‘A warm thank you’, by: Kari Hesthamar (NRK)


“Lovely people.

I am writing to let you know that I am leaving NRK after 17 years in the company, 14 of them in the Radio Documentary department.

I have had a wonderful time and feel enormously privileged, but it was  time for me to make a new step – so simple and so complicated.
I will continue to tell stories, but on TV, and in a different company – TV2.
They have a small department that make very interesting things right now, and where there is a possibility to tell stories, much like I have done at the radio.

I just wanted to say a big thank you, for everything that I have learned from you, for the pieces that have inspired me, the discussions, the laughter and the hugs.
I will really miss being a part of these international meeting points.
But it is a small world, and hopefully our roads will cross again.

Kjetil Saugestad, whom you all know, has for the time being taken over as head of the radio feature department, and the vacant position will be announced within a couple of weeks.
Berit is there, Hege, Kjetil Hansen and Sindre as well – so I am certain that everything will be taken good care of.

Warm regards and all good things.

IFC 2014: A word from René Farabet

René Farabet

“Walter Benjamin said : “An artist makes a work (of art) ; a primative man simply quotes documents.
Do you agree ?
Is a documentary maker “primitive”?
I think not !

A documentary is not just a collection of documents.
Its function is not just to present facts and events … nor to reproduce the world around, like a “ready-made“.

It has no pedagogical function, is not a teaching aid. ..
In 1944 at the Rueil Palace cinema (near Paris) a group of school children (among them the future author Raymond Queneau) were always obliged to sit through a documentary (generally about sardine fishing or something of that ilk) before they got to see the real film.
Queneau’s conclusion: Les gosses, ça les emmerde, le docucu… et comment !  (Documentaries piss kids off.)

Making a documentary is an act of creation.
A documentary reflects, re-presents reality…
But, even more important : a documentary scans reality… questions reality… interrogates reality,..

One last quotation.
The french philosopher, Gilles Deleuze: “Art is not intended to inform… it is way of combatting death.”

A documentary is an opportunity for the author to stay alive… and for the listener to keep breathing.

Long life to you all “

‘RadioDoc Review’ (RDR) – by: Siobhan McHugh

Siobhan McHugh

“Fellow-Feature Makers and Audio Connoisseurs, please visit RadioDoc Review, a new open access online journal which offers in-depth critiques and expert analysis of excellent audio documentaries and features from around the world, chosen by our international editorial board, made up of eminent producers, scholars and broadcast industry folk.

Some reviewers and/or authors will be familiar to IFC members: Pejk Malinovski, Jens Jarisch, Sharon Davis, Alan Hall, Kari Hesthamar, Virginia Madsen, Sean Street, Michelle Rayner and more…

check us out at the link below and do join the conversation. http://ro.uow.edu.au/rdr/

Best wishes, “

Siobhan McHugh,
Founding Editor, RadioDoc Review, Australia
(and IFC presenter 2014 – I greatly enjoyed meeting kindred spirits old and new!)

‘Cultural Radio’ – by: Virginia Madsen

“The traditional cultural “rich mix” variety of public service broadcasting (PSB) dating from the 1930s and 40s, did not disappear with television or even with media convergence, and is certainly not dying as many commentators or even those within radio organisations might have expected as little as 15 years ago.

Uniquely in terms of the medium, this model of radio offers the curious listener (not defined as an elite) an entry point and a space for listening, exploration and participation within what we might still describe as the public sphere…”

Just published in ‘The Conversation‘ online.

Dr Virginia Madsen
Convenor (Radio)
Senior Lecturer Media, Music, International Communications
Dept. of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies
Faculty of Arts, Y3A, 191J
Macquarie University. NSW 2109