20th November, 2008
Renowned documentary maker Nick Broomfield became the first ever to win a third Grierson as he collected Best Drama Documentary with The Battle for Haditha.
This, his latest feature film, retraces a real-life story of violence and retribution in Iraq. The film marked the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq and examines the legacy of the prolonged military presence in the country.
For Broomfield, HD production suits his intimate shooting style, with the small crews possible on HD productions getting the best results. It's an approach he's exploited to the full on his two most recent films, both shot on the Sony HDW-750P.
His 2005 drama documentary Ghosts delved into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Chinese cockle-pickers in Morecambe in 2004. On both Ghosts and Battle for Haditha, Broomfield offlined on Final Cut Pro with workflow advice, conform and HD and SD masters from On Sight.
"There will be no better film about the Iraq war... with its emotional immediacy and depth-charged intelligence ... and lines of dialogue that fly up like crackling cinders." - The Financial Times (London)