Documentary Research Workshop

Often the hardest part of making a documentary is knowing where to start: how to source information, how to collect it, and how to process it.

In our evening Documentary Research Workshop, director/producer Mark Saunders will draw on the example of either The Truth Lies in Rostock or The Battle of Trafalgar* to demonstrate a range of research strategies and techniques for producing factual investigative programmes, based on his award-winning work with Despite TV and Spectacle.

*Attendees will be given a unique link to watch the selected documentary before the session.

What you will learn on the course

- How to research with and without the internet

- Participatory and crowd research strategies

- Analysing media

- Alternative sources of information

- Notions of the expert

- Analysing and deconstructing official information

- Collecting and using the archive

- Research on camera

- Strategies for interviewing

What have past participants said about us?

“Very ethical and honest approach to documentary research at grassroots level.” - Samantha Lasbury

“Very informative and clear.” - Rachel Cudjie

“Good value, informative and friendly.” - Nick

“De-mystification in general” - Hugo


Suitable for anyone with interest in documentary filmmaking, regardless of their experience level. Particularly useful to aspiring filmmakers, near the start of a project.


4 to 10 participants at each session.


I'm sorry, we don't have any workshops scheduled at the moment. If you're interested in taking the course, please get in touch - we may be able to schedule additional dates if we receive sufficient interest.

You can also look at the dates of all our different courses on our course Calendar




Unit 25 of the Battersea Business Centre, 99-109 Lavender Hill, SW11 5QL.

Detailed travel instructions are included in our FAQs and will be sent to all enrolled participants on booking and a week before the course begins.

Courses can be arranged at our premises, or yours.