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London Symphony

Back in the early 20s, a genre emerged during the era of silent film-making that has largely been ignored ever since. Poetic and experimental documentaries began cropping up in the form of ‘city symphonies’; doing little more o...
 
 
 
 
 
 

I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro begins by telling the audience that shortly before writer James Baldwin’s death, he was planning to embark on a new writing project. The planned work, Remember This House, was to be a tribute to his fallen f...
 
 
 
 
 
 

In Pursuit of Silence

It’s the impeccably crystalline sound design of In Pursuit of Silence, above all else, that leaves you so very acutely aware, upon leaving the cinema, if only for some residual minutes rather than resounding hours, of all...
 
 
 
 
 
 

De Palma

“Anybody who has a career, it’s a miracle”, says Brian De Palma.  De Palma gives a rare insight into a film director that has divided audiences and critics for years. It’s an entertaining chronological journey...
 
 
 
 
 
 

When Two Worlds Collide

When Two Worlds Collide is a film that shines a shockingly bright light into the murky shadows cast by the institutional forces that govern this world. If you thought you knew how things were run and that they were run in a nic...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Killing$ of Tony Blair

Both produced and presented by former MP George Galloway, The Killing$ of Tony Blair was hardly ever going to be an unbiased affair. Galloway, well known for his campaign against the Iraq War, already had the backing of ‘the pe...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sherpa

18th April 2014. Mount Everest. A massive avalanche on the treacherous Khumbu ice fall takes the lives of 13 Sherpa, leaving three more missing under the fallen ice. This film documents the reaction of the eponymous Sherpa and ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Warriors

On the surface an interesting documentary about remote Maasai warriors forming a local cricket team in Kenya, Warriors quickly proves itself to be much more. This band of young men have come together from different tribes from ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Closer We Get

In 2008, filmmaker Karen Guthrie and her mother Ann Guthrie decided to make a documentary about their family. Despite being in Ann’s words ‘rivetingly normal’, they both knew their story was anything but. Weeks later, Ann sadly...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Do You Own The Dancefloor?

Despite closing its doors on the 28th of June back in 1997, Manchester’s iconic club The Haçienda still lives on in many people’s lives. For the current generation, it is just the myth and the legend. Immortalised in books and ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Wolfpack

Reviewing Crystal Moselle’s The Wolfpack should be an uncomplicated business: it’s spectacular, and everyone needs to see it. Haunting and funny and moving and sad and uplifting: name your adjective, it probably applies. But pi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Beyond the Edge

Mountaineering movies certainly peaked with 2003’s startlingly inspirational Touching The Void. Now, utilising dramatic reconstructions and 3D footage with archive clips and real-life testimony, Leanne Pooley ascends Edmund Hil...
 
 
 
 
 
 

My Stuff – Nordic Film Festival

Though Morgan Spurlock made the simple video diary documentary an ironically palatable offering with Super Size Me, several filmmakers starting out have seen the merits of the formula and taken it to their hearts. Can Finnish d...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Leviathan

It’s rare that a trip to the cinema leaves you reeling from the impact of what’s just happened but that’s exactly the effect of Leviathan. It dropkicks the popcorn out of your hands, smashes your mobile phone to the floor and t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Utopia

Justifiably, the holocaust deserves its place in history as one of mankind’s darkest acts. That a similar treatment of Australia’s indigenous Aboriginal population is not held in the same regard by many, either thro...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cutie and the Boxer

Zachary Heinzerling’s charmingly intimate documentary dives inside the world of Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, a Japanese artist couple living in New York. On the surface, a colourful and light-hearted journey through the life and...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hawking

It’s hard to find something bad to say about Stephen Hawking. He is a man who pioneered hugely significant scientific understandings but has also popularised them in society and brought complex physics into the heart of mainstr...
 
 
 
 
 
 

When The Dragon Swallowed The Sun

Seven years in the making, and three years after its completion and subsequent acclaim at festivals worldwide, this long awaited and comprehensive look at the plight of Tibet has faced much controversy and objection from China....
 
 
 
 
 
 

Blackfish

Three years ago, a tragic event claimed the world’s headlines and subsequently raised awareness and countless questions regarding the treatment of sea based mammals and their relationship with man. Released this week, Bla...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Springsteen & I

There are few rock stars who evoke as much emotional response as Bruce Springsteen.  Sure, One Direction may have fans screaming across the globe but you suspect that in five, maybe ten years down the line kids will be asking “...