Richard directed the documentary film Five Days on Lesvos which, through the prism of a five-day period in 2015, addresses the movement of hundreds of thousands of people across a small Greek island to seek refuge. The film was produced by Samantha Brown. Richard spoke to me about the motivation to tell this story as well as the challenges of working in such an unstable context.
Film review - Placebo: Alt.Russia. This is a fascinating documentary and framing it around a non-conformist international rock band not only brings a larger audience to the issues but also raises complex questions about complicity and privilege (which the band addresses in the opening scenes). To read the whole review, click on through.
When director Charlie Targett-Adams was invited to join Placebo's Russia tour he jumped at the chance. The resulting rockumentary is more about culture and creativity in contemporary Russia than the band itself. This interview with Charlie and the film's Festival & Distribution Manager, Dr. Rebekah Louisa Smith, takes you backstage and off-camera to find out how the film started and where it's going now.
Act of Kindness is a first person documentary about Sven Pannell's search for a man who helped him while he was traveling in Rwanda over ten years ago. Here the producer and co-director, Costa Boates takes us behind the scenes on the trials and tribulations of post-production and filmmaking in the modern context.