SHOOTING ROBERT KING
80-MINUTE FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
TX 2010 BBC STORYVILLE & THEATRICAL RELEASE
(PLUS NUMEROUS OTHER TERRITORIES)
Richard Parry's extraordinary film about the perils, both physical and mental, of being a war photographer…. King's pictures (are) brilliant, perfect encapsulations of trauma, turmoil, chaos and waste … that's what makes the photographs, and this film, so compelling.
Tim Dowling, Guardian Review, UK
Journalists will love this striking exploration of warzones over the past 15 years, The footage in this film is expertly shot by professional cameramen in some of the most harrowing places on earth … These kinds of subtle observations make the amazing footage and stills even more meaningful. This is a thoughtful and provocative film unlike anything we've seen. It's also vitally important.
Rich Cline, BBC Radio 5 live, UK ★★★★
Intriguing documentary about American photojournalist Robert King,… Parry's footage, accumulated over a decade and a half, ends up introducing us to a wised-up and, later, avowedly philosophical King: "I was fucked up before I even went; that's why I was so good at it."
Andrew Pulver, Guardian, UK ★★★☆☆
This fascinating account of the unheralded heroes of international conflict - the journos, photographers and cameramen - succeeds for exactly the same reasons as the best reportage: by focusing on just one story, it somehow tells many more… Parry's film surveys the wreckage and finds in King a fearless, fascinating, flawed figure, and tells his story with the sort of gallows wit that only comes through living cheek by jowl with death.
John Fortgang, Channel 4, UK ★★★★☆
King is a slippery subject – part self-absorbed fratboy, part tortured artist – but Parry's unerring focus and documentary discipline make him as fascinating as he is infuriating
Tom Huddleston, Time Out London
Parry's film surveys the wreckage and finds in King a fearless, fascinating, flawed figure, and tells his story with the sort of gallows wit that only comes through living cheek by jowl with death… A fascinating, entertaining and skillfully assembled documentary about the messed up business of war reporting, and the messed up men who do it.
Film Four Film Reviews ★★★★☆