WHEN documentary filmmaker, Marc Isaacs, takes part in a question-and-answer session following the screening of one of his films on Monday evening in Edinburgh, he’ll be engaging not just with an audience in the capital, but also in Dundee, Dumfries, Stirling, Ullapool and North Uist.
Earlier in the day, he is to present a documentary masterclass – being hosted by the Scottish Documentary Institute, as part of a scheme called Bridging the Gap, to equip new filmmakers with the skills to develop their careers.
But the latest web-screening technology means the simultaneous screening in six locations of his ‘Philip and his Seven Wives’, plus the multi-audience Q&A session.
Isaacs began working on documentary films as an assistant producer in 1995. After assisting Pawel Pawlikowski on the award-winning Last Resort, he directed Lift, his first short, in 2001.
In the same year, he directed Lifters, two documentaries for the BBC about the subculture of shoplifting, both of which were nominated for a BAFTA Craft Award in the UK.
His documentary film, Travellers, for Channel 4 was then followed by Calais: The Last Border, which offers an original view of England from across the Channel.