Justin is an Emmy-winning director, writer and producer. He developed a passion for crafting non-fiction narratives first, as a writer, while working as a reporter for The Independent newspaper in London the early 90s, having graduated in classical literature from Cambridge University. After moving to Barcelona, as a freelance non-fiction writer, he wrote reportage for magazines often working with leading photographers, and at the same time, he became an independent producer/director for news features and short documentaries for the BBC and others. In 2004 he directed his first feature length documentary, FC Barcelona Confidential, which won several international awards, for its deep access and character-driven, observational, narrative style. Since then, Justin has directed a series of award-winning films and series, all produced by Sumpta Ayuso, founding partner of JWP, on subjects as diverse as the lives of jihadi terrorists, or the inspiring work of a transplant doctor, or the drama of African emigration, or a story of love, murder and political conspiracy in Guatemala. The films can either take the form of past narratives brought into the present with interviews, reconstructions, and investigation, or they can be vérité style, following an unfolding story. All is based on the belief that true stories, told with creativity but without invention, can be as dramatic as fiction, and often more revealing.
Plus a discussion with the series director, Justin Webster, in conversation with Simon Schapps.
Attending this event
Simon Shaps spent 25 years working at ITV and is the former CEO of the company’s global production business, and from 2005 to 2008 was ITV’s Director of Television, with responsibility for commissioning and scheduling across ITV1 and all ITV’s digital channels.
Since leaving ITV, Simon has chaired the National Film and Television school, and has also chaired a portfolio of television production, distribution and branded entertainment businesses. He is currently the TV and Film consultant for the literary agency Capel Associates, working on television and feature film adaptations of fiction and non-fiction titles. Simon is the former chair of the Royal Television Society and UK television’s Cultural Diversity Network.
Films screening at this event
- original title
- Nisman: El fiscal, la presidenta y el espia
- Justin Webster
In July 1994, a suicide bomb exploded outside the Jewish community Centre in Buenos Aires, killing 85 people and injuring hundreds in what was Argentina’s deadliest terror attack hitherto. 21 years later, the body of Jewish federal prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found at his apartment, a mere few hours before he was due to testify against Argentina’s former President Cristina Kirchner, whom he had accused of covering up Iran’s culpability. Initially treated as suicide, it was later determined that Nisman was in fact murdered, with all fingers pointed to Kirchner. This gripping six-part documentary series recounts in forensic detail Argentinian Jews’ twofold tragedy, a true story steeped in high-level conspiracy, corruption and yet to be resolved mystery.
6 episodes, 52–60 mins. TV Series available until Friday 20th November
Part of the Alan Howard International Documentary Strand