Documentary-maker Marc Isaacs: ‘I like to provoke, but not to be seen’

Documentary-maker Marc Isaacs: ‘I like to provoke, but not to be seen’
He counts Louis Theroux as a fan but struggles to find funding for his off-beat drama-doc hybrids. He explains why he uses non-actors to play themselves – and why he filmed his cleaner finding a cat with a defrosted pigeon in its mouth

While making his first documentary 20 years ago, Marc Isaacs spent two months in the lift of a London tower block, filming the residents coming and going, and asking whimsical questions (“What did you dream about last night?”). That short film, Lift, also featured a fly, which he bought from a pet shop; the insect expired in the final shot. Isaacs hadn’t intended that to symbolise the death of the fly-on-the-wall genre – “It only occurred to me afterwards” – but it fits his philosophy, which spurns any notions of unmediated reality. For two decades, he has prodded, coaxed and intervened, all from behind the camera. “I like to provoke,
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