MIKE DIBB has been producing and directing films for television for almost forty years on subjects, ranging from cinema and jazz to art, sport, literature and popular culture.
These include several films with writer John Berger, in particular the hugely influential BBC series “Ways of Seeing” (BAFTA Award 1972), later a best-selling book.
His other documentaries include “The Spirit of Lorca” ( Gold Award NY Festival of Film and TV 1989), “What’s Cuba Playing At?” ( BBC Arena1985- on the Afro-Spanish roots of Cuban music), two films on Spain’s great cultural archetypes “In Pursuit of Don Juan” and “The Further Adventures of Don Quixote”, and three themed series on the contrasting subjects of ‘Play’, ‘Time’ and ‘Latin-American Culture’.
With Stephen Frears he co-directed “Typically British”, the long BFI/Channel 4 documentary on the history of British cinema. “The Miles Davis Story”, his two hour film for Channel 4 about the legendary jazz trumpeter, now available on DVD, received The Royal Philharmonic Society TV award and an International EMMY in New York as arts documentary of the year 2001.
His most recent feature-length documentaries, also now on DVD, include “Tango Maestro –the life and music of Astor Piazzolla” (106’ BBC), and “Keith Jarrett – the art of improvisation” (84’ Channel 4). He also directed “Edward Said – the last interview”, available now as a cinema release and in an extended 206’ version on DVD.
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