Sean McAllister (United Kingdom)

Sean McAllister is an award-winning documentary filmmaker celebrated as one of the UK’s most exciting talents. From his early films Working for the Enemy (1997) and Minders (1998), both nominated for a Royal Television Society Awards, to his more recent successes, Sundance Jury Prize-winning Liberace of Baghdad (2004) and Japan: A Story of Love and Hate (2008), Sean’s work continues to inspire, surprise and fascinate audiences. His films portray, with characteristic intimacy and frankness, people from different parts of the world who are struggling to survive but are survivors, caught up in political and personal conflict, trying to make sense of the world we live in. His most recent feature The Reluctant Revolutionary (2012) about a Yemeni tour guide turned revolutionary opened the Panorama Dokumente at the 62nd Berlinale.


Hessle Road (20', UK, 1988)
Toxic Waste (10', UK, 1988)
Flyindales (20', UK, 1988)
A Passing Thought (3', UK, 1989)
The Season (40', UK, 1990)
Crematorium (10', UK, 1993)
Life with Brian (20', UK, 1994) Hitting 30 (40', UK, 1995)
Just People (60', UK, 1995)
Shoot out in Swansea (65', UK, 1997)
Working for the Enemy (65', UK, 1997)
The Minders (50', UK, 1998)
Settlers (65', UK, 2000)
Hull's Angel (50', UK, 2002)
The Liberace of Baghdad (70', UK, 2004)
Japan: A Story of Love and Hate (110', UK/Japan, 2008)
The Reluctant Revolutionary (70', UK, 2012)

Doc Alliance Members

Doc Alliance is a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.