National Theatre

Truth and Illusion

Beamed out live to 2,700 cinemas and 2.5 million viewers worldwide, Truth and Illusion is a 7 minute documentary I directed for the National Theatre, to prelude their NTLive broadcast of ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’.

 

Debuted in May 2017, Truth and Illusion peered into the fascinating and enigmatic life of 3-time Pulitzer prize winning playwright, Edward Albee. Telling his story, discovering his artistic inspiration and holding a mirror up to his audience.

 

"It’s so brilliant. Everyone in NT Live team really loves it!"

Kate Moore

Producer, NTLive

Showcasing a variety of influential voices, Truth and Illusion featured The Guardian’s iconic drama critic Michael Billington, world leading Albee expert Professor Stephen Bottoms, award winning playwright Dr Sarah Grochala and the director of the play itself, James Macdonald.

 

Truth and Illusion also illustrates choice words and historic moments from Albee’s long and illustrious career, adorning the film with words of wisdom and never before seen archive.

Collaborating with global post production studios The Mill and Jungle, the final documentary was mastered in 5.1 surround sound and given a cinema grade.

 

The entire project was conceptualised, researched, shot, edited and delivered in one month.

 

Currently this project is under embargo until later notice.

Studio
Wander Studio Ltd, The Mill, Jungle.

Client
NT Live

Camera
Black Magic URSA Mini 4.6k + Canon 5DMKIII

 

DP
Benson Neilan

Sound
Jamie Frye

Music
Mark Hills