Directors: Josh Appignanesi, Devorah Baum. UK 2016. 80mins.
A married couple turn the camera on themselves as they undergo the sometimes hilarious ordeal of becoming parents in our era of IVF, late reproduction and the crisis of masculinity. But when life-threatening complications hit, they’re tested to the brink. What emerges is an intimate, moving portrait of a generation going through a revolution that no one is talking about. En route we encounter the likes of Zadie Smith, John Berger, Antony Gormley, Slavoj Žižek, Hisham Matar, Darian Leader and David Schneider. It’s a film for anyone who has children, is thinking of having them, or still feels like a child themselves.
For 25 years American cinematographer Kirsten Johnson has roamed the globe for some of the documentary world’s biggest directors, including Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11) and Laura Poitras (Citizenfour). Drawing on footage she’s shot for countless other directors, in Cameraperson Johnson has assembled a unique memoir of the images that have most marked her to reflect eloquently on the relationship between truth and the camera frame. Poetic and thought-provoking, Cameraperson (winner of a host of prizes including the Grand Jury Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest) is a masterclass in what it means to film and be filmed. A must-see for anyone with an interest in documentary filmmaking.