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Ian McDonald

Having made many documentaries in the last five years both in the UK and India, Ian has earned a distinctive reputation for genre-defying works. Algorithms epitomises his holistic approach in that he believes that direction, camera and editing are all part of being a filmmaker in documentary. Getting to know his subject over many years through his camera and taking a year to carve out an understanding of that world, Ian has created a challenging documentary that goes against the grain of popular notions of sport documentaries.

As a sport sociologist, Ian always used a camera to support his research on sport and physical culture. His move to documentary filmmaking benefits from a seemingly effortless 'way of seeing' that has resulted in documentaries with a difference on art and sport, especially of the 'sporting outsider' - the one who is seen as 'different' by a 'normal' society. His documentaries have been screened at film festivals, conferences and campaign meetings around the world.


Inside the Kalari (2007/20mins)
Brighton Bandits (2007/40mins)
Shame (2009/5mins)
Out of Our Hands (2009/9mins)
Melancholic Constellations: The Art of William Kentridge (2010/55mins)
Willem Boshoff: Reflections of a South African Artist (2010/25mins)
10-11 Pavilion Parade (2011/15mins)
Justin (2011/30mins)



DVD includes optional audio commentary for the blind plus additional scenes and a short film, SeeScapes by J. Geetha. ---------------------------------- WINNER! Best Documentary Feature at the first ever International Film Festival of Persons with Disabilities, Delhi, India (December 2015) Filmed over three years, this remarkably elegant and engaging documentary follows three talented boys from different parts of India: Darpan from Baroda is totally blind, Sai Krishna from Chennai is going blind, and Anant from Bhubaneshwar is totally blind...