83 – My (Rather Candid) Conversation with Brexitannia Director, Timothy George Kelly

Conversation with Brexitannia Director, Timothy George Kelly

There is something – many things, really – that can be said about having a conversation with Timothy George Kelly (dir., Brexitannia) on the current state of documentary film (or Brexit, for that matter).  But you probably wouldn’t believe me if I tried to explain it here.  The best thing to do, of course, would be to simply dive into the episode.  But you should do so with some caution.

For this episode may provoke you.  It may force you to think of your doc making in a different way.  It may make you anxious.  It could make you annoyed.  Or it could make you jump for joy with happiness and exaltation.  Whatever my conversation with Timothy does, if nothing else, you will be moved in some direction.  This is not unlike, of course, what the whole Brexit referendum did a couple of years back.  Which, by the way, Timothy thankfully covered in brilliant and black and white fashion with his stunning new film, Brexitannia.

Among the topics of discussion, we cover:

  • the importance of having conversations about how & when you screwed up as a filmmaker and why the industry is scared of those conversations
  • why Timothy makes docs that deal in truth, and not the blurring of lines between fact and fiction
  • how intentionally making strong creative decisions on Brexitannia practically ensure that it would not be seen on the tele
  • how & why we can and should be making political docs that are interesting to an audience in an effort to engage them in political discourse


Related Sources

Trailer for Brexitannia:


A great example of Timothy’s filmmaking where doc meets commercial.  Made for Adidas Originals and Boiler Room:


The trailer for Timothy’s film that he hates, A City is An Island: 




We are honored to have been invited by #DocLifer, Nic Justice, to give a workshop in downtown Philadelphia on the evening of Wednesday 25th July, 2018 and would love to invite you to attend. We will be presenting a mini version of our The Documentary Life workshop which includes:


  • The Filmmaker’s Identity and Fundamental Values
  • Personal and Professional Finances
  • Lifestyle Habits and Concious Living
  • Building a Support Network and the Importance of Community
  • Organization and Planning Elements of Both Doc Film and Leading a Doc Life


Presentation to be followed by a 20 minute Q&A session.  We will be sharing what we have learned from over 78 episodes of the podcast and our combined 25+ years of working in the film industry. And in addition, we look forward to getting to know our #DocLifer family a little better and connecting face-to-face.

We’d love to see you there, so book your ticket today!

To check out #DocLifer, Nic Justice’s Meetup group down in Philly, follow this link to Rough Cuts Philly!  Steph and I will be giving a workshop on Wednesday eve, July 25th from 6-9p . Tickets are only $20 and can be purchased here.




Our Film

If you are interested in watching TDL host, Chris G. Parkhurst’s personal documentary, you can check out Journey to Kathmandua film that follows the once-in-a-lifetime journey that goats make from their farmland lives of goats in Tibet to their sacrificial deaths in Kathmandu, during the Nepalese holiday, Dashain.

Purchase of the Deluxe Director’s & Goat’s Edition comes loaded with behind-the-scenes footage, director’s commentary, shorts, and deleted scenes. Regardless if you’re simply looking for more info on the making of J2K’or you’re a budding independent filmmaker (or just a fan of goats!), this is a must-have for anyone who enjoys gaining insight into what goes into the making of an independent documentary in a developing country.


Sponsors & Thank Yous


Free Music ArchiveSpecial Thank You to recording artist, Dlay who supplied music for this week’s episode of TDL. You too can download his music or other artist’s music by going to Free Music Archive today!


Host and TDL Founder, Chris G Parkhurst

Chris is a documentary filmmaker and the founder and host of The Documentary Life, a platform which aims to inform and inspire documentary filmmakers from around the globe.

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