May 20, 1970
I try not to be too judgmental.
I'm not that comfortable doing polemic or being strident.
I'm not necessarily scanning for clues when I make documentaries.
Reflecting the truth sounds easy, but sometimes it's not.
I've discovered I am quite a puritanical person.
I was always attracted and repelled by the idea of being a writer.
The trouble is, I just don't know if I'm too human or not human enough.
I tell people I live in Harlesden in north-west London, and I can see them thinking, 'Why do you live there?'
I think everybody carries a slight sense of being different, and I know that it comes very naturally to me.
It is important to note that most of the patients in Ohio's mental health facilities have never committed crimes. They are institutionalised because they have lost touch with reality and are having problems functioning unaided in the community.
There have been times when I've felt inappropriately emotional. I remember making 'The Most Hated Family in America' about the Westboro Baptist Church, and being on the way to a funeral of a U.S. soldier with the Phelps family; they were going to picket the funeral.
In my normal way of doing things, there's a little bit of 'going native' that takes place, where you're in a world long enough, you can't really help but start to see things in a nuanced, more humanistic way. Just because you're with people and you start to, in general, slightly like the people you're with.