Ian Buruma's Landmark Documentaries
The film will be screened in the presence of: Ian Buruma
Ian Buruma (b. December 28, 1951, the Hague) is an award-winning journalist, historian and writer, as well as a professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College. Nephew of British filmmaker John Schlesinger, he was educated in Holland and Japan, where he studied Chinese literature and Japanese cinema. In the 1980s, he worked as a journalist, and spent much of his early writing career traveling and reporting from all over Asia. Buruma now writes about a broad range of political and cultural subjects for major publications, most frequently for the New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, the New York Times, Corriere della Sera, and NRC Handelsblad. He is the author of more than a dozen books and also the recipient of Holland's prestigious Erasmus Prize.
“Terminus” launched the career of one of the most famous British filmmakers of the ‘60s and ‘70s, John Schlesinger, who directed some of the landmark movies of the era, such as “Darling”, “Midnight Cowboy” and “Sunday Bloody Sunday”. This short documentary, commissioned by British Transport Films, follows a regular day in one of London’s biggest stations (Waterloo), where, for a brief moment, the lives of thousands of people converge, only to most likely never meet again. Part direct cinema, part re-enactment of different scenes witnessed by the director in the train station while preparing for the project, the film captures a series of details relevant to the culture and society of the times (the early ‘60s) and is a lyrically infused and sometimes comical portrait of the constantly moving masses of people. (Andrei Rus)
awards and festivals
BAFTA Awards 1962 - Best Short Film