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Journalism • History • Ethics • Anthropology • War Studies • Media + Communications
BAFTA NOMINEE | FASCINATING - Booklist | DON'T MISS THIS FINE FILM - The Observer
Date of Completion: 2014 | Run Time: 90 minutes, DVD includes 56 minute short version | Includes: Transcript | Director: Jacqui Morris & David Morris
This deeply moving portrait of internationally renowned war photographer Don McCullin chronicles one man’s encounters around the globe, explores the ethics of photojournalism and the psychology of war, and ultimately evolves into a broader meditation on the human condition. Don McCullin spent the majority of his career, which spanned the second half of the 20th century, covering wars and humanitarian disasters on virtually every continent: from the civil war in Cyprus, to the war in Vietnam, from the man-made famine in Biafra, to the plight of the homeless in the London of the swinging sixties. Intertwined with stunning archival footage and never-before-seen photos is the personal journey of this troubled and reflective artist, and the far-reaching questions he raises about the role of the spectator behind the camera. In 1981, the Murdoch Empire took over The Sunday Times, replacing the images of war horrors with those of leisure and pleasure, and cast aside Don McCullin’s realist photography for a more digestible journalism. As more and more news sources turn to infotainment, MCCULLIN urges viewers to ponder the role of the media and most importantly, all of our personal and collective roles in addressing human suffering, especially as wars continue to rage on around us.
Booklist Starred Review
"This fascinating program blends a talented photographer's amazing photos with firsthand accounts, recalling the turbulent twentieth century in vivid, often harrowing detail."
Thomson Reuters | David Thomson, Chairman
"The documentary MCCULLIN is simply remarkable. One rarely encounters the nature of the human spirit to such an unfettered degree. The images convey the essence of our condition, regardless of subject matter. we can only be inspired by the path of such an individual.these photographs remain unmarked by time. our personal journeys are better informed for McCullin’s sacrifices."
The Observer | Philip French
"In this excellent documentary, the careworn, ruggedly handsome McCullin talks straight to camera with great honesty about covering wars and conflicts... What dominates the film are the black-and-white still images. They engrave themselves on our minds... Don’t miss this fine film."
The Independant | Anthony Quinn
"This searching documentary portrait of the photographer Don McCullin is also, necessarily, a distillation of the most harrowing atrocities witnessed since the second world war... Directors Jacqui and David Morris have done a good, unfussy job with dynamite material."
TIME OUT | Cath Clarke
"MCCULLIN is an incredible, multifaceted documentary, at once a paralysing account of war and humanity and a heart rending portrait of a figure plagued by demons. If a picture can paint a thousand words, then this is a film of encyclopaedic proportions enclosed within 95 spellbinding minutes."
Best Use of Footage in a Cinema Release | FOCAL International Awards
Best Documentary Feature Nominee | BAFTAs
Official Selection | Hot Docs 2012
Official Selection | AFI Docs
Official Selection | Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Official Selection | Cleveland International Film Festival