Pat Collins is a documentary filmmaker who has directed over 17 documentaries. He has won multiple awards for his work that includes Michael Hartnett: A Necklace of Wrens, Oileán Thoraí, Marooned and Gabriel Byrne – Stories From Home. in 2012 he directed his first feature drama, Silence. He spoke to Vanessa Gildea, for Film Ireland, about his filmmaking background and his approach to documentary making.
Liz Mermin is a London-based independent filmmaker from New York specialising in off-beat social-issue documentaries on international topics. Her films include The Beauty Academy of Kabul, Office Tigers and Shot in Bombay and her work has appeared on BBC4, Sundance Channel, Discovery and elsewhere.
Vanessa Gildea, for Film Ireland, asked her about her experiences as a documentary filmmmaker and for her advice for those looking to make documentaries.
Best known for his 1994 debut film Hoop Dreams, a portrait of two young basketball hopefuls, Steve James has spent over 16 years making documentaries. His work often explores race divisions within American society, such as his 2011 film The Interpreters, which looks at gang violence in the Chicago area. He met Anna Rodgers, for Film Ireland, at Sheffield Doc/Fest and discussed his life in documentary and the virtues of being an outsider.