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Ghosthunter: behind the scenes

Director Ben Lawrence discusses his feature documentary Ghosthunter: “everything I thought the film was going to be, it was something else entirely.”

Representation, storytelling vs. journalistic approach to documentary, and adult survivors of trauma are all explored within the film.

“The role of a filmmaker in documentaries can often be seen as a journalistic role, and I was always very clear that I wanted to be a storyteller, not a journalist,” Lawrence says.

“We took from the mystery genre. We took aspects from the thriller genre...

“That gave the audience an opportunity to experience something that they might not otherwise engage with.”

Ghosthunter is at Dendy Newtown, Lido and Classic Cinemas now.