Broomfield's sequel to Selling Of A Serial Killer, Aileen: Life And Death Of A Serial Killer, was released late in 2003, and between those two films, Broomfield explored subjects including former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher (Tracking Down Maggie), bondage and domination (Fetishes), notorious madam-to-the-stars Heidi Fleiss (Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam), the relationship between Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love (Kurt & Courtney), and the unsolved murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B. In connection with the release of Aileen: Life And Death Of A Serial Killer, The Onion A. Club spoke with Broomfield about Wuornos, his past subjects, and his unique filmmaking style.
The Onion: You're a presence in your own films more than just about any documentarian this side of Michael Moore.
Broomfield himself will be attending the Auckland premiere, which doubles as that leg's opening night on May 24.
It's his first-ever visit to New Zealand."I have changed planes once at Auckland and it might be a little too cold to go hiking which is what I would love to, but I'm sure I'll find lots of things to distract myself with my week off."One thing that has already tickled his fancy is the news that New Zealand has its own Architecture & Design Film Festival (which is currently touring the main centres)."I'm a such a sucker for that stuff.
Nick Broomfield's documentaries are characterized by fearlessness, social satire, dark humor, boundless chutzpah, and unforgettably creepy characters living in the margins of society.
But mostly, they're distinguished by Broomfield's deadpan voice, faux-naïve persona, and ubiquitous microphone.
The British director has been making documentaries for 30 years, but he's best known in the U. for a series of films exploring often-tawdry subject matter in ways that push the filmmaking process to the forefront. Broomfield's filmography also includes a poorly received narrative fiction film (1989's Dark Obsession, a.k.a.
A lot of the really interesting stuff that happened, which was in a way more revealing about Lily Tomlin and the experience of making the film, wasn't in the film because we were making it in a very traditional, cinéma vérité sort of way. I felt that certain films lend themselves to cinéma vérité or interview form, and other subjects don't.His , Broomfield speculated Suge Knight of Death Row Records played a role in both late rappers' violent deaths.Whitney Houston, arguably one of the most successful female singers of all time, died in February 2012 at 48 years old.However, one thing he won't be drawn on is what is next documentary subject will be."Do you really think I'm going to tell you? "I'll get served with a lawsuit before I even start. -- will helm a new TV documentary about Whitney Houston for BBC."I want to commission programs that challenge the status quo, inspire original thinking, and give a voice to new perspectives and opinions," she wrote this week.