Visual History 158 Michael Apted
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Visual History with Michael Apted (1941-2021)

Interviewed by: Jeremy Kagan, Jay D. Roth

Veteran feature and documentary film director and past-president of the DGA Michael Apted discusses his 45-plus year directorial career, highlighting his work on the Seven Up! documentary series, Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), and Nell (1994) and reflecting on his presidency and Guild leadership over the years.

On Seven Up

Director Michael Apted discusses the genesis of Seven Up, the first in a series of critically-acclaimed documentaries following fourteen British children from childhood to adulthood.

On Gorillas in the Mist

Apted talks about the challenges of shooting Gorillas in the Mist, which required creating a believable relationship between actress Sigourney Weaver and a group of untrained gorillas in their natural habitat.

On his presidency

Apted, president of the DGA from 2003-2009, discusses his dual role as an active working director and serving as president -- and the importance of his partnership with the Guild's professional staff.