Smart Hearts


Directed By: Victoria Mapplebeck
Produced By: Peter Day
Released : 1999
Duration: 5 x 30 minutes for
Created For: Channel 4

In May 1999 Victoria Mapplebeck began recording the marriage breakdown of her two artist friends, Claire de Jong and her husband Brendan Quick. For one year she filmed Claire, Brendan and his new girlfriend Lisa Jensen. They filmed each other and web-cams filmed it all, streaming 24 hours a day 7 days a week to the Smart Hearts web site. The intensity and intimacy of filming created a challenging take on the complexity of modern relationships, and in Britain’s first live web documentary, viewers were able to chat live with the documentary subjects and crew. This continual on-line interaction continued throughout the series.

“Although convergence between TV and the web is in its infancy, Channel 4’s new 5 part documentary series, Smart Hearts, offers intriguing pointers as to where the future might lie”. Kieron Corless (Time Out, August 2000)

“Grotesquely compulsive”. Fiona Morrow (The Guardian, August 2000)