Interview - David France

"David France, an experienced and distinguished investigative reporter with a specific interest in issues relating to the LGBT community, turned to documentary filmmaking in 2012 with his first feature How To Survive a Plague. Welding together vast amounts of archive and research sources in a style France describes as “archival…

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016 Dispatch #2 - Adaptation

In this second dispatch from Doc/Fest, two films adapted from texts of some kind, and an exploration of the various challenges and opportunities that arise from this process. In a way, all filmmaking is about finding the right cinematic language to externalise something that exists only in the head…

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016 Dispatch #1 - No Distance

After a whirlwind weekend at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest, some notes on a few films seen. One unknown entity, one surprise highlight and a final statement from a legendary filmmaker. Three demonstrations of the scope and strength of modern non-fiction filmmaking. First, from director Gina Abatemarco, the quietly…