About

BBC trained in Documentary Filmmaking through the National Film and Television School (NFTS) and, in Photojournalism, at the SPEOS International Photographic Institute in Paris, Rupert's work ranges from video journalism and documentary film to reportage and portraiture and covers local, regional, national and international stories ranging from wildlife conservation to access to justice.

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As a lawyer for over 20 years Rupert worked in both civil and criminal justice. And his environmental work was done at a time when there were few genuine activist environmental lawyers around in the UK. As one of the first tranche of lawyers to be awarded a Masters in Environmental Law in the early 1990's Rupert became a referral advisor for the Environmental Law Foundation and advised a range of environmental groups including Friends of the Earth and Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) as well as individuals affected by environmental pollution and unsustainable development. As a criminal lawyer Rupert became increasingly interested in Legal Aid and Access to Justice - or the lack of it.  

His film and photography are informed by these and other social justice and environmental issues. 


Documentaries that have influenced me…

14 Days in May - The 1980’s documentary that woke me up, first to become a lawyer and subsequently a documentary filmmaker.

The Last Gardener of Aleppo - A short documentary piece for Channel 4 by a filmmaker trapped in Aleppo.

For me, both pieces show that it’s not about fancy camera work or cinematic effects. It’s about access - to the people and their stories that we simply don’t know about or don’t want to know about. The people we don’t understand or don’t want to understand. Our job is to shed some light where there is none.

Rupert Bedford