Published on: 24 June 2015 in Events

The Directors’ Festival 2015: Michael Apted + other line-up announcements

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We're very pleased to announce further details about the line-up for the Directors' Festival 2015, taking place at Altitude London on Saturday 11 July. New additions to the line-up include:

A keynote speech from Michael Apted Peter Kosminsky and David Blackmore discussing the director-editor relationship Sessions on motion capture and animation directing Plus lots, lots more still to come

Don't forget that entry to the festival is completely free for Directors UK members. Members can book here.

Regardless of whether or not you're a member, if you have a question you'd like us to put to Michael Apted please let us know in the comments on our Facebook page.

See below for the full programme details.

The Programme so far... Keynote speech: Michael Apted

We're extremely pleased to announce that the award-winning film and television director Michael Apted will be delivering the first of our keynote speeches at The Directors' Festival 2015.

Michael Apted has had a long and prolific career, directing documentaries, television drama, and feature films for over fifty years, as well as serving three terms as President of the Directors Guild of America and now serving as Secretary/Treasurer. Among his documentaries are the landmark Up Series and the Grammy-winning Bring on the Night. His movies include Agatha, Coalminer's Daughter, Gorillas in the Mist, the Bond film The World is Not Enough, Enigma, Amazing Grace and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. He's had a similarly distinguished career in television, all the way from Coronation Street in 1963 up to Rome and Masters of Sex in recent years. He is currently in post-production on the independent spy thriller, Unlocked.

If you've got any questions you'd like us to put to Michael, please comment below or on the Director's Festival Facebook page. Don't forget to click 'join' while you're there, and let us and your director friends know that you're coming.

Directing for Laughs

How do you make ‘Funny’ lift off the page? Comedy director Ed Bye (Red Dwarf, Vicious, The Vicar of Dibley) and others discuss how to make funny even funnier. Moderated by Christine Gernon (Gavin & Stacey, Up the Women, Grandma's House).

The Art of Interviews

Award-winning documentary directors Louise Osmond (Dark Horse, Richard III: The King in the Car Park), Vanessa Engle (Money, Inside Harley Street) and Brian Hill (The Not Dead, Climate of Change, The Secret History of Our Streets) discuss how to get the best out of interviews and contributors. Sponsored by ARRI.

Creative Collaborations: The Editor/Director relationship

Wolf Hall director Peter Kosminsky discusses how to get the best out of creative partnerships with his long-time collaborator, editor David Blackmore.

Motion Capture

John Dower introduces Brian Mitchell from the MoCap Academy, as he demonstrates how to use motion capture in action. In association with Audiomotion.


Nicolas Ménard, Andy Martin and Rebecca Manley demystify the world of animation directing.

Screening: Amy

A members-only screening of Senna director Asif Kapadia’s hotly-anticipated documentary about Amy Winehouse.

Much more will be announced over the coming weeks...

Saturday 11 July
Altitude London, Millbank Tower, London

Hear from leading UK and US directors as they share personal insights and industry expertise. Take part in sessions, workshops and demonstrations that will help you raise your creative game. Share peer-to-peer learning, tips and techniques in a day that puts you at the heart of the programme.

The UK’s biggest celebration of screen directing talent

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