Antivax Piers

Channel 4 commissions major documentary on the anti-vaccination movement

Category: News Release

5 May 2021: Channel 4 has commissioned a timely and important 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 (1x90’, 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 (1x90’, 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.


About Caravan

Caravan, founded by BAFTA, RTS and Grierson award winning producer Dinah Lord is a London-based independent production company focused on creating critically acclaimed, internationally successful content ranging from science stunts to landmark history, arts and science documentaries, investigations, crime and current affairs, factual entertainment and formats for broadcasters and platforms worldwide. Recent shows include Killer Ratings (Netflix), Buried Secrets of the Bible (National Geographic), New Order: Decades (Sky), James Bulger: The New Revelations (Channel 5), Avalanche: Making a Deadly Snowstorm (BBC), Holocaust: The Revenge Plot (Channel 4) and  Britain’s Mental Health Crisis (BBC).


About Quicksilver Media

Quicksilver makes factual and current affairs documentaries for major television broadcasters. Our films have won five Emmys, four BAFTAs, four Royal Television Society Awards, a duPont award, the Robert F Kennedy Journalism Award for International Television, two Grierson documentary awards, and many other major international TV awards.