Talk at Leicester’s @docfilmfestival: Olympic Games and the rise of social media documentary

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This weekend I was asked by John Coster, editor of Citizen’s Eye and the curator of Leicester’s Documentary Film Festival to give a talk around the forthcoming Olympics and the rise of social media documentary around megaevents. Using a couple of slides from this presentation and showing a number of clips from a youtube playlist I prepared earlier, I gave an hour-long talk (which could have been much longer tbh) around themes of citizen media and resistance around the games.

Ambrose Musiyiwa very kindly interviewed me after the talk as part of his CivicLeicester project  – which has loads of interesting videos on its youtube channel of people doing creative and political stuff in Leicester, worth checking out.

Overall, the 2nd Documentary Film Festival ran over 3 days this year and was in partnership with Dogwoof Films and also hosted many local film makers who had films screened and took part in social events around the themes of the festival. A highlight for me was the “silent disco” social documentary session  on the Saturday night – where John brought the contents of his HOUSE to the Phoenix Square to change the entire vibe of the space. It was awesome.