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Dogging Tales 2013

Minnow Films for Channel 4  

1 x 75 minutes
Minnow Films for Channel 4

Why do some men and women feel the need to go out and have sex with strangers in public areas under the cover of darkness? Directed and filmed by Leo Maguire, Dogging Tales uncovers the secretive subculture of dogging, exploring this peculiarly British use of the countryside through a series of compelling, humorous and tragic stories told by the doggers themselves.

The film delves into the physical and psychological motivations and discovers laybys and clearings where people search for a connection with others. The result is a surprisingly beautiful and truly original portrait of animalistic activity in the woods.

Against all expectations — not of the film-maker, but his subject — the True Stories film Dogging Tales proved to be one of the documentaries of the year so far. It would have been easy to make it sneery and tempting to film this sexual subculture voyeuristically, but Leo Maguire, who made Gypsy Blood last year, instead produced an account that was in turns funny, touching, sad and, occasionally, I am sure to those who have considered the option, inspiring
The Times

This eye-popping documentary has gained the trust of season “doggers”, all disguised beneath animal masks. “undertakers, vicars, solicitors, weirdos… we get the lot,” says Les from beneath his owl mask, while a lorry driver estimates that 70 per cent of truckers are at it
The Independent

Director Leo Maguire simply allows these characters to speak for themselves, in a film that is certainly not judgemental but is also tinged with sadness as we discover the emotional needs that have driven them to their lifestyle
The Daily Mail

Dogging Tales

Nominated for

RTS Single Documentary  

Single Documentary

Grierson: Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme – Domestic   Grierson
Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme – Domestic
Broadcast Awards: Best Documentary Programme   Broadcast Awards
Best Documentary Programme
Broadcasting Press Guild Best Single Documentary   Broadcasting
Press Guild

Best Single Documentary
The Televisual Bulldog Award
Documentary Single  

The Televisual Bulldog Award
Documentary Single


Filmed, Produced and Directed by
Leo Maguire
Joby Gee
Executive Producer
Morgan Matthews
Head of Production
Clare Voyce
Francis Longhurst
Jack Ketch