Checking out the suspects at Berlinale
Dick’s been doing his usual thing at the Talent Campus, 13-18 February
February is that time of year when most of us in the northern hemisphere start to seriously consider jetting off somewhere hot and sunny to escape the vicious weather. Dick’s commitment to the Berlinale film festival had him trotting off to -10deg Berlin instead, to coach some of the world’s new pool of talented docu-makers.
Dick was one of the mentors at the Talent Campus Doc
Station, which is a hands-on training programme for new documentary
and directors. “It’s an extraordinary opportunity for young filmmakers
each other and to get a bit of advice from old hands,” says Dick.
“Above all, docu-makers
need allies and the Berlinale Talent Campus helps them find some.”
It's also a chance to catch up with old friends,
like John Akomfrah, pictured below with the orange scarf. John has
recently released his latest film called Mnemosyne. Click here
to find out more.
Meanwhile back at the ranch...
Auf wiedesehen to NFTS 2009 grads,
Willkommen! to 2010 newcomers
The NFTS graduates 2009 showed off their films to the industry on Wednesday 24 February at the National Film Theatre. Our Dick introduced the documentary department’s most high profile event of the year, which was attended by leading broadcasters, former graduates, famous documentary makers (and me).
“I’m very proud of the films last year’s second years have produced. It was a tough year for several students. But – they’ve all pulled it off, and I did the peacock thing as usual,” says Dick.
big wheel keeps on turning and new students
are getting their feet dug firmly into cinema verite.
News by Lady G
By Lady G
1 Day in Handsworth, 1 week on C4
4 has asked DF to produce a set of 3 Minute Wonder films from
Handsworth, Birmingham. Collectively called 1 Day in Handsworth, the
films will portray Handsworth as seen through the eyes of some of its
residents who also took part in the feature film 1 Day The Movie, by
of ten short films combined into a 41 minute compilation called
Handsworth Calling and shown with great success at the Sheffield
International Documentary Festival.
Remembering David Munro at the Frontline Club August 2009
years ago this month the great investigative filmmaker, David Munro,
died of cancer. He had been teaching students at the NFTS with
long-time colleague and friend, DF, while writing a script for a
feature film based on an Isabel Allende short story.