Amidst the two weeks of screenings and events that was The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival sat the calm oasis of the filmmakers’ breakfasts, which along with being a perfect opportunity to load up on coffee and croissants for the day, meant that I got to speak to some of the directors with their films fresh in mind.
The balance between documentarist and subject has always been a tricky balancing act; too close and you risk losing objectivity but too distant and you really don’t have a film. I spoke to Amir Bar-Lev about navigating this minefield in his feature documentary My Kid could Paint That, along with what happens when events take your film in an completely unexpected direction.
My Kid Could Paint That (2007)
A look at the work and surprising success of a four-year-old girl whose paintings have been compared to the likes of Picasso and has raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars.