Mike Dibb

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A Listening Eye: The Films of Mike Dibb

As one of Britain’s most prolific documentarians, Mike Dibb has directed dozens of filmic portraits of people and places from the 1960s to the present. Through conversations with artists and public intellectuals (David Hockney, Edward Said, and Salvador Dalí), portrayals of migration, and focused series which aimed to understand human activity through music, recreation, and sport, Dibb’s variety of works demonstrate his humility and commitment in honoring expansive thoughts, rituals, traditions through both rigorous and playful observation.
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Lorca, Hockney, Byatt, Berger – how Mike Dibb got the greats to open up

This morning, like most mornings, Mike Dibb is sitting in his conservatory. “It’s where I spend many, many, many hours,” he says. “And it’s very nice, because I look out into a little garden.” There is a desk, a painting by an old friend, and a vine that twists up the back wall. He’s speaking via Zoom from west London and it feels strange to see this documentary-maker on screen. Over the course of more than five decades, Dibb has rarely ventured in front of the camera. Instead, he’s the voice off-screen, the steady hand steering the story.
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