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John Burgan

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Writer, director, editor & lecturer born in London in 1962, grew up in Hull, East Yorkshire. Read BA (Hons) English Language & Literature at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne 1981-1984, then worked as a picture editor at BBC TV News in London before attending the UK's National Film & TV School from 1989-1992. Lived in Berlin, Germany between 1992-2006, working variously as a writer, director, editor and lecturer, then Head of Documentary at the European Film College, Denmark 2006-8. 2010-15 Programme Leader, Documentary at Newport Film School, founded by John Grierson in 1966 and now part of the University of South Wales. Active member of CILECT/GEECT, initiator of the "Teaching Documentary" Symposium in November 2014 http://teachingdocumentary.com

Films as writer/director include MEMORY OF BERLIN (ZDF, 1998), part city portrait, part autobiography; BEHIND WORDS (MDR, 2005) about forced migration and ethnic cleansing in 20th century Europe; FRIENDLY ENEMY ALIEN (ZDF, 2006) telling parallel stories of German and Afghan refugees in Australia. Consulting Producer on MEMORIES OF RAIN (2004) about the underground struggle against apartheid in South Africa, screened at the Berlinale Forum. Favourite credit: "Godfather" on CINEMANIA (2002). 2010: POWER & PLACE, a video essay on sustainable energy commissioned by the Centre for Alternative Technology, Powys, Wales. Also in post-production short film BORON MON AMOUR for www.94elements.com Autumn 2003: artist-in-residence at the Villa Aurora in Los Angeles. Joined The D-Word in June 2001, became Co-Host in December 2005.

May the force be with you.