"For the past 25 years, I've worked as a documentary cinematographer. I originally shot the following footage for other films, but here I ask you to see it as my memoir. These are the images that have marked me and leave me wondering still." - This is how Cameraperson opens.

Kirsten Johnson has been there; she's herded sheep with a rancher in Bosnia, profiled an open division boxer in Brooklyn and followed the day of a Nigerian midwife. These are only a few of the situations that the veteran camerawoman has experienced. They range from the emotional to the glorious; from high to low as we see intimate glimpses into the meticulous world of the perfect shot.

Cameraperson is not an easy watch but not for reasons that you may find yourself believing prior to sitting down with us at Central Docs Club. It's true that Kirsten takes us to areas of the world where atrocities have occurred. We see the overgrown Camp X-Ray where prisoners were abused and illegally interrogated; Motel Miljenvina where Serbian soldiers planned and orchestrated mass rapes during the Bosnia war. Each scene is subtle; it evokes emotions depending on how you read it. It's a film that leaves it all up to you, and it's this that can make Cameraperson a hard watch. Matt Zoller Seitz describes this perfectly in the opening paragraph of his review:

"The movie never comes to you; you always have to go to it."

Matt's right. The film is tough; there are times where you're left wondering if the film is going to 'take off'. If you're expecting a narrative that drives you forward to a conclusion of the directors own creation, then drop that mindset as Cameraperson is not the film you are looking for. Cameraperson is the film equivalent of spending a day at the Tate Modern and taking your own conclusions from the art on display. Every perception will be different and personal. As the opening comment states, each image left a mark on Kristen Johnson and each will leave a mark on you.

On the 30th January, join us at Central Docs Club and create your own interpretation of Kirsten Johnson's memoirs. We'll be looking forward to hearing them during the Q&A after the screening.