Why Make A Documentary?
I used to talk about the nature of story-telling in film production. However, more recently, I’ve changed my mind. Film isn’t about story. Film is about finding the truth. I’ve read enough Enid Blyton in my time to realise that not all stories are truthful. Furthermore, I’ve edited enough wedding films in my time to know that occasionally real-life stories are not truthful either! (I’m referring to the one I filmed where they divorced within six months!)
However, documentary gives us an opportunity to explore the human condition and moments in time truthfully – so that they are fixed in time forever. As a filmmaker, my responsibility is to represent what I see in as truthful a way as I see it. Without truth, I don’t think film has much value.