110 posts about Documentary on this blog
Tuesday 8 May 2012, 10:52
My mum's house had become so full of clutter that she couldn't get through the front door without a struggle. She was sleeping on a scrap of floor in the hall as each of her five bedrooms were inaccessible.
Friday 4 May 2012, 10:15
Planet Earth Live is a project of a lifetime.
A globally live wildlife series!
Wednesday 2 May 2012, 18:00
We covered a vast area and huge distances while filming Indian Ocean.
We visited 16 countries in all and spent...
Tuesday 20 March 2012, 10:37
Maiya was diagnosed with hearing loss at six months old and Rita and...
Friday 3 February 2012, 17:04
Tonight, as Egypt - Children Of The Revolution airs - filmed over a year through Egypt's revolution and tumultuous aftermath - two of the three young people we followed, Gigi and Ahmed, are back on the streets still fighting for the regime to "really" fall.
The third, Tahir, an Islamist tortured in...
Monday 30 January 2012, 11:37
Some television programmes take a long time to make.
If you want to show the most hidden human behaviour within our communities, you're going to need a lot of patience.
Tuesday 13 December 2011, 10:43
I wondered if in some bonkers self-justifying way, the MPs felt they were underpaid, so I worked out how much their net income was.
Then I started...
Friday 9 December 2011, 10:15
If, like me, you grew up in the 80s, loved loud music and winding up your parents, there's a good chance you were into Public Enemy.
At one point they were the biggest thing in hip hop and were hugely popular in the UK with both indie kids and rock fans alike.
I was definitely one of the latter,...
Friday 2 December 2011, 10:22
The truth was, I didn't know. But I knew it would be seen as a failure if we didn't get an interview.
As a director and producer, I have made documentaries...
Thursday 1 December 2011, 11:00
Portrait and fashion photo photographer Rankin reveals what it was like to meet five pioneering Life magazine photographers.
Monday 28 November 2011, 11:30
Tuesday 22 November 2011, 17:12
I watched a young soldier lying in the mud under a sweltering Afghan sky as his friend, with fumbling hands, desperately tried to get a tourniquet round his naked leg.
The screaming was incessant until finally the tourniquet was in place and fiercely tightened.
What I was watching was a training exercise...
Tuesday 15 November 2011, 11:24
He was motivated by a strange combination of self-interest, hunger for adventure, greed, bravery and patriotism.
He was freed from prison and trained as a spy by the Germans...
Tuesday 8 November 2011, 11:30
Some of you may remember Video Nation in the 1990s - a really ground-breaking project where the BBC trained a group of people to use what were then cutting edge camcorders to record their lives on video for a BBC Two series.
The result was fascinating, intimate and raw, sometimes funny and often surprising...
Wednesday 2 November 2011, 12:22
Although I've been making classical music documentaries for about 15 years now, I always find new music and new stories that I've not encountered before.
The big revelation of the series...
Tuesday 25 October 2011, 13:17
The polar regions are truly other-worldly places - aside from their alien beauty, they are extreme and unforgiving, and some of the most challenging places on earth for a film crew to operate.
If anyone ever asks what the key skill was for...
Tuesday 25 October 2011, 13:00
Despite our fascination with World War II it never fails to surprise me how many unusual, forgotten or relatively untold stories there still are.
An upcoming series of programmes on BBC Two takes a fascinating look at some of these lesser known tales, focusing on some of the ordinary heroes and debunking...
Monday 17 October 2011, 16:39
Filming for Origins gave me the opportunity to do something I've never done before: to observe our closest cousins, chimpanzees, in the wild.
Earlier this year, on 5 March, I met up with a crew I knew very well - we'd filmed before on Incredible Human Journey - in Heathrow's Terminal Five.
Thursday 6 October 2011, 15:00
I guess there are two ways of approaching a TV production: knowing exactly what you want to say and finding the people who fit into the mould, or telling the story you discover as you go along.
Tuesday 6 September 2011, 12:50
It's perhaps not surprising that I became a film curator.
I come from a family who documented their lives through home movies over a period of almost 60 years.
Every few years we hold a grand screening, projecting the films onto a sheet at the bottom of the garden.
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