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Rob Lemkin (United Kingdom)

Rob Lemkin is a British filmmaker and independent documentarist. He has produced and directed over 50 documentaries and programmes for BBC, Channel 4, or ITV. His most recent cinema documentary, African Apocalypse – a non-fiction retelling of Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’ - premiered at the London Film Festival in October 2020 and was broadcast on BBC2 in May 2021. His previous feature, Enemies of the People (2010) was a ground-breaking account of the Killing Fields of Cambodia which he wrote, directed, photographed and produced. One of the most lauded documentary features of recent years, it won many international awards including Special Jury Prize at Sundance, Best Documentary BIFA and 2012 Emmy for Investigative Documentary. It was nominated for Best Screenplay at the Writers Guild of America awards and shortlisted for the 2011 Academy Award. He is the founder of Old Street Films and from 1999 to 2006 ran Channel 4’s Independent Investigations Unit which won 5 Royal Television Society Awards and a BAFTA. Other work includes music films with Nina Simone, Curtis Mayfield, Bobby Womack and Chet Baker and art installations including ‘I was A Soldier’ and ‘Black & White Trio’.


  • African Apocalypse
  • Enemies of the People
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