Order in Chaos: story-telling and editing in documentary film. Joshua Oppenheimer in conversation with award-winning editor Niels Pagh Andersen

Wednesday 3 November 2021, 18.00–19.30

A rare opportunity to join award-winning film editor Niels Pagh Andersen and director Joshua Oppenheimer as they discuss the editing process in documentary film, including how they worked together on THE ACT OF KILLING and THE LOOK OF SILENCE. As a prelude to the launch of Niels’s ground-breaking new book Order in Chaos: storytelling and editing in documentary film, which reflects on processes, methods, collaborations, and insights from a long and distinguished career as a film editor, Niels and Joshua open up, for the first time, their playful, feverish process to a wider public.

This dialogue is the third in a series of events hosted by the Documentary of the Imagination research project at CREAM (Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media) at the University of Westminster. The project is led by Joshua Oppenheimer and Rosie Thomas and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The event is co-hosted by Bertha DocHouse, Doc Society and CPH:DOX.

Niels Pagh Andersen is editor of more than 250 films, including Joshua Oppenheimer’s modern classics The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence. Other credits include Jan Troell’s Everlasting Moments, Ai Weiwei’s Vivos and Human Flow, Jennifer Fox’s Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman, Pirjo Honkasalo’s 3 Rooms of Melancholia and Concrete Night. He is the 2005 recipient of Denmark’s most prestigious award in documentary filmmaking, the Roos Prize. In 2012, he became Professor at The Norwegian Film School and has just completed a book on film editing, Order in Chaos – Storytelling and editing in documentary film. The book is based on decades of extensive artistic research and will be launched on November 21st at this year’s edition of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).

Joshua Oppenheimer’s debut feature film, The Act of Killing (2014 Oscar® Nominee for Best Documentary), engages with active participants in the Indonesian mass killings of 1965-66. It was named Film of the Year in 2013 by the Guardian and the Sight and Sound Film Poll, and won 72 awards, including a European Film Award, a BAFTA, an Asia Pacific Screen Award, a Berlinale Audience Award, and the Guardian Film Award for Best Film. His second film, The Look of Silence (2016 Oscar® Nominee for Best Documentary), also set in Indonesia, premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where it won five awards, including the Grand Jury Prize. Since then, it has received 72 awards, including an Independent Spirit Award and a Gotham Award. The two films have helped transform Indonesia’s understanding of the most important event in its modern history – the 1965-66 genocide – inspiring a movement for truth, reconciliation and justice. Oppenheimer is Professor of Film at the University of Westminster.

The event is free but registration is required. Please register on Eventbrite.

Please note that registration for this event will end at 12pm (BST) on 3rd November. The event will be broadcast live on the Bertha Dochouse streaming site and the link will be emailed to all registered participants shortly after that time.