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Justin Pemberton : Telling stories about the outsiders…

Interview – 2018

Director Justin Pemberton has made his mark in the worlds of music video and documentary. His documentary credits include award-winners Love, Speed and Loss and The Nuclear Comeback, and Richie McCaw hit Chasing Great. Among the artists he has directed in music videos are Anika Moa  and Bic Runga.

In this ScreenTalk, Pemberton talks about:

  • Shooting too much material while directing music videos
  • How a demo of ‘Drive’ launched Bic Runga’s music career
  • First impressions of singer Anika Moa
  • Why he ended up making two very different documentaries about the singer
  • The dangers of entering the damaged nuclear reactor at Chernobyl
  • Relishing telling the story of a couple of underdogs in The Golden Hour
  • Being fascinated by the topic of the documentary I Spy (with My Five Eyes)
  • An unsettling moment when he wondered if he was being spied on
  • How Capital in the 21st Century is his most ambitious work to date
  • How stories of outsiders have underpinned many of his films
This video was first uploaded on 6 August 2018, and is available under this Creative Commons licence. This licence is limited to use of ScreenTalk interview footage only and does not apply to any video content and photographs from films, television, music videos, web series and commercials used in the interview.
Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside