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Victoria Mapplebeck

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My guest this week is multi-platform artist, and BAFTA winning producer and director Professor Victoria Mapplebeck.

For the last two decades, Victoria has experimented with the frontiers of documentary and creative technology, focusing on telling stories in small intimate spaces.

Her first smartphone short 160 Characters won Best Documentary at the 2017 Short of the Week Film Awards. Her follow up doc Missed Call, filmed on an IPhone X, picked up a BAFTA and a Broadcast Digital Award.

In 2019, The Waiting Room - a VR project that captured her experience of breast cancer from diagnosis to recovery won the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling.

During the podcast we discuss the highs and lows of making autobiographical work, finding the perfect editor, and the importance of humility when making documentary films.

We also explore the evolution of texting, the power of voice mails and how best to bring both forms of communication to life on screen.