THE CAMERA THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
The summer of 1960 was a critical moment in the history of film, when the fly-on-the-wall documentary was born. This remarkable story of the film makers and ingenious engineers who built the first hand-held cameras is told by the pioneers themselves, some of whom are now filmmaking legends. Back in 1960, they were determined young revolutionaries.
Television documentaries went from being stilted, static affairs to dynamic eyewitness accounts. And we got to see some wonderful examples of what that meant, with footage from groundbreaking 1960s masterpieces like Drew and Leacock’s Primary, following a young Kennedy and, from the other side of the Atlantic, the French verité classic Chronique d’un été.
Benji Wilson, THE TELEGRAPH
1 x 60’ FOR BBC FOUR
WINNER: BEST USE OF FOOTAGE, ARTS – FOCAL AWARD 2012
NOMINATED: BEST ARTS DOCUMENTARY – GRIERSON AWARDS