THE FILMMAKER'S HOUSE

THE FILMMAKER'S HOUSE

THE FILMMAKER'S HOUSE


Great Britain 2020
75 minutes
directed by: Marc Isaacs

"The Filmmaker’s House" is masterly made film by one of the most important documentary authors in Great Britain, created in facing a space that we usually think of as a set of walls and things.

What makes the house we live in? Marc Isaacs presents his own house primarily as a place where film ideas and films live. And one of these films he makes in front of us and introduces us to unusual people who come from different parts of the city and the world, and invade at different times, announced and unannounced, creating together events in which they have different roles. All of these events unfold gradually - from simple everyday situations to unexpected ones, and each one brings some surprising blend or dramatic twist. Everyday life before us alternately becomes an amazing film and a surreal show. How brilliantly documented the unpredictability of life! Marc Isaacs's films are astonishing precisely when the author allows charismatic people to seemingly create their own stories in front of his camera which also participates in the events. Behind that illusion, the author carefully directs and guides the flow of the film with discreet directions, provoking and encouraging his heroes. They become a part of his house and his everyday life, he and his camera become an oneiric part of their existences.

This film is a manifesto of the power of documentary film to create captivating cinematic stories from simple scenes of reality.


Marc Isaacs

Born in 1967 in London. He studied at the University of East London. He began his career in documentaries first as an assistant on some of the most acclaimed programs for Channel 4 and the BBC. Soon he started directing on the same channels. Since 2001, he has made more than 10 creative documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4. His films have won BAFTA, Grirson and Royal Television Society awards, as well as numerous awards from international film festivals. In 2008, Marc received an honorary doctorate from the University of East London for his documentary work. He had retrospectives in France, Israel and the UK. The label Second Run, which publishes award-winning films, released a box set of his complete film works. He has recently been appointed as an Associate Professor to run the Masters in Ethnographic and Documentary Film at University College London. His work has been included in numerous documentary books and academic studies.

Selected filmography

  • THE FILMMAKER’S HOUSE 2020
  • THE ROAD: A STORY OF LIFE & DEATH 2012
  • OUTSIDE THE COURT 2011
  • MEN OF THE CITY 2009
  • ALL WHITE IN BARKING 2007
  • PHILIP AND HIS SEVEN WIVES 2006
  • SOMEDAY MY PRINCE WILL COME 2005
  • CALAIS: THE LAST BORDER 2003
  • TRAVELLERS 2002
  • LIFTERS 2001
  • LIFT 2001