BBC Storyville

The BBC Storyville documentary strand has been running for 10 years and is being saluted at the National Film Theatre in London in this month.

As an introduction to the series of 10 films these fine words are written:

“Over the last decade, the popular perception of documentary has changed enormously. More documentary films are now made independently of television, more now play in cinemas, and more are made by young people.”

… and the films are one masterpiece after the other, broadcasted by Storyville that now is being threatened by cut downs in budget! Here are some examples:

Leslie Woodhead’s “A Cry from the Grave” about Srebrenica. Hupert Sauber’s ” Darwins Nightmare”. Werner Herzog’s “Little Dieter Needs to Fly”. “Liberace from Bagdhad” by Sean MacAllister, produced by Danish Mette Heide. Kevin McDonald’s film about the tragedy of the Olympics in Munich 1972, “One Day in September… and our own Jørgen Leth with “A Sunday in Hell” from 1976.

What a selection, easy to copy at festivals and by other broadcasters.

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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