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This is England: BRITDOC 2008.2

This is England: BRITDOC 2008.2

As the third annual BRITDOC festival starts to enter its final day, there has been much discussion and enthusiasm for the near future of international documentary. The festival is almost more about panels, pitches, and social gatherings, than it is about discovering new completed films. The weather has been terrific, while Year One was marked by a hellish heatwave and Year Two was known for a torrential downpour. Year Three has been delightfully brisk, which both Londoners and Americans have enjoyed during the days at Keble College. Some more photos:

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(On Thursday night, Passion Pictures hosted a casual dinner at a fantastic Lebanese restaurant near Keble. Pictured here are Passion Pictures head, and prolific international doc producer, John Battsek with Wendy Mitchell from Screen International.)

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(Julie Goldman, left, of Cactus Three played co-host for the Lebanese dinner. Here she is with Teddy Leifer, producer of acclaimed British documentary We Are Together.)

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(On Thursday night, everyone made their way to a disco party at the Keble College Bar. Enjoying a chat outside are, left to right, Ryan Harrington of newly-announced Indiepix Studios with documentary filmmakers Joel Wilson and John Dower. Dower’s latest feature, the Joe Frazier pic Thriller in Manila, had its world premiere at BRITDOC on Thursday.)

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(BRITDOC fest producer Ella Weston, left, decides to “take the piss” and give me a mock-admiration look on Thursday night at the disco party. Photo by AJ Schnack.)

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(Meanwhile, documentary filmmakers AJ Schnack and Paul Taylor take the piss with each other as they rock out on Thursday. AJ is not only serving on the feature jury this year, but he brought his own eyeliner and Member’s Only jacket for the evening.)

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