Amidst the two weeks of screenings and events that was The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival sat the calm oasis of the filmmakers’ breakfasts, which along with being a perfect opportunity to load up on coffee and croissants for the day, meant that I got to speak to some of the directors with their films fresh in mind.
The balance between documentarist and subject has always been a tricky balancing act; too close and you risk losing objectivity but too distant and you really don’t have a film. I spoke to Amir Bar-Lev about navigating this minefield in his feature documentary My Kid could Paint That, along with what happens when events take your film in an completely unexpected direction.
MarBelle has a strange compulsion to watch as many films as he can get his hands on and find jobs that give him a legitimate excuse to drill filmmakers about their work. Directors Notes is the latest incarnation of this disorder and so much cheaper than film school. Twitter: @MarBelle