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Sean's new short film about the working poor entitled 'Peas and Paypackets' will be broadcast Wednesday 22 May at 11:05pm on BBC1 (North) as part of the Living With Poverty series.
Sean McAllister wins at Sundance
Sean McAllister: Documentary filmmaker
"One of the most brave and powerful filmmakers around" [Michael Moore, Traverse City Film Festival]
After leaving school at 16 Sean worked in and out of factories before finding a camera and filming his way into the National Film School. He graduated in 1996. Since 1996 Sean McAllister has made films for both the BBC and Channel 4; working in the UK, Israel, Iraq, Japan, and most recently Syria, and The Yemen. In 2005 his film 'The Liberace Of Baghdad' (about Iraqi pianist Samir Peter) won the Special Jury Prize (World Documentary) at the Sundance Film Festival.
Sean's films portray, with characteristic intimacy and frankness, people from different parts of the world who are struggling to survive but are survivors, caught up in political and personal conflict, trying to make sense of the world we live in.
From his early films Working For The Enemy (1997) and The Minders (1998), both nominated for a Royal Television Society Awards, to his more recent successes, Sundance Jury Prize-winning The Liberace Of Baghdad (2004), Japan: A Story Of Love And Hate (2008), and this year's (2012) film The Reluctant Revolutionary' Sean's work continues to inspire, to surprise and to fascinate audiences.
Sean is currently filming in Greece, and the Middle-East, and researching some subjects for possible films in the UK.
All of Sean McAllister's films (except 'Working For The Enemy') are available to purchase as (MP4) download's for £2.50 via Paypal or with a credit card as a Paypal guest.
The Reluctant Revolutionary
The Reluctant Revolutionary' received its television première on Monday 19th March (2012) as part of the 'Storyville' strand on (UK) BBC Four. The Hollywood Reporter said; "A breathless pace, a sense of black humor and a great central character make The Reluctant Revolutionary one of the most immediate and accessible descriptions of the Arab Spring yet to emerge."