Redford: Documentaries trumping newspapers for 'truth'
According to Robert Redford, people like The Cricket should get away from the keyboard and pick up a camera.
In an interview with the BBC's Will Gompertz, in advance of the inaugural Sundance London festival in April, Redford opined that newspaper standard are in "steep decline" and that documentaries "are probably a better form of truth."
One of Redford's most iconic roles was that of a determined reporter the Washington Post's Bob Woodward in "All the President's Men" at a period, Redford said, "when journalism had reached an apex of morality and professionalism."
Things have changed, Redford said:
"I think it's pretty obvious it's declined since then - but I didn't imagine at the time that it would decline so steeply and drastically, that the rules that governed journalism - like you had to get two sources to go on record before you could quote them - would be gone. The tools of responsibility were dismissed in favour of the quick scoop. I think that has damaged journalism. The people in my country wonder, 'Where do you get the truth?' "
One source, Redford believes, is documentary film and the Sundance London festival is screening several documentaries that played at this year's Sundance Film Festival in Park City. Redford continues:
"One of the films we're bringing to London is called 'Chasing Ice' and it's a film that was made over years, documenting the reduction of ice caps, documenting how climate change is affecting the natural ecosystem of the earth. It's really powerful and, I think, indisputable. If you make a documentary that has hard evidence, that is of value to an audience. Even though there are a lot of deniers in our political system - which is insane."