Nick Broomfield

Nicholas "Nick" Broomfield (born 1948) is an English documentary film-maker. He is the son of Maurice Broomfield, a photographer. Broomfield works with a minimal crew, recording sound himself and using one or two camera operators. He is often seen in the finished film, usually holding the sound boom and wearing the Nagra tape recorder. From 1959 to 1965, Broomfield was educated at Sidcot School, a boarding independent school for boys (now co-educational), near the village of Winscombe in Somerset in south west England, followed by the University College Cardiff (renamed several times, eventually becoming 'Cardiff University' in 2004), where he studied Law, and the University of Essex, where he studied Political Science. Subsequently, he studied film at the National Film and Television School, in London. Broomfield's early style was conventional cinéma vérité: the juxtaposition of observed scenes, with little use of voice-over or text. Broomfield has been awarded the BAFTA Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to Documentary, and has also been given honorary doctorates from Essex and Surrey Institute of Art & Design, University College.

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