Discovery Campus Returns to the UK

Journalism and Documentaries

9-11 March 2007

BBC Studios, Belfast, Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Film and Television Commission brings Discovery Campus back to Belfast, the UK and Ireland for the second time. Europe’s leading documentary conference and training initiative will offer international delegates an excellent opportunity to discuss important developments in the current affairs and factual production sector worldwide.

Featured speakers include:

David Aukin – Former Head of FilmFour and producer of recent critical and popular successes such as The Hamburg Cell, The Government Inspector, and A Very Social Secretary as well as the recently broadcast The Trials of Tony Blair.

Diane Weyermann – Producer with Participant Productions discusses her work developing and producing the must-see films An Inconvenient Truth and Fast Food Nation.

Paul Watson – Paul Watson, creator of The Family, discusses the obstacles and ethical questions he faced when making his latest, much publicised, film Rain in my Heart.

Alex Gibney – Director of Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room talks about his new project Taxi to the Dark Side and how to tackle controversial political subjects like the use of torture in modern warfare and the process of renditioning.

Michael Christoffersen and Mette Heide – The producers behind Team Productions will deliver a fascinating insight into the production of two of the world’s most eagerly anticipated documentary series – The Trial of Slobodan Milosevic and The Trial of Saddam Hussein.

Andy Bichlbaum, Alan Hayling and Sean Langan – Andy Bichlbaum as one of the notorious The Yes Men will discuss the role of humour and comedy in contemporary documentary with Alan Hayling (creator of the BBC’s Mischief series) and Sean Langan (discussing his notorious broadcasts from Afghanistan).

Other speakers include leading commissioning editors:

Hans Robert Eisenhauer – Head of Thema, ZDF/ARTE
Richard Klein – Commissioning Editor, Documentaries, BBC
Eamon Hardy – Head of Independent Commissioning, BBC
Angus Macqueen – Head of Documentaries, Channel 4