Celebrated photographer Don McCullin worked for The Sunday Times from 1966 to 1983, at a time when the newspaper was widely recognised as being at the cutting edge of international investigative photo-journalism. During that period he covered wars and humanitarian disasters on virtually every continent: from civil war in Cyprus, the war in Vietnam and the man-made famine in Biafra to the plight of the homeless in swinging sixties London.
This new documentary from the producers of the award-winning SENNA uses rich, detailed archive footage and incredible in-depth interviews to reveal the truth behind McCullin's hard-hitting and controversial images, piecing together his remarkable story in truly breathtaking style.Special Features
Contains over 20 minutes of extra footage
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Towards the end of 2012, war photographer Don McCullin recently travelled to Syria for one last trip to the frontline. Interviewed on Radio 4 from Aleppo in December 2012, 76 year-old McCullin said, 'I'm not important in all this. I'm just a carrier pigeon bringing this back home.' An amazing, humbling reflection on a career spanning close to 50 years, that saw Don McCullin cover Biafra, Vietnam and Northern Ireland, bringing back home photographic proof of the horrific fallout of war on civilians. As he says early in Jacqui and David Morris' terrific documentary, 'You're trying to stay alive, you're trying to take pictures, you're trying to justify your presence there and you think, 'What good is this going to do anyway, these people have already been killed?'' McCullin, who started out photographing street gangs in his native North London in the 1950s, has a soft, precise way of speaking. He looks like a rougher Terence Stamp. The Morris's film mixes recent interviews with McCullin with contemporaneous news footage and McCullin's own photographs, which have lost none of their power. His experiences are incredible - from the first execution he saw, at dawn in a Saigon market in 1965, through Vietnam, the Lebanon and beyond. 'My family suffered very badly,' he remembers. 'I was always waving goodbye to them and one wonders in their mind were they ever thinking, 'Will we ever see this strange man again who is supposed to be our father?'' SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, ...McCullin (2012)