Britt Arthur



Sheffield Doc/Fest, Day 3: Life in a Day

09 November 2010 | 0:00 - By Britt Arthur

The big highlight of today was seeing Kevin Macdonald (director of The Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void, One Day in September, among others) show a work progress of his crowd-sourced film Life in a Day. In collaboration with YouTube and executive producer Ridley Scott (legendary director of films like Gladiator, Alien and Blade Runner), Macdonald asked people around the world to help create the first user-generated feature-length documentary shot in one day – 24 July 2010.


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Day two saw the launch of Meetmarket, the Round Tables and I spent most of my day in pitching sessions and meetings. Unfortunately, this does not make for a fascinating blog entry, but from looking around I dare say that there are a lot of “Quotabl.es” being generated as people discuss their projects.

Aussies at Doc/Fest - Diana Pepper, James Grandison and Jess Woodland

Aussies at Doc/Fest - Diana Pepper, James Grandison and Jess Woodland

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The focus of Day One was the Doc/Fest Crossover Summit which featured a series of keynotes and case studies exploring wonderful new ways to use the World Wide Web. Given I’m writing a blog it made sense to start-off with ‘Using Digital Tools for Social Good’ – a session looking at how we can use the digital landscape to make the world a better place and if it really is possible to change the world with your mouse.


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Sheffield Doc/Fest: The Truth is Out There

04 November 2010 | 7:00 - By Britt Arthur

Sheffield – Home of the knife; birthplace of The Human League; Joe Cocker; Michael Palin; and host of one of the world’s most important documentary festivals. Who would have thunk it? Well, it’s true, and as the slogan for this year’s Sheffield Doc/festwould have it - “The Truth is Out There”.


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About this Blog

Britt Arthur is a documentary filmmaker with a passion for telling character-driven stories that make you laugh, smile, cry and think. Her first documentary, Not in Front of the Kids, about the sex lives of the elderly, won some awards and was a hit in nursing homes.

Britt Arthur

Britt Arthur is a documentary filmmaker with a passion for telling character-driven stories that make you laugh, smile, cry and think. Her first documentary, Not in Front of the Kids, about the sex lives of the elderly, won some awards and was a hit in nursing homes. Her TV-doc debut, Give Me A Break, was lauded as being "as funny as a Christopher Guest mockumentary". Since then she has worked with subjects ranging from children, plants, animals and buildings to celebrities, police and accused war criminals.



Her most recent documentary, My Uncle Bluey, won numerous accolades, including an international premiere "In Competition" at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and an award for Best Direction in a Short Film at the Australian Directors Guild Awards.



Britt is currently directing the documentary Arthouse for ABC-TV’s Artscape.



When she isn’t making films, she is watching them, or making other people watch them. She founded Doco Club in WA – and her inner doco nerd hopes that you will start a Doco Club too.



More here: www.schmickfilms.com

 
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