Peter Watkins (born 29 October 1935) is an English film and television director. He was born in Norbiton, Surrey, lived in Sweden, Canada and Lithuania for many years, and now lives in France. He is one of the pioneers of docudrama. His movies, pacifist and radical, strongly review the limit of classic documentary and movies. He mainly concentrate his works and ideas around the mass media and our relation/participation to a movie or television documentary.
Nearly all of Watkins’ films have used a combination of dramatic and documentary elements to dissect historical occurrences or possible near future events. The first of these, Culloden, portrayed the Jacobite uprising of 1745 in a documentary style, as if television reporters were interviewing the participants and accompanying them into battle; a similar device was used in his biographical film Edvard Munch. La Commune reenacts the Paris Commune days using a large cast of French non-actors.
In 2004; he also wrote a book… read more
it seems like cinefamily canned the end of the retro its too bad instead of the double feature of Privilege and Punishment Park there doing a director in person premier of that new Bruce Willis movie Looper but I just called and talked to one of the guys who said the'll try to bring Privilege back either for the end of the year or earlier.. ):
If you look at 'best director..etc' lists on mubi, the usual suspects always crop up. Where is Watkins? I don't say this lightly, i think Peter Watkins will one day be recognised as one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th Century. He already is for me. His films are astonishing. Sadly, i'm not surprised he isn't better known. But that is what makes him stand out as a master and a true artist. Not just brilliance but integrity.