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Realscreen’s year-end survey: Charlie Phillips, The Guardian

As the year draws to a close, realscreen has quizzed figures from across the factual spectrum for their 2014 highlights, lowlights, reflections and future aspirations. Here, The Guardian's head of documentaries Charlie Phillips (pictured) offers his thoughts.
December 19, 2014

As the year draws to a close, realscreen has quizzed figures from across the factual spectrum for their 2014 highlights, lowlights, reflections and future aspirations. Here, The Guardian’s head of documentaries Charlie Phillips (pictured) offers his thoughts.

My favorite documentary of the past year was:

20,000 Days on Earth

I never thought they’d make a program about:

Why poor people should be made fun of (AKA Benefits Street).

The program/series/doc people will still be talking about five years from now is:

Citizenfour

In 18 months, no one will be talking about:

Festival premiere rules.

The most positive development in the non-fiction content industry in 2014 was:

More non-TV funding options.

The most troubling development in the non-fiction content industry in 2014 was:

The continuing lack of equal numbers of women on- and off-screen.

The idea I wish I thought of from this past year was:

The Grayson Perry series [Who Are You?] on Channel 4.

The idea I’m most glad that I had this year was:

Starting my new job (although I also loved the last one).

If 2014 taught me one thing, it was:

People always moan about new things.

The buzzword I don’t want to hear in 2015:

“Buzzword.”

My New Year’s resolution for 2015 is:

Write my vegan blog more.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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