Special guests 2016: PENNY WOOLCOCK & ROSS MCELWEE
Ross McElwee is a pioneer of the filmmaker as artist-philosopher. Using his own life to explore both grand themes and everyday detail with equal humor, wisdom and irreverence, his films are more like accidental memoirs than documentaries. McElwee, always the thoughtful and unreliable narrator, leads us on meandering journeys, exploring the aspects of life that obsess us the most: love, death, memory, parenthood and most recently the process of aging.
Since his watershed moment, the cult classic Sherman’s March (1986), through the films that have followed—Time Indefinite (1993), Six O’Clock News (1997), and Bright Leaves (2003)— McElwee has released a string of autobiographical films that, taken together, are unlike any other body of work in cinema. McElwee’s films feel more like Proust than Pennebaker.
Any filmmaker who is interested in first person cinema must come and benefit from this unique opportunity to learn, watch and exchange insights with one of documentary film’s most respected directors at one of documentary’s most intimate festivals.
A jewel in the crown of British documentary cinema and more recently British opera, female filmmakers will take heart from the fact that Penny Woolcock was never formally trained and began her filmmaking career as a single mother in her mid 30s.
Penny Woolcock is a writer and director working across art installations, documentary, fiction films and live opera. She is interested in what happens on the margins.
She has written and directed streetcast fictions, including Tina goes shopping and Tina Takes a Break and feature films The Principles of Lust, Mischief Night, Exodus and1 Day. 1 Day led to One Mile Away following a peace process between two inner-city gangs. Other documentaries includeGoing to the Dogs about dogfighting, The Wet House and On The Streets. She has made archive films From the Sea to the Land Beyond and Out of the Rubble.
Her immersive art installation Utopia showed at the Roundhouse in 2015. She has just directed The Passion in Manchester with Streetwise Opera and The Sixteen a world class early music choir.
Her opera film, John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer led to stage productions of John Adams’Doctor Atomic and Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers for the English National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
PREVIOUS GUESTS & FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE AT THE Former QUADRANGLE FILM FESTIVAL
Alan Berliner - Guest in 2013 where he was described as:
The Quadrangle 2013 festival opened with the English premiere of First Cousin Once Removed - an intimate and unsettling portrait of Berliner's friend, cousin and former mentor, the celebrated poet and literary translator Edwin Honig.
Berliner’s films, including Wide Awake (2006), The Sweetest Sound (2001), Nobody’s Business (1996), Intimate Stranger (1991), and The Family Album (1986), have been broadcast all over the world, and received awards, prizes, and retrospectives at many major international film festivals.
Barney Snow - Guest in 2013 when he was described as:
Barney Snow originally studied fine art before moving to documentary. He's directed Trawlermen, Can't Take It With You and Sweet Sixteen among many others for TV and has produced two of his own docs. Where Has Eternity Gone? featured at Slamdance, Edinburgh and others whilst his second has just been completed.
Charlotte Ginsborg - Guest in 2013 when she was described as:
Charlotte Ginsborg’s films interweave documentary and fictional elements to explore people’s psychological relationship to their jobs and architectural environments. Her films have been exhibited in galleries and festivals both nationally and internationally, and her film, Over The Bones was nominated for the Tiger Shorts at the Rotterdam Film Festival 2010.
Dan Reed - Guest in 2011 when he was described as:
Dan Reed grew up thinking he was going to be an astronomer, then decided to be a nuclear physicist. As a child, Dan spent quite a lot of time playing with plastic soldiers. This made him curious about war, bad people and Russia. He was able to do the Russian thing at university and TV gave him the opportunity to go to war and mix with bad people in rough places. But he is still working on the nuclear physics thing.
Danfung Dennis - Guest in 2011 when he was described as:
Danfung Dennis directed and filmed his first feature length documentary on the war in Afghanistan, Hell and Back Again, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and won both the World Cinema Jury Award and the World Cinema Cinematography Award. The film was nominated for a 2012 Academy Award for best feature documentary.
Gareth Evans - Guest in 2012 when he was described as:
Gareth Evans is a writer, editor and Film Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery. He has curated numerous international film festivals in the UK, from Armenia to Portugal and Iraq to Roma film. He has also curated major mixed media seasons around the work of John Berger, 1968 and Landscape. He commissioned and co-produced Patience (After Sebald), the acclaimed essay film by Grant Gee, released this year.
Havana Marking - Guest in 2011 when she was described as:
British journalist and filmmaker, Marking has worked in the factual TV and film industry for over 15 years. Her first feature documentary, Afghan Star, won both the Directing and Audience awards in Sundance 2009, The Grierson award for ‘best doc on a contemporary issue’ and the Prix Italia. She has subsequently made films for HBO and More4 and is currently working on a part-animated feature about Balkan diamond thieves for BBC Storyville. Her articles and photographs have been published in the Guardian, The Observer and the Telegraph.
Hubert Sauper - Guest in 2014
Hubert Sauper is best known for the highly controversial Darwin's Nightmare (2004) which was nominated for an Academy Award. He is famed for his political documentary films, shot in cinema verite style. He earned world wide recognition for his film's expression, content, and aesthetics. His films are usually controversial for their explicit political, social, and poetic expression. Sauper's film Darwin's Nightmare was nominated for best documentary at the Oscars, and he has been awarded for his work with more than 50 international film prizes.
John Mister - Guest in 2012 when he was described:
John Mister never wanted to be an editor. But, while failing to do all those other things he wanted to do, he cut films for some of Britain's most notable documentary makers, including: Nick Broomfield (Driving Me Crazy, The Leader); Kim Longinotto (Eat the Kimono, Hidden Faces); Laura Fairrie (The Battle for Barking) and the Hartford Brothers (Ping Pong). He’s still trying to give it up.
John Smith - Guest in 2011, when he was described as:
John Smith was born in London in 1952 and studied film at the Royal College of Art. Inspired in his formative years by conceptual art and structural film, but also fascinated by the immersive power of narrative and the spoken word, he has developed an extensive body of work that subverts the perceived boundaries between documentary and fiction, representation and abstraction. Often rooted in everyday life, Smith’s meticulously crafted films rework and transform reality, playfully exploring and exposing the language of cinema.
Julie Moggan - Guest in 2011 when she was described as:
Growing up in a small town in East Anglia, Julie yearned for a way to escape what she thought was an ordinary, unremarkable life. Her travels inspired her to study Social & Visual Anthropology and documentary-making .
In 2010 she made her first feature length documentary, Guilty Pleasures, a cheeky and affectionate look at romance novel addicts and their real-life relationship struggles. Initially commissioned by More4 for its ‘True Stories’ strand, Guilty Pleasures was a festival hit and went on to be broadcast in over a dozen countries around the world. It was nominated for a Grierson Award for Most Entertaining Documentary and received a number of awards and nominations at festivals worldwide.
Kristof Bilsen - Guest in 2014
Kristof Bilsen (director/DOP/producer) completed a filmmaking BA in Brussels (2002). He also works as cinematographer, editor and director for the performing arts and collaborated in the past with directors such as Peter Missotten, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Meg Stuart.
His first film Three Women (about female detainees in a Belgian prison) was shortlisted for the Henri Storck Prize and shown twice on Belgian National Television. Elephant’s Dream, his first feature film, is a co-production with Limerick Films, Associate directors, Man’s Films and RTBF and is currently traveling festivals worldwide.
Liz Mermin - Guest in 2013 when she was described as:
Liz is an American director based in London whose documentary features have taken on subjects like the personality quirks of Irish racehorses, competitive debaters in Qatar, an American beauty school in Kabul, and the relationship between Bollywood and the underworld. They have been released in cinemas and broadcast around the world and noted for their humour and generosity.
Luke Holland - Guest in 2014 when he was described as:
Luke spent his childhood in Paraguay, living for a while among the Lengua, Angaite and Sanapana Indians. He now runs ZEF Productions from Sussex, the setting for his 5-part Series A Very English Village. He has made a number of films for Storyville including Albert Maysles – The Poetic Eye and More Than a Life (Grierson Award, runner-up) the story of his brother Peter’s terminal struggle with Myeloma. He was nominated Otherfield's first honorary elder in 2016.
Kim Longinotto - Guest in 2011, 2013 and 2014, she was described as:
Internationally acclaimed director Kim Longinotto is one of the pre-eminent documentary filmmakers working today, renowned for creating extraordinary human portraits and tackling controversial topics with sensitivity and compassion. Longinotto's films have won international acclaim and dozens of premiere awards at festivals worldwide.
Mairéad McClean - Guest in 2013
McClean is an award-winning filmmaker who has produced work around the themes of memory, identity and migration. Her most recent video No More, won the inaugural MAC International Art Prize in Oct 2014. The winner was selected from a shortlist of 24 artists by Francesco Bonami, Artistic Director of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin: Judith Nesbitt, Head of National and International Partnerships, TATE London and Hugh Mulholland, Curator at The Mac Belfast.
Marcel Łoziński - Guest in 2011 where he was described as:
Marcel Łoziński (born 17 May 1940, Paris) is a Polish film director. He has directed 22 films since 1972 including Anything Can Happen (1995) and How It's Done (2006) and was nominated to the European Academy Award and American Oscar for his film entitled 89 mm from Europe (1993). Since 2005 he has been the head of the documentary programme at the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing.
Mark Isaacs - Guest in 2011 where he was described as:
Marc Isaacs is a documentary filmmaker and director of the acclaimed “Lift”. His films have won Grierson, RTS and BAFTA awards as well as numerous international film festival prizes. He has developed a unique approach to stories and characters, analysing social issues through personal stories and intimate portraits.
Mike Lerner - Guest in 2014
Mike Lerner has been making films since 1988 for BBC, Channel 4, BFI, HBO, PBS, Discovery Channel. He has won a number of industry awards including, Academy Award Nomination for Best Documentary Feature 2012, 6 Sundance Awards (Grand Jury, Special Jury, Best Director, Audience, Cinematography) , EMMY Award for Best Documentary, 2 Grierson Awards for Best Documentary, Prix Italia, 2 Royal Television Society Award Nominations and 2 IDA Award Nominations, Cinema Eye Award, Independent Spirit Award, Gotham Independent Film Award, Audience Award Durban Film Festival, The Alfred Dupont Award, Winner Best Documentary Moscow Film Festival.
Mohsen Makhmalbaf - Guest in 2012 when he was described as:
Mohsen Makhmalbaf is a director, editor and producer, closely associated with New Wave Iranian cinema. As well as winning multiple awards, Mohsen was the president of the Asian Film Academy in 2007. His documentaries include Salaam Cinema (1995) and The Afghan Alphabet (2002).
Nick Broomfield - Guest in 2013 when he was described as:
Nick Broomfield is an award-winning fimmaker. He is known for his indiosyncratic approach to filmmaking, mixing elements of observational cinema with investigative and experimental styles. His films include, The Leader, His Driver and the Driver's Wife (1991), Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003) and Ghosts (2006).
Ollie Huddleston - Guest in 2012 where he was described as:
Ollie is an award-winning editor, who has been working on documentaries for over 20 years. His talent and unique observational style has lead to collaborations with some of Documentary’s leading lights including Kim Longinotto, Adam Curtis, Sean McAllister and Angus Macqueen. His recent credits include, Salma (2012), Knuckle (2011) and Protecting our Children (2011).
Paweł Łoziński - Guest in 2011 when he was described as:
Paweł Łoziński was born in 1965 in Warsaw. In 1991, he was awarded the "Young Director of the Year" for The Voyage and graduated from the National Filmschool in Lódz the following year. He has won prestigious awards at international festivals for his films which include Birthplace (1992) and Chemo (2009).
Rehad Desai - Guest in 2014
Rehad Desai is a former political exile from South Africa, who returned to his home country in 1990. Desai entered the television and film industry as a producer and director in 1996. In 1997, he completed his master’s degree in social history at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; he then completed a postgraduate degree in television and film production through AVEA in 2000. He runs his own film and television company, Uhuru Productions, which produces documentary and dramatic works. He is also the director of the Tri-Continental Film Festival, and is active in the self-organization of filmmakers.
Renzo Martens - Guest in 2012 when he was described as:
His film 'Enjoy Poverty' opened the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in 2009. Episode III: Enjoy Poverty articulates a comment on political claims of contemporary art by referring to its own strategy. The film was shown in art events and venues such as the Centre Pompidou, The Berlin Biennial, Manifesta 7, The Moscow Biennial, Tate Modern, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 19th Biennale of Sydney and several prestigious film festivals.
Sarah McCarthy - Guest in 2012 when she was described as:
Sarah McCarthy’s most recent film, The Sound of Mumbai: A Musical premiered in the Real to Reel section of Toronto International Film Festival in 2010. Sarah was one of four directors featured in Morgan Spurlock’s Committed, an hour-long documentary about directors’ experiences of Toronto which premiered on AMC in October of last year. The Dark Matter of Love is Sarah's fourth documentary film.
Simon Chambers - Guest in 2013 when he was described as:
Simon has worked as a farmer, a ship's deckhand and with people with mental health problems. After being a youth worker for fourteen years, he turned to film making and has made Every Good Marriage Begins With Tears and Cowboys in India, both which have been enjoyed by audiences around the world.
Tony Dowmunt - Guest in 2013 when he was described as:
Tony is the Course Convenor for MA Screen Documentary at Goldsmiths, University of London. He was a Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts, funded by the AHRC from 2003-6, doing a project investigating autobiographical documentary video diaries. He has also worked as a television Producer/Director.
Vanessa Engle - Guest in 2013 when she was described as:
Vanessa has been making films for 25 years. For the first 15 years, she made arts documentaries. For the last decade, she has been making documentaries about people and ideas. She is currently in production on her eighth three-part series for the BBC. Her last five consecutive projects have been shortlisted and/or nominated for Grierson awards.