In the early noughties, he started to experiment with a different kind of film-making, what he calls “direct cinema”, also known as “enhanced reality”, where non-actors play themselves in scripted dialogue. This was his approach in Battle for Haditha (2007) , about insurgents and US Marines in Iraq, and Ghosts (2006) , a film for Channel 4 about the Morecambe Bay cockling tragedy. He says rather regretfully that when it comes to commissioning dramas or documentaries, the focus has shifted back to more traditional forms of storytelling.
The film follows her from China to the United Kingdom where she gets a job in a meat-packing factory. It reveals that the UK's food industry is heavily dependent on underpaid, exploited migrant labour. "Massage" (. sex work) is offered as a profitable alternative, but she resists this. She finds herself dependent on a " gangmaster ", who, however, is only one step up himself and needs to bribe richer contractors to get even badly paid work. His position and that of the group is deteriorating, and it is in some desperation that they turn to cockle -picking at Morecambe Bay .