Distinguished figures from the world of media are visiting Middlesex to share their experience and tips of working in the media, presented by award-winning journalists and Professor of Professional Practice Kurt Barling.
The series, titled Broadcasting Today kicks off by looking at documentaries with writer, film-maker, broadcaster and criminologist Roger Graef OBE, and documentary filmmaker and producer Magnus Temple.
Documentary making is a varied art form. From the deep and investigative form pioneered by the likes of journalist and documentary maker Roger Graef to the new multi-camera rig pioneered by the likes of innovative director Magnus Temple. Great global television made by great programme makers. Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear and question two of Britain's greatest practitioners of the art of documentary making in conversation with Professor Kurt Barling.
Roger Graef, OBE: writer, film-maker, broadcaster and criminologist
Roger Graef is an award winning filmmaker, criminologist, and writer. He began his career as a director of the stage in the U.S.A and moved to Britain in 1962, where he made his first film, One of them is named Brett, in 1965. In 1972 he made The Space between Words, five films devoted to the theme of human communication, which began the ‘fly on the wall’ observational style in the UK.
He is best known for his unstaged observational films in normally closed places like boardrooms, ministries, prisons, probation, family therapy, special schools, and social work. His films have influenced policing and criminal justice policy.
Magnus Temple: documentary filmmaker and producer
Magnus was a documentary director and series producer, when he launched production company Firefly, later renamed Dragonfly, with Nick Curwin in 2004. The company became known for its distinctive factual programming and in particular the fixed-rig genre, pioneered with the BAFTA-nominated The Family and the BAFTA-winning One Born Every Minute. The pair sold the company to Liz Murdoch’s Shine Group in 2007 and left it in 2009 to launch The Garden in 2010. They sold The Garden to ITV Studios in 2013, where Temple remains chief executive.
Since setting up The Garden, Magnus' Executive Producer credits have included Perfume, 24 Hours in A&E, Seven Dwarves and the upcoming drama about the kidnapping of journalist Sean Langan.