Patrick Forbes


"The Price of Truth"

Patrick Forbes‘s career began as a very junior researcher on a BBC series, when he was arrested after discovering Britain had a (secret) spy satellite. At that moment it was clear that documentaries offered a lot more excitement and interest than his previous career as an economist at the Bank of England. He’s gone on to become one of Britain’s best documentary directors – winning the Best Director BAFTA TV Award for his Channel 4 series The Force, the Huw Wheldon Award For Specialised Programme or Series for The National Trust (BBC), and having his documentary feature about Julian Assange, Wikileaks: Secrets & Lies, premier at SXSW, before being seen around the world. Forbes believes that documentary is an art form that is as vital, exciting and uplifting as the best drama – a view confirmed by his recent films tracking Britain’s tumultuous exit from the European Union, where everyone involved talks with extraordinary candour about this defining moment of history.

Participating Sessions

Centerpiece Film: The Price of Truth, Director’s Cut

The extraordinary story of a man who risks everything to preserve freedom of speech in Russia. In December 2021 Dmitry Muratov is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He is the editor-in-chief of Russia’s only independent newspaper, Novaya Gazeta. Six of his journalists have been murdered, after their reports displeased the state. In February 2022 Russia invades Ukraine. In early March, using the cover of a documentary film festival, Muratov secretly...