On the first two days of Doc/Fest - Rhys Holland
By Hussain Currimbhoy 15 June, 2012
We are now in the midst of Doc/Fest and the past two days have been an extremely interesting experience. Amazing new documentaries have blown away the audience in the screenings. Insightful question and answer sessions have given the audience a great opportunity to see the people behind the camera and how they have operated. Remarkable events and discussions have given everyone information into interesting and new media platforms. The 2012 Sheffield Doc/Fest is leaving a positive impression on myself as well as all the other members that have had the pleasure of experiencing everything going on, and it has only just begun!
The screening and events so far have been wonderful to watch particularly CALL KE KUCHU, the Big Fish (Very) Small Pond’ session and, one that I would particularly like to mention, the In conversation with Michael Apted event.
In Conversation with Michael Apted was a particularly interesting experience for me due to his successful background of documentary and film work that he has created over the years. I could recognize the honesty in Michael’s answers: at one point he mentions that he is amazed with how scared directors are with management, helping me to realize that I come under some of the categories he mentioned. Michael Apted was very interesting to watch and had a lot of experiences that had been useful for someone such as myself who wants to break into the media industry. I was able to ask him a quick question regarding the transition from the British film industry to the American film industry which he gave a positive answer, mentioning the opportunities that come from abroad with experience within your own media industry.
I have been very grateful for what I have seen so far and hope that these next few days will give me more information to show you!
[Rhys Holland is sitting on this year's Youth Jury.]