Legendary British filmmaker Nick Broomfield is an artist who shares many of the same interests as Watch Docs, the primary of which is quality. Originally he was influenced by the direct cinema of Frederick Wiseman, Robert Leacok and D. A. Pennebaker. Professor Colin Young at the National Film and Television School at Beaconsfield inculcated him with the tradition of documentary participant observation (previously Broomfield graduated with a law degree from Cardiff and Political Science from Essex University). Broomfield’s early works are brilliant examples of this cinematic method. But Broomfield owes his spectacular success and extensive impact on the world’s documentary films to his new and original style forged in the late 1980s. Broomfield “discovered” his style somewhat accidentally by interjecting himself onto the screen as the director of the popular film “Driving Me Crazy,” conceived as a “making of” the musical “Body & Soul,” which slipped out of control during production. From then on, Nick would become the trademark of Broomfield’s films, always armed with his sound boom and the Nagra tape recorder. On the one hand, showing the act of filming and the dynamics of relationships with subjects allowed Broomfield for a self-reflexive examination of the act of documentary filmmaking, though non-discursive and not direct. On the other hand, Broomfield became the father of the kind of subversive documentary that would later bring fame to filmmakers such as Michael Moore and Louis Theroux, with its use of provocation, satire and irony without necessarily fawning over its subject. There’s a certain paradox in the fact that polite and English Mr. Broomfield came to create an unruly documentary genre. But with his kind smile, Broomfield is truly tenacious and uncompromising. If he is disarming it is certainly not only (and not primarily) in that word’s lighter meaning–he effectively disarms puffed up personalities and media myths behind which he often exposes violence, corruption and injustice.