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YouTube, Ridley Scott link for Life in a Day

YouTube is reuniting with exec producers Ridley Scott and Kai Hsiung and director Kevin Macdonald to recreate feature film Life in a Day, 10 years after the original.

Ridley Scott

Millions of people around the world will be encouraged to film their lives on Saturday July 25, with footage sourced from the contributors to be woven together in a documentary that will tell the story of an ordinary day on earth.

The film will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and on YouTube in 2021.

The original Life in a Day film was made in July 2010 to mark YouTube’s fifth birthday and premiered at Sundance 2011.

“Following the success of the 2010 documentary, this is an important moment to revisit this inventive film concept with Ridley and Kevin,” said Susanne Daniels, global head of original content for YouTube.

Macdonald added: “Making the first Life in a Day was one of the most joyful and eye-opening experiences of my life. Contributors were generous enough to share often quite intimate moments from their lives as part of a huge, life-affirming filmmaking experiment.

“I am thrilled, 10 years later, that we are making Life in a Day 2020. In that time, how have we changed? How has our relationship to filming ourselves changed? And at this extraordinary turning point in history, what are we hoping for in our future?”

Life in a Day 2020 is produced by RSA Films in association with Flying Object. Scott and Hsiung exec produce, while Macdonald directs. Jack Arbuthnott and Tim Partridge produce.

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