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In praise of … Michael Cockerell | Hugh Muir

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He’s a filmmaker whose potent mix of guile and charm delivers crucial insights into the politicians of the day, no matter how accustomed they are to the camera

If we are to encourage or admonish those in power, it is important we have some idea what they are up to. Light is shone by the press corps and by the transmission of proceedings from parliament itself. But every so often, we get a glimpse behind the curtain.

More often than not, that is provided by the filmmaker Michael Cockerell. He filmed his first intimate political portrait, of Willie Whitelaw, in 1989, and in the years since he has produced agenda-setting work adding colour and texture to figures such as Edward Heath, Kenneth Clarke, Barbara Castle, Michael Howard, Boris Johnson, Tony Blair and Alan Clark. His subjects are accustomed to cameras and the limelight,, yet inevitably they surrender an unscripted disclosure, »

- Hugh Muir

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