HERB DI GIOIA:

ANNA GRIMSHAW

Herb Di Gioia is a key figure in the tradition of observational cinema. The films that he made with David Hancock in the early 1970s laid the foundations for a different kind of observational documentary than one identified with the more well-known work of David and Judith MacDougall. Following Hancock's untimely death, Di Gioia channeled most of his energies into teaching. He was a central figure in Britain's National Film and Television School, training anthropologists in filmmaking techniques and fostering ethnographic sensibilities among filmmaking students—most notably Molly Dineen. Despite the importance of Di Gioia's film work and his enormous influence as a teacher, his contribution has been largely overlooked in histories and accounts of ethnographic cinema. This conversation offers an introduction to Di Gioia's work and to his unique approach as a teacher.