Sheffield Doc/Fest Podcast

This is part 2 of a masterclass with Paul Watson from 2006, chaired by Alan Hayling.

Direct download: Paul_Watson_2.mp3
Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:25pm UTC

Paul Watson's latest film is a searing, moving portrait of a hidden bit of Britain. But the film has a second purpose: it deconstructs the documentary-making decisions Paul has taken in the course of its making the film. In effect, the film is itself a documentary masterclass. In this session, Alan Hayling and Paul Watson look in detail at the scenes and characters Paul chose not to include in the film and the choices that finally shaped the completed documentary.

Direct download: Paul_Watson_1.mp3
Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:41am UTC

The BBC's Director of Television Jana Bennett is one of the corporation's most senior executives. She's been there through the beginnings of the digital age and now looks after all the BBC's television channels. She's worked abroad running The Learning Channel of Discovery and even received an OBE for services to science broadcasting. So she's a very big wheel, but what doe she think about documentary? Well her background in news, current affairs and latterly science programmes really does, in documentary terms at least, make her one of us. Anyone who knows her willI'm sure acknowledge her sharp mind and quick-wittedness when it comes to whether films are any good. And if anyone has seen the future in terms of audience taste and interest, its most likely to have been Jana. So what works and what doesn't? Where's the most exciting new talent? And what is the future for British documentary on television and beyond? From October, Jana Bennett is the BBC's Director of Vision and delegates at Docfest have a chance to hear about her plans first at this not to be missed Friday Night BBC Interview.

Direct download: Jana_Bennett.mp3
Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:30am UTC

What is the role of the documentary art form? How can filmmakers survive in warzones, when the 'dangerous' corners of the world are now everywhere? A free, open conversation, with illustrative clips and blogs. Recent civilian casualties in Lebanon, Israel, Gaza, Iraq and elsewhere insist that we ask what docmakers, citizens and broadcasters can do to prevent war and visualise real/reel peace? Clips of new and old films will be screened to spark active discussion with panelists and audience.

Direct download: 10_Docs_Against_War.mp3
Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 9:55am UTC

So you've made your documentary - now where to put it? Is anyone still paying out there? Amidst all the potential of digital distribution, are cinema and TV still important? Join a panel of feisty international distributors who will each offer a different perspective on the digital 'revolution' and expose what's solid and what's fluffy. Best of all, you'll learn not only how to get the world to see your documentary but how to get paid for it to.

Direct download: 09_Distribution.mp3
Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 1:39pm UTC