In a world of 'alternative facts', why does documentary matter more than ever?

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Paul Sng

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Paul Sng is a British Chinese filmmaker and writer whose work is driven by methodical research, creative storytelling and a collaborative approach that strives for inclusivity and diversity. Paul's films have been broadcast on national television and screened internationally and include Dispossession (2017) and Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché (2021). His first narrative photography book, Invisible Britain: Portraits of Hope and Resilience, was published in 2018. Underpinning all of Paul’s work is an eye for strong characters and compelling narratives, all the while working to establish trustful relationships with people both in front of and behind the camera. In this masterclass, Paul discusses his work and practice as a documentarian and explores how in a world of 'alternative facts' documentarians are more vital than ever.

This talk is part of a series of virtual masterclasses by film and media practitioners, seeking to enable scholars and professionals in the field to share their experience and grow new partnerships. The series forms part of a strand within the newly established Creative Industries Research and Innovation Network (CIRIN) at Oxford Brookes University, which responds to the need for increased attention to the role of the creative industries in social, political and economic terms.

Each instalment of the series will seek to highlight current work undertaken in the field and suggest opportunities for growth and collaboration, while necessarily acknowledging the impact of the COVID-19 crisis from across multiple perspectives within the sector. Special attention will be reserved for the role played by new media platforms of content production, distribution and consumption in the context of a seemingly endless digital expansion, struggling cinema exhibition and shortening theatrical release windows.

The format of the series will allow for dialogue with the attendees, answering questions and networking.

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