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The Filmmaker’s House

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Launches by BAFTA & Grierson winning director Marc Isaacs on 25th June

"The Filmmaker's House is funny, humane, unpredictable and utterly unique: a bold and playful new direction from one of Britain's finest documentary makers."

New Statesman

 

This meta documentary from BAFTA and Grierson winning director Marc Isaacs is garnering acclaim for its unique exploration of the genre - as the director hosts a gradually escalating dinner party for a group of strangers in his own home.

When Marc Isaacs is told his next film must be about crime, sex or celebrity to get funded, he decides to take matters into his own hands. He begins shooting a film in his home, with people connected to his own life becoming its stars: the two English builders, who Isaacs has employed to replace his fence; the Pakistani neighbour, who he now temporarily shares a garden with; a homeless Slovakian man, who invites himself in and tests everyone's ideas of the expectations and boundaries between host and guests in the process; and the Filmmaker’s Colombian cleaner, who is charmed by all who visit. Blending documentary with fiction, and a wry humour with emotional intensity, acclaimed filmmaker Marc Isaacs unfolds a story which asks pertinent questions about the nature of filmmaking itself.

 Isaacs said: “The Filmmaker’s House was born out of a growing frustration with the state of the Documentary film industry and a personal determination to retain independence of mind in my filmmaking. What has been lost, in my view, is a willingness on the part of funders to back films with a distinct signature -  films that take formal and thematic risks. Filmmaking has always been a process of discovery for me and not a commercial endeavour to serve up the predictable old formulas.

When I eventually decided to take the plunge and create a film based in my own home, I invented the film as I went along with the help of a few friends and together we discovered a way of working that was free from the constraints of the 'industry'. I wanted to walk the thin line between documentary and fiction without relying on my own tried and tested formulas and I was determined to dig deep into a new method and to be inspired by the work of those filmmakers who have followed a similar impulse. I have enjoyed the process immensely, precisely because I wasn’t painting by numbers. I have intentionally left many questions raised in the film unanswered in the hope that the viewing experience provokes further thought.”

A major feature on Marc Isaacs and the film recently featured in The Guardian here

In Cinemas, Virtual Cinemas and Premium VOD 25th June 2021

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