Programme: Tuesday 21st November

Is mental health/illness depicted well on screen?

If not, what should be done to improve things?

Mental Health Campaigner, Julian Harrison will be ‘in conversation’ with John Coster and discussing ‘the Good, the Bad and the Ugly‘ from television and film over the last 20 years.

This is a FREE event and open to the public.

6pm-8pm Lecture Theatre 2, Centre for Medicine, University of Leicester, 15 Lancaster Rd, Leicester LE1 7HA

Tuesday 21st November is also United Nations World Television Day

In recognition of the increasing impact television has on decision-making by bringing world attention to conflicts and threats to peace and security and its potential role in sharpening the focus on other major issues, including economic and social issues, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 November as World Television Day (through resolution 51/205 of 17 December 1996).

World Television Day is not so much a celebration of the tool, but rather the philosophy which it represents. Television represents a symbol for communication and globalization in the contemporary world.

The 2017 Documentary Media Month theme is global citizens dedicated to showcasing real peoplereal places and real events from around the world.

The documentary film programme is the 8th Leicester Docfilm Festival.

The Documentary Media Centre project organises events, education based activities and workshops covering 4 areas:

  • documentary film
  • documentary photography
  • documentary audio
  • documentary new media

The pop-up Documentary Media Centre will be hosted on the 1st Floor of 10 Bishop Street, Leicester LE1 6AF.

For further information please email John Coster, Journalist on

Twitter @docmediacentre @citizenseye  @docfilmfestival  @conflictreportr



Programme: Day 23 Doc Media Month

Wednesday 23rd

Creative Coffee Leicester celebrates the return of Documentary Media Month.

The Lightroom, LCB Depot in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter.

From 10.30am I’ll be talking about the experiences and challenges of putting on an event of this scale and some of the hints, tips and lessons I’ve picked up along the way. If you’d like to know a little more about the mechanics of putting on a event or festival, then pop along to find out more.


Creative Coffee is Leicester’s most friendly and creative meet up. A fortnightly event that connects the creative community to businesses, academics and each other.  It’s a new way to exchange ideas, foster innovation and kickstart relationships – all from a relaxed café environment. Alternating between inspiring talks, table expert discussions and informal networking is the best way to inject some creativity into your Wednesday morning! 


Eventbriteclick here

10am-12 Lightbox Gallery, LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RE


Disability Policy Day – the Leicester based disability charity, LCiL will be hosting its 2nd Disability Policy event at the West End Centre.




Discussions will focus on the new ‘Centre for Disability Innovation & Technology’ (CDIT) project and the planned #lcil24 newsroom on 2nd/3rd December to report on the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

1pm-5pm LCiL, West End Centre, Andrewes Street, Leicester LE3 5PA


Documentary film screening of This is not a Coup – Just Another Day In The EU – Journalist Aris Chatzistefanou follows the ‘coup d’état’ interventions of the European Union and European Central Bank in countries such as Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Cyprus and Greece and speaks with former heads of states and politicians who determined the developments in front of and behind the lights of publicity. 

Aris Chatzistefanou takes questions.

This event is a partnership screening between Media Discourse Group (DMU), Digital Media Research Cluster (UoL), Radical Film Network, Leicester People’s University and Documentary Media Centre.

Click here to book your ticket 

6-8pm DMU Campus, Clephan Building, Room 2.13



Programme: Day 10 Doc Media Month


Thursday 10th

Hosted 3 x LAB Sessions for University of Leicester Yr 1-3 Media students.

(LAB Sessions = Learn | Access | Build)


Can documentary film really bring about change?

“Saying it does and proving it does can be quite difficult in the short term. But what happens when we review a documentary over 3-10 years in light of events and view it with a global perspective.

We will look at the climate change debate and review the ground breaking documentary ‘An Inconvenient Truth‘ by former US Vice President Al Gore from 2006. Did Al Gore’s predictions become reality over the proceeding 10 years and did the public take real action to change their habits?

Burma VJ takes us inside the ‘closed’ Myanmar (Burma) of 2008 and a world that most of us will never experience. But with Aung San Suu Kyi now in power after 15 years ‘house arrest’, how did the films call for change in Myanmar pan out for those seeking to elect their national heroe.

Finally, we take a look at 2013’s surprise box office hit Blackfish. The social media storm around the film did real damage to SeaWorlds business with its shares halving in value. How did this low-budget $76,000 film help the plight of captive whales and other animals around the World?”

11am-5pm Doc Media Centre, Highcross


Documentary Photographers …..a who’s who guide’– an illustrated talk.

Documentary photography usually refers to a popular form of photography used to chronicle significant and historical events. It is typically covered in professional photojournalism, or real life reportage, but it may also be an amateur, artistic, or academic pursuit.

c. Andy Williams. EDL protest in February 2012.
Cameron Savage, documentary photographer. Student at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College.

Social documentary photography or concerned photography is the recording of how the world looks like, with a social and/or environmental focus. It is a form of documentary photography.

c. Christopher Michael-Tew. Children in Cambodia all play with toy guns.

It may also refer to a socially critical genre of photography dedicated to showing the life of underprivileged or disadvantaged people.


6-8pm Doc Media Centre, Highcross


Programme: Day 3 Doc Media Month


Thursday 3rd

Are you a Journalist? Have you been for over 1 year? Did you work as a Journalist previously? 

Then we need your help!

I’ve completed this Journalism survey for a colleague at the University of Leicester and request you complete it also.

We don’t often get a chance to shape the future.

The link to his survey is:

In the research task I took the role of the ‘International’ desk and selected the top 2 stories I felt should be used and gave my reasons. A very interesting exercise. It reminded me of my own 10 ‘biggest stories’ / 5 most important’ / most ‘important to you’ activity that I’ve done many times with Uni of Leicester, DMU and Crown Hills Community College students.

Andreas Anastasiou, Teaching Assistant – Doctoral Researcher

School of Media, Communication and Sociology, University of Leicester

Bankfield House, 132 New Walk, Leicester, LE1 7JA, UK

t: +44 (0) 116 252 5344



Doc Media exhibition – includes 7th Leicester Docfilm Festival documentary film showcase.

Can documentary film really bring about change? We look at documentary films screened during Leicester’s 7 DocFilm Festivals and consider whether any really did influence people to change an opinion or take action.

Great conversation with Barney Spigel tonight about documentary film, Citizens Eye and his research around street sound and music…..fascinating.

7-9pm Doc Media Centre, Highcross