Celebrated photographer Don McCullin worked for The Sunday Times from 1966 to 1983, at a time when the newspaper was widely recognised as being at the cutting edge of international investigative photo-journalism. During that period he covered wars and humanitarian disasters on virtually every continent: from civil war in Cyprus, the war in Vietnam and the man-made famine in Biafra to the plight of the homeless in swinging sixties London. This new, BAFTA nominated documentary uses rich, detailed archive footage and incredible in-depth interviews to reveal the truth behind McCullin's hard-hitting and controversial images, piecing together his remarkable story in truly breathtaking style.
This film is good on so many levels. The man himself reveals so much about his thoughts and actions. The photographs and film footage are fascinating and quite stunning. The interviews are revealing. The film is not just about war, although it is a large part of it, but it certainly makes the point very starkly that war is about the destruction of lives, first and foremost. There are some interesting footnotes about the politics of British journalism as well.