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Lift
Lift
2001
25m | Documentary
When filmmaker Marc Isaacs embarks on a mission to capture the dynamics of everyday life in a London tower block, his original approach reaps wonderfully unexpected results. Setting up in the lift, he waits for the opportune moment to converse with the residents. By turns humorous and moving, these casual encounters capture the many facets of a multicultural British society.
All White in Barking
All White in Barking
2007
1h 13m | Documentary
All White in Barking is a compassionate and illuminating film that probes the attitudes of Barking's white residents toward their new immigrant neighbours. Isaacs is an unseen, but prominent, presence, questioning prejudices and prying at preconceptions with remarkable results to produce a vivid picture of the attitudes and perceptions at the heart of an increasingly multicultural Britain.
The Road
The Road
2012
1h 15m | Documentary
Isaacs introduces a diverse number of characters who have made their way to London, from all over the world, in order to seek a better life. There's a young Irish woman who dreams of becoming a singer, who takes a job pulling pints in Cricklewood, serving the generations of Irish people who came over before her; a lonely Irish ex construction worker loosing his battle to booze; a man from Kashmir working in a hotel, trying to earn enough money so his wife can join him; an elderly Jewish woman who fled Vienna when Hitler was in power; and a glamorous retired German air stewardess living with her estranged husband. Fused with wonderful moments of humour and equally heartbreaking moments where broken dreams are revealed, this is a study of immigration that manages to be highly affecting, whilst avoiding being polemical or didactic.
Cutting Barking
Cutting Barking
2007
40m 35s | Documentary
Marc Isaacs and his editor David Charap collaborated on the equally entertaining and shocking documentary All White In Barking. In this behind-the-scenes film, the details of the editing process are revealed as the director and editor reveal the ups and downs of constructing a narrative feature length film. Between the filmmaker’s intentions and the agendas of his subjects, the documentary goes in a direction of its own.
Outside the Court
Outside the Court
2011
1h | Documentary
Based on a simple idea: standing outside the magistrates court and asking people going in and out why they're there and what got them there, Outside the Court becomes a film full of raw, unfiltered personalities who challenge pre-existing assumptions about criminality and criminals. This is a totally transparent piece of filmmaking, there is even a cameraman filming the cameraman.
Oxygen: The Old Man and His Bed
Oxygen: The Old Man and His Bed
2011
7m | Documentary
Following an invitation to a hospital ward specialising in severe respiratory diseases, Marc Isaacs takes a liking to a patient called Bob. Struck by this man’s optimistic, kind and humorous character, the director spends one long night filming an individual whose grave illness seems not to hinder his positive mind-set.
Men of the City
Men of the City
2009
59m | Documentary
In Men of the City, Isaacs takes a more stylised approach to the lives of workers in the City of London during the recent financial meltdown, balancing sensitive portraits of diverse individuals striving to retain their dignity and humanity in the midst of the crisis.
Someday My Prince Will Come
Someday My Prince Will Come
2005
48m | Documentary
Told in rhyme by a young protagonist, this sweet story is set in a quiet village in Cumbria. Over the course of the year a striking backdrop of factories, fields and windmills frames the narrative as Laura Anne and her cousin Steven experience the changing seasons and passing time. A reflection on young love and the loss of innocence, this film evokes a true nostalgia for childhood.
Philip and His Seven Wives
Philip and His Seven Wives
2005
1h 10m | Documentary
Philip Sharp believes that God has chosen him to be a Hebrew king, and lives according to the Old Testament’s ancient patriarchal system. This former rabbi, his seven wives and numerous children all live together under the same roof, raising horses and running second hand furniture shops. Though the law does not recognize these marriages, Philip’s wives all believe their unions to be sanctified by God.
Calais: The Last Border
Calais: The Last Border
2003
59m | Documentary
While the British perceive Calais as the gateway to Europe or a place to buy cheap alcohol, many others see it as the last frontier in the quest for a better life in England. This character-driven film follows the lives of people who have come from afar only to be stranded so close to their final destination. Meanwhile, British expatriates, whose relationship to this space is far more casual, offer an insight to a different yet equally relevant reality.
Touched By Murder
Touched By Murder
2016
16m | Documentary
Following the discovery of a young Polish woman’s corpse left in a suitcase on a London canal, residents of the adjacent building share their reactions. While some remain indifferent or ignorant of the details, others are more deeply affected. For one woman, who shares the victim’s nationality, the story hits a little too close to home. Another resident, who has survived assault, finds the events triggering. Marc Isaacs intimately captures the aftermath of a horrific event in a diverse community.
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