europe), Friuli-Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund, The South African Department of Trade & Industry (DTI), The Gauteng Film Commission
Broadcasters: Stylia (France, Africa), Vosges Television (France), Sky Arts (Italy), Canal Plus (Poland) Film Info

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The Meaning of the 21st Century

Directors: James Martin and Sean O'Sullivan

The meaning of the 21st Century

Screen adaptation of James Martin's acclaimed book. The 21st Century will test mankind to the limit. Not since the last ice age has humanity faced so many existential threats. From technological overdrive to environmental collapse....the next 100 years will determine the fate of the world for centuries to come.

Interviews with Martin Rees, James Lovelock, Craig Venter, Jane Goodall, Susan Greenfield, Chris Patten, Norman Myers, Robert Gagosian and Crispin Tickell 


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Producer: James Martin
Directors: James Martin, Sean O'Sullivan
Narrator: Michael Douglas

University of Oxford Matched Funding Challenge

Direction: Sean O'Sullivan

 Oxford Martin SchoolUniversity of Oxford

The film is part of a 50 million USD matched funding initiative for the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University.

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Big Questions

Director and Director of Photography: Sean O'Sullivan

Oxford UniverstityOxford MArtin School 

Our founder, Dr James Martin asked School Director, Professor Ian Goldin, “How can ideas change the world?” Bringing great minds together not only brings fresh insights, it accelerates our ability to solve problems, said Goldin.

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Revolution in Oxford

Production and Direction: Sean O'Sullivan


Univ of OxfordOxford Martin SchoolThere's an exciting revolution in Oxford. How will it change your future?

The unprecedented challenges that face the world -- climate catastrophe, overpopulation, rapid technological expansion, extreme inequality, nuclear terrorism -- require radical rethinking to find effective and timely solutions. A need to inspire some of the world's best minds to work together to understand and address these problems prompted Dr James Martin's vision to establish the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. This new film, Revolution in Oxford, was produced and directed by Dr James Martin. It shows how novel ideas and interdisciplinary collaborations fostered by the Oxford Martin School are not only changing Oxford University, but also the world. Through candid interviews with the academics involved, James Martin reveals some of the latest insights and new approaches to addressing some of humanity's most intractable questions.


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