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Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

When it comes to music legends, they don’t come much cooler than Miles Davis. Among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th century music, Davis was long overdue for a comprehensive documentar...
 
 
 
 
 
 

INXS: Live Baby Live

In July 1991, Australian rock band INXS hit a career milestone when they headlined Wembley Stadium to a sold-out crowd of over 73,000 fans. Filmed with 17 35mm cameras, this phenomenal masterclass in showmanship and musicianshi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

You Don’t Nomi

In 1995, infamous director Paul Verhoeven unleashed the tale of Nomi Malone on the world in his notorious erotic drama Showgirls. Met with near-universal derision from critics and audiences alike, the film looked like it was de...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Seven Worlds, One Planet

Millions of years ago huge forces ripped apart the Earth’s crust creating seven spectacular continents. Over time, each of these continents developed its own remarkable wildlife and it’s this theme of seven worlds one planet th...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story

Being Frank tells the bitter-sweet story of Chris Sievey—a musician, artist, comedian, who spent his life dreaming of having just enough fame to ensure he could do things his own way. Steve Sullivan’s funny and moving BIFA-nomi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Supersonic

Watching Oasis documentary Supersonic something very sad begins to dawn. It forces you to look at the current musicians that capture the ideals of youth culture and you realise that rock stars are a dying, if not a dead, breed....
 
 
 
 
 
 

Love Bite

From serious exposes to the sort of fatuous fodder that would once have filled-up late night TV schedules, documentaries are suddenly hot news – winning festival awards celebrity backers. All of which makes Love Bites eve...
 
 
 
 
 
 

I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story

You’ve probably seen Caroll Spinney’s body of work even if you aren’t too sure what he looks like, for Caroll Spinney is Big Bird, Sesame Street’s most lovable (pre-Elmo, that is) character, and indeed has been since 1969. That...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Drone

Often known by such euphemistic monikers as ‘Unmanned Aerial Vehicle’ (UAV) and ‘Remotely Piloted Aircraft’ (RPA), drones are rapidly emerging as the iconic representation of 21st Century state power. First developed by the Ame...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dreamcatcher

Kim Longinotto is one of Britain’s most under-appreciated documentarians. A graduate of the National Film and Television School in Buckinghamshire, she began her career in 1976 with a documentary about her old school. In a care...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Decent One

At the end of World War II, advancing American forces came upon the home of Heinrich Himmler, one-time head of the SS and architect of the so-called ‘Final Solution’ that industrialised the systematic eradication of Europe’s Je...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Life Itself

There is something bizarrely meta about reviewing Life Itself, a film about one of cinema’s most outspoken and respected film critics. Because in charting the fascinating life of Roger Ebert, and in turn his love affair with fi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Manakamana

The late mountaineer Anatoli Boukreev (he died during an avalanche while climbing in Nepal) once said, ‘Mountains are the cathedral where I practice my religion’. In Manakamana, these two elements blend into one sop...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Overnighters

Sit down to watch an American film and chances are that, even if said film is supposed to revolve around a ‘normal family’, the characters will own a vast and immaculately decorated home. Switch on the TV to watch an American s...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Search For Weng Weng

We are so used to on-demand titles, IMDb and such that it’s easy to forget that we didn’t used to have all the answers to hand. Back in the day, when you wanted to find out about an obscure film, it was a quest, you had to work...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hockney

Documentary film-making can take many forms and embrace many different sets of values. Some documentaries aim to give you the truth while others feed you a line but the one universal value underpinning all documentary film shou...
 
 
 
 
 
 

We Are The Giant

When we watch the news or read stories about conflicts happening across the world, it can be easy to think about the overall picture, or to look purely at numbers and outcomes without seeing the individuals that are directly af...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Finding Vivian Maier

It’s amazing what you can find in car boot sales, auctions and attics – sometimes, among the gnarly Toby jugs and cracked candlesticks, there’s a box full of delights. In 2007 John Maloof found such a box at an auction house in...
 
 
 
 
 
 

20,000 Days On Earth

Of all Australia’s sons and daughters to have found spiritual acceptance in the mother country Nick Cave, star and focus of the fascinating documentary 20,000 Days on Earth, is perhaps the most unexpected. The musician wh...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

Mike Myers and Beth Aala’s debut feature charts the remarkable career of one of the music industry’s most influential and beloved characters and perhaps the most famous person you’ve never heard of, Hollywood agent Shep Gordon....