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Born: 1941-02-10
Profession: Director
Nation: British
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It was one of those great miracles of history that they managed to smuggle an Enigma machines out to Britain just before they were invaded by the Nazis.

Tags: Great, History, Miracles

Anyway, that was the germ of the idea and of course... you know this was early days of sociology and whatever, especially on television.

Tags: Days, Idea, Whatever

I've never much been interested in doing films that no one gets to see.

Tags: Films, Interested

So I do tend to do documentaries where I can move in and out of them.

Tags: Move, Tend

For behaviorist films, that's been much more useful - the change of technology - but for my kind of films, doing them on film is much better, because it's more beautiful.

Tags: Beautiful, Change, Technology

He wasn't, but producers are by definition annoying because they have a different agenda from you. They're trying to stop you spending money and you're trying to not spend money, but at the same time we're great artists.

Tags: Great, Money, Time

It takes great skill to tell a compelling story in under 60 seconds. These five directors have mastered the format, using their talent, craft and imagination to provide us with some of the most innovative filmmaking out there today.

Tags: Great, Tell, Today

It's still the same job, the same anxieties, but it did feel a lot different, that kind of budget, that schedule, and frankly, the slowness of it all, and also having a lot of other units working.

Tags: Budget, Job, Working

Music video directors, who conceive, write and direct these works, enjoy no creative rights, receive no ongoing financial benefit from the sale of our work, and many times are not even credited.

Tags: Enjoy, Music, Work

Now that I can edit the whole thing on AVID and edit the whole thing on tape, maybe I will do the next digitally, because maybe the quality will become less obvious between tape and film.

Tags: Become, Between, Whole

One of the reasons to do documentaries is that. There's more sense of creating something, more sense of my own soul in the documentaries than in movies, because I don't write the movies I do.

Tags: Movies, Sense, Soul

When I joined Granada - which, you don't want to start crying about these things, but Granada was a very, very hot place to be, it was my good fortune to be there at that time - the BBC was firmly asleep.

Tags: Good, Place, Time

Your great country is wonderful at stealing pieces of history and using it for its own purposes, so there didn't seem to be anything particularly unusual about it but the English were incredibly exercised about it.

Tags: Country, Great, History

When a mother quarrels with a daughter, she has a double dose of unhappiness hers from the conflict, and empathy with her daughter's from the conflict with her. Throughout her life a mother retains this special need to maintain a good relationship with her daughter.

Tags: Good, Life, Mother

Adolescence is society's permission slip for combining physical maturity with psychological irresponsibility.

Tags: Maturity, Physical, Society

Faith is not simply a patience that passively suffers until the storm is past. Rather, it is a spirit that bears things - with resignations, yes, but above all, with blazing, serene hope.

Tags: Faith, Hope, Patience

I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.

Tags: Death, Die, Life

I've reached a point in life where it's no longer necessary to try to impress. If they like me the way I am, that's good. If they don't, that's too bad.

Tags: Bad, Good, Life

Freedom of expression - in particular, freedom of the press - guarantees popular participation in the decisions and actions of government, and popular participation is the essence of our democracy.

Tags: Democracy, Freedom, Government

All the world wondered as they witnessed... a people lift themselves from humiliation to the greatest pride.

Tags: Greatest, Pride, Themselves
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I am not embarrassed to tell you that I believe in miracles.

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One must be frank to be relevant.

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It wasn't until we got over the self pity that we were able to accept suffering as apart of our life with Christ. A man or woman reaches this plane only when he or she ceases to be the hero.

Tags: Life, Self, Woman

I don't have any formula for ousting a dictator or building democracy. All I can suggest is to forget about yourself and just think of your people. It's always the people who make things happen.

Tags: Democracy, Forget, Yourself

I guess my religious faith sustained me more than anything else. Family is also very important. If I didn't have children, it would have been too difficult. Even if you are strong, you still need people who would support you all the way.

Tags: Faith, Family, Strong

It is true you cannot eat freedom and you cannot power machinery with democracy. But then neither can political prisoners turn on the light in the cells of a dictatorship.

Tags: Freedom, Power, True

It is not I who have been consigned to the bedroom of history.

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Reconciliation should be accompanied by justice, otherwise it will not last. While we all hope for peace it shouldn't be peace at any cost but peace based on principle, on justice.

Tags: Hope, Justice, Peace

As I came to power peacefully, so shall I keep it.

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I just do whatever it is that I believe I should do, regardless of the risks to my life.

Tags: Life, Risks, Whatever

I know my limitations, and I don't like politics. I was only involved because of my husband.

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It's very simple, I just tell my sad story, and people weep.

Tags: Sad, Simple, Tell

The media's power is frail. Without the people's support, it can be shut off with the ease of turning a light switch.

Tags: Light, Off, Power

The nation was awakened by that deafening shot.

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You, the foreign media, have been the companion of my people in its long and painful journey to freedom.

Tags: Freedom, Journey, Media

You have spent many lives and much treasure to bring freedom to many lands that were reluctant to receive it. And here you have a people who won it by themselves and need only the help to preserve it.

Tags: Freedom, Help, Here

National leaders who find themselves wilting under the withering criticisms by members of the media, would do well not to take such criticism personally but to regard the media as their allies in keeping the government clean and honest, its services.

Tags: Government, Honest, Themselves
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