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Duration: 1 hour

In the last few months of his life, film-maker and photographer David Peat was persuaded to go in front of the camera to look back at his forty-year career.

David was hailed by many for his insight and humanity. When he died in April 2012 from a cancer he knew to be incurable, work on this - effectively his last film - was coming to a close. It is a moving and emotional look at the craft and art of the documentary film-maker. And indeed also at his work latterly recognised, as a photographer.

It covers David's early days as an all-action cameraman, flying high in helicopters, turning his camera on the famous Clyde sit-in and the early career of Billy Connolly, through to the more intimate documentaries with which he was latterly associated. These films covered subjects as diverse as an intensive care unit in Belfast at the height of the Troubles or the fishing industry in the north east of Scotland and even - ironically as he himself acknowledges - a cancer hospice, providing an invaluable insight into people's often very personal stories.

David explains: 'I think a good documentary opens eyes... takes people into a physical place or an emotional journey, which they couldn't possibly witness or see for themselves.'.

Last on

Sun 10 Jun 2012 19:00 BBC Two Scotland only

Music Played

13 items
  • The Academy Studio Orchestra The Weary Kind (Theme from 'Crazy Heart' motion picture)

    , N2K

  • Image for Ralph McTell

    Ralph McTell Eight Frames a Second

    Sanctuary Records

  • Image for Michael Nyman

    Michael Nyman Time Lapse

    Decca Records

  • Image for Pete Seeger

    Pete Seeger Nameless Banjo Riff


  • Image for Television

    Television Marquee Moon

    Elektra Entertainment

  • The Academy Studio Orchestra Biutiful (Theme from 'Biutiful' motion picture)

    , N2K

  • Image for Jeff Buckley

    Jeff Buckley I Know Its Over


  • The American Studio Orchestra Letters (From 'Precious' motion picture)

    , N2K

  • Image for Jan Garbarek

    Jan Garbarek Born with Wings


  • Image for Phil Cunningham

    Phil Cunningham The Gentle Light That Wakes Me

    Whirlie Records

  • Image for Carl Kress

    Carl Kress Heat Wave


  • Image for Jeff Buckley

    Jeff Buckley Hallelujah


  • Image for City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

    City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra - Time (From 'Inception' motion picture)

    , Silver Screen

  • Archive Video Clips

    Archive Video Clips

    Watch some great clips from just a few of David's programmes for the BBC.

    Archive Clips


Camera Operator
Neville Kidd
Lucy Goad
Sound Recordist
Allan Young
Visual Editor
Jonathan Seal
Louise Lockwood
Tony Nellany


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