The man who has produced documentaries of figures such as Margaret Thatcher and Kurt Cobain will be in Birmingham this week to share his tricks of the trade.

Film-maker Nick Broomfield will be guest speaker at this month's Creative Networks event this Thursday, which is organised by Birmingham City University's Technology Innovation Centre (TIC).

Mr Broomfield's most famous documentaries include his failed attempts to interview the former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, as well as investigations into the deaths of the former Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain, and rappers Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur.

His documentary subjects have also included Heidi Fleiss, the infamous 'Hollywood Madam' and the harrowing story of American serial killer Aileen Wuornos.

Mr Broomfield rose to prominence with the 1971 documentary on urban redevelopment in Liverpool, Who Cares.

The film was used as evidence by the Royal Commission for Slum Clearance and Re-housing, resulting in a reassessment of government policy.

By 1981, working alongside his longtime collaborator, Joan Churchill, Nick received his first BAFTA award for the film Soldier Girls.

Highlighting the unforgiving nature of military life, the film saw the pair study female US Army recruits, by joining their 14-week basic training programme.

Already an established and acclaimed film-maker, a major turning point in his career was the 1988 film Driving Me Crazy.

Following an attempt to stage a musical, the film was described as 'going so badly wrong' that he decided to put himself into the story, to see if he could help make sense of it.

Mr Broomfield originally studied politics and law, before enrolling at the National Film and Television School.

Explaining his move into film-making at the recent launch of his latest film, Battle for Haditha, he said: "It's just because I am a curious person and it's a great excuse to ask questions and to enter worlds you don't know".

In 2006 he gained another BAFTA for his contribution to the documentary genre.

Battle for Haditha was released in cinemas this month and focuses on the bloody aftermath of a rebel bombing in Iraq. Filmed on location in Jordan, real Iraqi civilians and former US Marines were used in the cast.

The event starts at 5pm and is free and open to all creative companies and free-lancers in the West Midlands.

Anyone interested in attending should contact Creative Networks Co-ordinator Scarlet Scardanelli on 0121 331 5400 or e-mail