205 Great Directors: Peter Watkins

“I do not believe that the anti-globalisation protest will ever reach its true fruition if we leave the cinema and television and the radio in the present position we’re in.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Body of work as a whole.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: N/A

What Did I Watch: Culloden.

Where Does He Fit: Culloden is a pretty mindblowing concept and didn’t deserve to be relegated to television just because it’s so cinematic. However, it’s hard to fault that on a conceptual level, as the battle itself is treated like a television documentary with talking heads and self aggrandizement. Just over an hour, and with violence that it’s hard to believe you could ever get away with, the mishandled nature of the battle (can’t claim to know much about it but very eager to learn more) is stuck front and center and poked at relentlessly. Brilliantly nasty, and with a really mean wit about it.


Most Valuable Asset: Truth and fiction are braided together by television.
Most Excited For: Edvard Munch.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.

Coming Up Next: The Maysles Brothers and Charlotte Zwerin, who documented many a crazy event.


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