Saturday, August 31, 2013

D A Pennebaker in Cardiff

Here's a fine image of documentary filmmaker D A Pennebaker with his wife Chris Hegedus in Cardiff. They are pictured standing outside Chapter Arts Centre in 1985. Pennebaker was in Wales for three weeks to conduct a fimmaking workshop and to deliver a Guardian Lecture. During his stint he obligingly managed to dig up some Welsh Quaker ancestry and talked warmly about the positive energy of the area. Renowned for his dislike of voice-overs and imposed narratives Pennebaker is perhaps best known for his Bob Dylan documentary Dont Look Back (1967). Other great works by him include Primary (1960) which featured JFK on the campaign trail; Monterey Pop (1968) with the likes of Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin; glam classic, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973); and DeLorean (1981) featuring car manufacturer John DeLorean.