Kate Blewett and Brian Woods | Co-directors of The Dying Rooms


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Welcome to The Doc Exchange: A Real Stories Podcast, where your favourite non-fiction filmmakers reveal the documentaries that have had a lasting impact on their lives and careers.

This week, June Jennings is joined by Brian Woods and Kate Blewett for a special episode reflecting on the 25th anniversary of their award-winning Channel 4 documentary The Dying Rooms. Discover how they got extraordinary access to make their groundbreaking film, how the stakes were raised when they made Return to the Dying Rooms, and how documentaries like One Child Nation have sustained and elevated the conversation around China’s One Child Policy.



The Dying Rooms (1995, Kate Blewett, Brian Woods) Watch on Real Stories from Saturday 12 December

Return to the Dying Rooms (1996, Kate Blewett, Brian Woods)

One Child Nation (2019, Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang) Watch on Prime Video in the US


The Doc Exchange: A Real Stories Podcast is a Little Dot Studios production in partnership with The Grierson Trust.

Hosted by June Jennings

Produced by Nicole Davis and Annie Hughes

Executive produced by Paul Woolf

Music by Dusty Decks

Edited by Content is Queen

Artwork by Nash Kasic

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