One of my highlights at Britdoc was watching the music short docs that were commissioned for a special 3 Minute Wonder strand. Music tracks were offered up and filmmakers had to pitch the documentary the music was inspiring them to make.
The winners were some of my favourite auteur documentary filmmakers, such as James Lees (who won best short at Sundance this year for The Apology Line), Pinny Grylls (Peter and Ben) and Christopher Allen (of the Light Surgeons). He’s done some really exciting site specific film projects at art galleries music festivals.
For me all 4 are perfect examples of tightly bound films that exhibit flow and mood (like music) rather than text and information plowing across the screen.
You can watch all 4 films:
Hearing a Song, Seeing a Smile – Pinny Grylls (music by Jonny Greenwood)
Pockets – James Lees (music by Saint Etienne)
Home – Christopher Thomas Allen and Robert Rainbow (music by Michael Nyman)
King of Laughter – Nick Hillel (music by Nitin Sawhney)