A long time, I know, since the last post. That’s because I’ve been hard at work on a new film, to be unveiled soon. Back in August, however, I had a welcome break with a visit to Cyprus for the Lemesos documentary festival, one of the numerous such events that have have flowered in so many places over recent years (Lemesos is seven years old). Demonstrating the existence of real audiences, these festivals give heart to the independent film-maker.
What you get in small festivals like Lemesos is not just the enthusiasm of a local community, who include aspiring film-makers, but also a bunch of invited directors, producers and speakers (here including myself, talking ‘In defence of documentary’) who share the event — with the help of some splendid hospitality. Here is pretty much everyone speaking their bit: