John Burgan


Film Projects

Public bio

Writer, director, editor & lecturer born in London in 1962, grew up in Hull, East Yorkshire. Read BA (Hons) English Language & Literature at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne 1981-1984, then worked as a picture editor at BBC TV News in London before attending the UK's National Film & TV School from 1989-1992. Based in Berlin, Germany between 1992-2006, working variously as a writer, director, editor and lecturer, then taught documentary at the European Film College, Denmark 2006-8. 2010-15 Senior Lecturer at the University of South Wales. Active member of the CILECT film school network, initiator of the "Teaching Documentary" Symposium in November 2014 & April 2018. Based again in Berlin from 2015, currently Visiting Fellow, University of South Wales and teach filmmaking, mentor & run workshops in Germany, Italy, UK, Denmark, Poland, Turkey, Belgium & Ireland.

Films as writer/director include MEMORY OF BERLIN (ZDF, 1998), part city portrait, part autobiography; BEHIND WORDS (MDR, 2005) about forced migration and ethnic cleansing in 20th century Europe; FRIENDLY ENEMY ALIEN (ZDF, 2006) telling parallel stories of German and Afghan refugees in Australia. Consulting Producer on MEMORIES OF RAIN (2004) about the underground struggle against apartheid in South Africa, screened at the Berlinale Forum. Favourite credit: "Godfather" on CINEMANIA (2002). 2010: POWER & PLACE, a video essay on sustainable energy commissioned by the Centre for Alternative Technology, Powys, Wales. Also in post-production short film BORON MON AMOUR for Autumn 2003: artist-in-residence at the Villa Aurora in Los Angeles. Joined The D-Word in June 2001, became Co-Host in December 2005.

May the force be with you.