D. Taylor Black: David Farrell’s Elusive Moments

This documentary is an inspiration for people, who deal with, work with or like to watch a photographer at work and listen to his thoughts about what he is doing and why and how. The documentary has for me too many words, and I could have done without some few scenes where people say how good David Farrell is, but those are details that a critic has to say in order to get to the point – that Farrell invites us generously to share the many projects he has worked on and is working on, as well as his dilemma (as any creative documentarian) to get into a market that is main-stream, tough and money-orientated. Logically the last sequences of the film shows him as a teacher, who teaches (which he must be good at, my remark from seeing this film) to have a steady income and then go and make his photos as he wants to.

The quality of Taylor Black’s work lies comes from the simple fact that he has followed Farrell for years and that he takes his time when he is with him in the Irish landscapes and in Italy, in Lugo, a place that I want to visit having seen the photos of Farrell. He says himself that the cities he saw was like Fellini, I would say Olmi, the fog, the emptiness, the has-been atmosphere.

The technical side is also touched upon. He shoots on film material, he loves the development process, he shot 900 pictures during 12 days in Italy, he has to edit them, this is where the work starts he says. Does it ring a bell, you documentary observers out there?

Ireland, 64 mins. 2008

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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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