The Filmmaker's House
United Kingdom2020documentary75'Somewhere in Europe
Marc Isaacs opens up the door to his house before us and reveals the secrets of the film backstage. He shows a Columbian cleaner, British workers fixing the fence in the garden, a neighbour from Pakistan serving everyone a delicious lunch and a homeless man from Slovakia who may sometimes sleep on his couch. Very skilfully, the director blurs the boundary between the documentary and fiction until the spectators start to lose their certainty about the perspective of their reception. Are the individuals on screen playing any parts? What is the director’s role? Full of invention, Isaac’s performance is amusing and disturbing at the same time.
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- Q&A guestMarc Isaacs
Director of documentary films. He has made more than 10 creative documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4. His films have won Grierson, Royal Television Society and BAFTA awards as well as numerous international film festival prizes. In 2008 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of East London for his documentary work. He is a guest tutor at the London Film School, the National Film and Television School and Royal Holloway University.
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