Docpoint Celebrates Documentary Legends

The British Dochouse at the Riverside Studios in London does a lot for the creation of a documentary culture in the UK… but is apparently not only promoting films within the UK but also outside. I found this very interesting press release about the Finnish documentary film festival Docpoint (January 20-25 in Helsinki) that clearly wants to celebrate two documentary icons:   
Nick Broomfield and Richard Leacock (photo) Leacock will attend DocPoint 2009. The 2009 programme includes a retrospective of Nick Broomfield’s work. Broomfield’s early work followed in the footsteps of cinéma vérité, influenced by Frederick Wiseman and Richard Leacock. Later Broomfield’s style became more distinctive. The retrospective is a comprehensive review of Broomfield’s work. The British censorship laws led Broomfield to work in the United States for most of his career. Since the 1990’s in his films Broomfield has focused mainly on various celebrities, including serial killer Aileen Wuornos, rap artist Tupac Shakur and a Neo-Nazi Leader Eugène Terre’Blanche.

Richard Leacock attend DocPoint with his wife and co-film maker Valerie Lalonde. DocPoint Festival presents A Tribute to Richard Leacock programme. Ever since his film debut at the age of 13 (Canary Bananas, 1935), Leacock has believed in showing the viewer the truest possible record of events. During his career he has worked with legends such as Robert Flaherty, Robert Drew and D.A. Pennebaker, the co-founders of cinéma vérité. A Tribute to Richard Leacock includes among others A Musical Adventure in Siberia (2001), a film about an opera production in Russia, put together decades after it was banned by the authorities. At present Leacock and Lalonde are making an autobiographical documentary of Leacock’s honourable 74- year-long career.

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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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