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David Morris (2) (2012)

15 Certificate


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London-born photographer Don McCullin, who's celebrated for his powerful images of the world's trouble spots in the 1960s and 70s, is himself the subject of David and Jacqui Morris's documentary portrait. The passing years have obviously given the veteran snapper time to reflect, and he proves a forcefully articulate interviewee, taking the story from his tough upbringing in Finsbury Park to the realisation that his gift lay in capturing the violence and chaos of war. His dedication transported him to the Congo, Vietnam, Biafra and Beirut, delivering unforgettable shots that attest to his compassionate eye and impeccable knack for knowing when to click the shutter. Often harrowing archive news footage helps sketch in the historical background, while McCullin recalls the painful contradictions involved in seeking out the most awful suffering and then taking photos. Here's a man who has witnessed what he terms "the price of humanity": his pictures and this compelling documentary are eloquent testimony to the darkness and light inherent in those words.


Alan Yentob introduces a profile of British photojournalist Don McCullin, told through a series of honest and often graphic interviews. He recalls a life lived in the theatre of war, from his first assignment with the violent teenage gangs on his home turf of Finsbury Park to capturing international conflicts of the past 50 years. During that time, his photography brought home the horrors of modern warfare from Cyprus, the Congo, Biafra and most famously, Vietnam. The film lays bare McCullin's disgust for the destruction of human life mixed with the adrenaline rush of a life spent under enemy fire.

Cast & Crew

Don McCullin Don McCullin
Director David Morris (2)
Director Jacqui Morris

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Artificial EyeGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 21 Dec 2012
Documentary Arts