16th October 2003




Documentary film-maker Sean McAllister will be showing clips from his acclaimed films to Media Production students at the University of Lincoln next week.


Described as ‘the British master of the camcorder’, McAllister is best known for his documentary films ‘The Minders’ shot in Baghdad and ‘Settlers’ filmed in Israel.


A native of Hull, he studied at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield from 1990, where he specialised in documentary making. He graduated in 1995 with his film ‘Hitting 30’.


Now he mainly works alone using a small format digital camera and is able to bring a new closer insight into the subjects of his films.


“His films have been shown at many festivals worldwide and have been broadcast on BBC and Channel 4,” says Christine Bellamy, senior lecturer in Media Production at the university, who has arranged the presentation.


In ‘The Minders’ (1998) McAllister focuses his camera on two minders employed by the Iraqi Ministry of Information to control what foreign journalists are allowed to see.


As the two minders reveal their hopes and dreams, their love of ice cream and English football, they provide a surprising insight into Saddam’s Iraq.


‘Settlers’ (2000) contrasts the lives of Ali Jiddah, a black Palestinian who served 17 years in prison for planting a bomb in Jerusalem - the city where he was born and now works as a tour guide - and his neighbour Dov Shurin, who gave up a career in radio in New York to start a new life in Israel.


Sean McAllister will give his presentation to students at 3pm on Monday 20th October in the Jackson Lecture Theatre at Brayford Pool


The talk is aimed at final-year Media Production students but members of the public are also welcome (space permitting).


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For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                     email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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