'Don't forget to look into the camera!': Peter Watkins' approach to acting with facts

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This article will examine the work of radical docudrama director, Peter Watkins (director, Culloden and The War Game). In many ways, Watkins is the father of modern docudrama. Working at the BBC in the early to mid 1960s, he pioneered the concept of dramatised productions shot in a documentary vérité style which would prove hugely influential to a generation of docudrama makers such as Ken Loach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-240
Number of pages14
JournalStudies in Documentary Film
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010



  • non-professional actors
  • documentary film
  • drama
  • Peter Watkins

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