Channel 4 has commissioned a feature-length documentary from Caravan and Quicksilver Media exploring the origins and growth of the anti-vaccination movement, and its impact on global efforts to defeat the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Rise of the Anti-Vaxx Movement (1×90’, working title) includes interviews with leading experts on the anti-vaccination movement, and some of its leading proponents, as well as parents on both sides of the battle.

Eamonn Matthews, Executive Producer, Quicksilver Media says: “Just at the moment when Covid vaccines offer the best chance for saving the lives of millions across the globe, the anti-vaxx movement has grown in strength.  The Rise of the Anti-Vaxx Movement (w/t) investigates this well-funded and organised movement and the methods it uses to draw in and hold its followers.”

Dinah Lord, Executive Producer, Caravan says: “The Rise of the Anti-Vaxx Movement (w/t) is a timely and globally resonant story, providing a forensic investigation into the anti-vaxx business, exploring some of its more disturbing activities and shedding new light into a growing movement which has the potential to change the course of history.”

Steve Boulton, commissioning editor Channel 4 News and Current Affairs adds: “This is a time of powerful anti-social conspiracy theories and we felt we needed to take a deep dive into one of the most troubling, a movement which threatens to damage public health just as science starts to deliver us all from a killer pandemic.”

The Rise of the Anti-Vaxx Movement (1×90’, w/t), is a Caravan and Quicksilver Media production for Channel 4 and Arte. It is directed by Colette Camden (Married to a Paedophile), produced by Flora Bagenal and the Executive Producers are Dinah Lord and Eamonn Matthews. The documentary is being distributed worldwide by All3Media International.

Jon Creamer