Documentary filmmaker to give master class at UNT
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Producer/director Stephen Peet, one of the key figures in the development of post-war British documentary, will present a free master class at the University of North Texas April 16.Part of the Department of Radio, Television and Film Forums Series, the class will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 325 of the General Academic Building, southeast corner of Avenue B and West Mulberry Street. It will cover shooting both actuality and living memory, particularly focusing on interviewing techniques and how filmmakers can gain the confidence of the people they are filming. The class will include screenings and discussion of several of Peet's films.Peet is best known as the creator of the award-winning Yesterday's Witness, presented by the BBC from 1969 to 1980. Yesterday's Witness was the world's first oral history television films series.Peet began his filmmaking career in the 1930s as an assistant in a documentary unit run by the sister of John Grierson, who is regarded as the father of British documentary film. Peet later worked for seven years as a director and cameraman with the Central Africa Film Unit, making narrative educational films for village audiences. During the 1950s and 60s, he made many documentaries as a lone director and cameraman in Europe, Asia and Africa. He also directed many films for British television current affairs programs.He joined the BBC's documentary department in 1967, retiring in 1980 to teach. For more information about the master class, call Ben Levin, UNT associate professor of radio, television and film, at (940) 565-4578.