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For decades among the foremost names in documentary, Nick Broomfield has often implicated himself in the filmmaking process, with honesty and candor. Yet never has he made a movie more distinctly personal than this complex and moving film about his relationship with his humanist-pacifist father, Maurice Broomfield, a factory worker turned photographer of vivid, often lustrous images of industrial post-WWII England. These images inspired Nick’s own filmmaking career, but also spoke to a difference in outlook between Maurice and Nick, whose less romantic, more left-wing political identity stemmed from his Jewish mother’s side. My Father and Me is both memoir and tribute, and in its intimate story of one family takes an expansive, philosophical look at the twentieth century itself.

-Michael Koresky

Previous Festivals: NYFF

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Screening Schedule:
  • Sat 03.07 | 11:45 | Tel Aviv Museum - Assia Auditorium
  • Sun 04.07 | 16:30 | Cinematheque 3
  • Wed 07.07 | 14:30 | Cinematheque 1
  • Watch online | The film will be available From July 1st until July 31th

Nick Broomfield studied Law at Cardiff, and Political Science at Essex University, he then went onto study film at the National Film School, under Professor Colin Young.

Nick first got introduced to photography when doing badly at school his father Maurice took him on trips with him when he was photographing factories as an industrial photographer.

He made his first film ‘Who Cares’ about Slum Clearance, a poetic series of images set to the people of Liverpool’s voices. It took him two years to cut this 18 minute film. Since then he learned a lot from Professor Colin Young at the National Film and Television School who also introduced him to Joan Churchill the brilliant cinematographer, which is why Nick ended up recording sound. Together as a crew of two they made over ten feature length documentaries. Several were controversial and sought to achieve reform.

Then as Wikipedia defines “Broomfield became known for this self-reflective film-making style: making films that were also about the making itself as well as the ostensible subject. His influence on documentary could be seen by the work of younger filmmakers in the first decade of the 21st century: according to The Guardian, Michael Moore, Louis Theroux and Morgan Spurlock each demonstrated similar styles in their recent box-office hits.

Nick Broomfield is the recipient of the following awards amongst others,
Sundance first prize, British Academy Award, Prix Italia, Dupont Peabody Award, Grierson Award, Hague Peace Prize, Amnesty International Doen Award.

Production: Marc Hoeferlin, Shani Hinton, Kyle Gibbon
Production Company: Lafayette Film
Editing: Joe Siegal
Cinematography: Barney Broomfield, Sam Mitchell, Tristan Copeland