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Director's cut — November 2005

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November 1, 2005 by Tara Brabazon

Greetings to members and lurkers.

I have written a lot this year about the state of television. Never has news and current affairs been more important. Never has television been filled with such nonsense. I have found that — increasingly — I am disconnecting from television. Thankfully, documentaries have filled the gap in critical thinking and interpretation. Michael Moore — whatever we may think of his politics of films — has done a service by bringing audiences back to documentaries.

We have needed these fine, controversial and difficult texts. Over the last weekend I saw John Dullaghan's Bukowski: born to this. It is a radical, disturbing film, featuring the life and politics of the famous American novelist and writer. He is defiant, aggressive and angry. His views are not popular, but they are provocative and trigger insight and debate.

As the Collective, we need to ask ourselves how we create and encourage this type of provocative space for thought. As our projects for next year develop, we must make this our goal. Think differently. Be different.

See you in December.

T XXX

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