In recent years, Broomfield has applied his skills to dramatic features based on current events. His latest film, Battle for Haditha, debuts in the U.K. tomorrow and dramatizes the events leading up to November 19, 2005 shooting of 24 Iraqi civilians by U.S. marines. Previously, Broomfield had directed the Channel 4 drama Ghosts, about the 2004 drowning of two dozen Chinese immigrant cockle pickers at Morecambe Bay in North West England.
"Nick brings a very inquisitive and inquiring mind to everything he does," says Gorgeous M.D. Paul Rothwell. "I have more respect for his work than I do for most filmmakers in the last ten years."
Broomfield is not completely new to spots. In 1999, he directed in a series of spots for the VW Passat, in which he also appeared holding his sound boom, investigating rumors about the new car. But today, he plans to reach beyond his trademark documentary style.
"Now he's more of a filmmaker than just a documentary maker," says Rothwell. "Because of that commercials have started appealing to him more."