Visual History 158 Michael Apted
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Visual History with Michael Apted

Interviewed by: Jeremy Kagan

Part 1: Veteran feature and documentary film director and past-president of the DGA Michael Apted discusses his 45-plus year directorial career, highlighting his work on the Seven Up! documentary series, Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980), and Nell (1994), among other notable projects.

Director Michael Apted discusses the genesis of Seven Up, the first in a series of critically-acclaimed documentaries following fourteen British children from childhood to adulthood.

Apted talks about the challenges of shooting Gorillas in the Mist, which required creating a believable relationship between actress Sigourney Weaver and a group of untrained gorillas in their natural habitat.

Apted offers advice on working as a documentarian and tells how silence can be a useful tool to pull the truth out of a subject.