McCullin (3 stars)


Straight up documentary about legendary war photographer Don McCullin

Sometimes a fascinating subject matter is enough in itself to carry a documentary, as is the case in McCullin, a film by Jacqui and David Morris about the British war photographer Don McCullin.

Growing up in the impoverished neighbourhood of Finsbury Park in North London, McCullin found his escape through photography, initially capturing local gangs and sending the prints to the broadsheets for publication. He was successfully taken on by The Sunday Times in the mid-1960s as their overseas correspondant and would go on to become one of Britain’s most famous and respected war photographers, reporting from Cyprus, Biafra, Northern Ireland, Lebanon and Vietnam. (Cinephiles note: he also took the photographs of Maryon Park which appear in Michelangelo Antonioni’s London-set Blow-Up.)

Much of this documentary is made up of interviews with McCullin himself, revealing a thoughtful and intelligent man who makes no attempt to glamorise his work. His insights into the situations he has experienced are deeply moving and it’s this compassion and integrity which comes through in his remarkable photographs.

This is pretty straight up documentary making but for fans of McCullin and those interested in photography in general, it’s recommended viewing.

Selected release from Wed 2 Jan.

McCullin Trailer


  • 3 stars
  • 2013
  • UK
  • 1h 35min
  • 15
  • Directed by: David Morris/Jacqui Morris
  • Cast: Don McCullin
  • UK release: 1 January 2013

This documentary focuses on the work of British photographer Don McCullin whose work in Vietnam, Cyprus and Lebanon has produced some of the defining images of war.