Leslie Woodhead

James Leslie John Woodhead, OBE (born 1937) is a British documentary filmmaker.

For his National Service commencing in 1956, he served in Fife at the Joint Services School for Linguists where he was taught Russian. He was posted to West Berlin to monitor the communications of Soviet pilots flying in and out of East Germany. "The experience I've come to realise since that it shaped my continuing obsession with what was going on in eastern Europe and particularly the Iron Curtain at that time."

As a young filmmaker, he was assigned to film a new rock 'n' roll band called The Beatles, playing at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. Woodhead first made his name as a reporter for Granada Television's flagship current affairs series ''World in Action''. He remained with Granada for 28 years. Woodhead was among the first exponents of docudrama, a format which allowed him to explore daily life of those "behind the wall" during the Cold War, when journalists had little direct access. Among these were his films ''Invasion'', about Soviet invasion and the Prague Spring of 1968, and ''Strike'' which deals with the rise of Solidarność in Poland. In 1999 his documentary film ''A Cry From The Grave'', which documents, hour by hour, the atrocities of the Srebrenica massacre, won awards at four film festivals.

Woodhead went freelance in 1989. Since then, he has made a number of films for BBC's ''Storyville'' and ''Arena'' series – among them ''My Life as a Spy'', ''Star Wars Dreams'' (a history of the American missile defence program). He has also worked with the Sundance channel, making ''Godless in America'', a documentary about the life of Madalyn Murray O'Hair who founded American Atheists and successfully campaigned for the separation of church and state. He was appointed an OBE for services to television in 1994. In 2006, he was nominated for an Emmy for his HBO documentary ''Children of Beslan'' about the Beslan school hostage crisis. Provided by Wikipedia
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    by Singer, André, 1945-
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    Published 1991
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    Published 1974
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    Published 1991
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    Published 1987
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    Published 1982
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    Published 1987
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    Published 1985
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    Published 1988
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    Published 1977
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