If are one of the hidden regions, then prisoners are phantasms walking through them. Perhaps even more hidden away are the prisoner’s loved ones. Prisoners have sons, daughters, brothers and sisters. Many have wives, husbands and children, yet there is almost no consideration given to their fate.
The criminal law system is like death. No matter how much you think you know about it, you know nothing until you’ve been through it. Other documentaries… Read more “Why a film about prison: A reflection on society’s failure”
Radical film making, or Third Cinema, has conventions like any other form of art. Mainly, grab your camera and start filming. Go where the story is, live… Read more “Radical documentary and prison: a film making challenge”
Many years ago a criminology student thrust a word into my limited vocabulary – aetiology. I’d not heard of the term back then, but it perfectly captured… Read more “Criminology, crime and aetiology”
When we mention that we’re making a prison film, we’re often met with the same response. People easily recall that “Channel 4/BBC had something on recently… drugs… Read more “Making a prison documentary: Should we film inside?”
There’s nothing like a prison film to draw out the ethical conundrums. I was chatting to a “Middle Eastern” revolutionary friend when many of these came to… Read more “The Revolutionary Conundrum: Looking for safety, ending up in prison”