Marc Isaacs has been making documentary films since 2001. His documentary cinema is often space-based, insofar as it finds its raison d’être in precise places, whose real and metaphoric values it simultaneously represents, foregrounds and contests. Far from being strictly observational, Isaacs’s method is based on the director’s presence in situ and on his personal interaction with his social actors. His camera is not invisible, but sometimes appears in the frame, and is regularly addressed by the subjects via both gaze and speech; often, Isaacs’s voice is heard asking questions from the off-screen; and his films convey an auteurist approach which eloquently foregrounds both style and apparatus.
The Road: A Story of Life and Death, 2012