2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Reinventing the Biopic - what’s the next step?

Saturday, March 12
12:30PM - 1:30PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 17B
531 E 4th St

The last few years have seen increasingly innovative ways of approaching the biography. Documentaries such as Amy have shown how user generated footage has opened up more intimate, visceral ways of understanding a subject, while innovative approaches like Nick Cave’s 20 000 Days on Earth has opened the door to creative collaborations with the subjects themselves. But many films fall back on a chronological, archive-contributor formula. How can the biographical film evolve? What new approaches and technological innovations can be applied to offer fresh insights into individuals whose lives may seem familiar? And how can we make space for the non-celebrity biography?

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Jan Younghusband

Head of Music Commissioning


Jan Younghusband joined the BBC in September 2009 and is in charge of Music commissioning on BBC Television.

Since joining the BBC Jan has commissioned live events, concerts, documentaries and sea...

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Julia Nottingham

Head of Documentary

Pulse Films

Julia Nottingham runs the feature documentary slate at Pulse Films alongside Head of Film, Lucas Ochoa. Pulse’s past credits include 20,000 Days on Earth, Shut Up And Play The Hits, No Distance Lef...

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Kate Townsend

Commissioning Editor



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