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The Ethics of Documentary Production; making ‘Don’t Cap My Benefits’

21 October 2015 | 14:00

Ken Kirby, an experienced TV Producer and Director with the BBC, talks about the practical and ethical challenges involved in making this landmark documentary.

The talk, introduced by media lecturer Stephen Harper, will take place at 2pm on Wednesday 21st October in Eldon building EW 1.11

Ken has recently produced and shot the BBC prime time observational documentary Don’t Cap My Benefits, which followed people impacted by the introduction of the benefit cap in Brent. Well received by the BBC1 Controller, the documentary obtained over 4 million viewers, and was put forward by the BBC for a Grierson Award. He has also produced, directed and self shot many major documentaries for national networks including the BBC, Channel Four and ITV, sometimes as Series and/or Executive Producer, as well as teaching on training courses for the BBC, NFTS, Documentary Film Group, DV Talent and several British universities.

Ken’s work spans general factual programming, including current affairs programmes such as Panorama and Dispatches, history drama-documentaries for strands such as BBC Timewatch and Jeremy Isaacs’ Cold War series, and observational and entertainment documentaries. His half-observational, half-historical drama BBC1 60 minute special documentary with Doreen Lawrence transmitted at 9pm on the night of the trial verdict of Gary Dobson and David Norris for the murder of her son Stephen. This film was shortlisted for a BAFTA and nominated for Prix Europa and FPA awards.

Everyone is welcome to join the talk, including all CCI staff and students. Book your spot through eventbrite now!

Image courtesy of  BBC programmes.


21 October 2015
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Eldon Building
Winston Churchill Avenue
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2DJ United Kingdom

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