About the Blog
Henry Miller once said “One’s destination is never a place, but rather, a new way of looking at things”.
That’s how I feel about travel and film. Both help me deepen my understanding of the world; they engage me culturally, emotionally and politically – they mould the way I view things. Experiences of travel and watching films reinforce the age old adage – truth is stranger than fiction.
Between travel, I explore the world through film. Docs have thrown me head-first into political uprisings; sat me in the homes of far flung strangers; taught me histories that had previously been hidden. Like travel, documentaries take me out of my comfort zone.
This blog gives me an excuse to write about these interests. Perhaps it may encourage you to seek out these films. Maybe you’ll follow in my footsteps to some faraway land. Both would make me happy.
In 2008, Helen graduated with a first class degree in Film Studies from the University of Sussex. Since then, she has worked as Operations Director at Shooting People, the UK’s largest network of independent filmmakers, and stood as Co-Director of UnderWire film festival. Previous to that, Helen was Blog Editor for Channel 4’s 4docs, and has written for publications such as The Quietus and Aesthetica Magazine about film culture. She has curated documentary programmes for festivals (Birds Eye View, Flatpack Festival) and screened work for Vimeo Festival + Awards and Sheffield Doc/Fest.