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A Glitch in the Matrix

Rodney Ascher is quickly becoming one of our finest documentary filmmakers, bringing an almost auteur vision to the format. Whether he is bringing things that go bump in the night to life in The Nightmare, exploring the hidden ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stray

Elizabeth Lo’s feature-length documentary debut Stray is one of the most deceptively simple films of recent years.  Over a brief 72 minutes, the beautiful film takes us on a quiet and meditative journey to the streets of Istanb...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Michael Palin: Travels of a Lifetime

Sir Michael Palin is a national treasure. As a core member and writer of the Monty Python comedy group, he appeared in some of the most iconic skits of all time – including The Fish-Slapping Dance and the Dead Parrot sketch. Bu...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story

Originally launching on Netflix in the summer of 2019, Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story is a difficult film to explain. The pseudo-documentary from Martin Scorsese covering Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue tour of 1975...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Robin’s Wish

For many the name Robin Williams strikes a warm, familiar chord. Movies like Mrs Doubtfire, Jumanji, Hook, and Aladdin undoubtably sit fondly in many people’s memory banks, his ability to induce laughter a reliable pick-me-up W...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Two Takes by William Greaves

Described as a ‘documentary documenting a documentary about a documentary’, 1968’s Symbiopsychotaxiplasm (later subtitled Take One upon the creation of the film’s sequel in 2005) by pioneer filmmaker William Greaves is one of t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan

As we enter December and our ears begin to be assaulted by an onslaught of perennial festive tunes, what better time than now to enter the world of The Pogues’ Shane MacGowan? Known to many as one half of the iconic (and now co...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Agents are Forever

Following the recent passing of Bond legend Sean Connery, Agents are Forever acts as something of an unexpected tribute to the beloved star. While it was recorded long before the passing of the icon, the timeliness of its home ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Finding Jack Charlton

Following the news that ’66 World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst stated he would donate his brain to science after research linked heading footballs to dementia, Gabriel Clarke and Pete Thomas’ poignant documentary Finding Jack Cha...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Rise of the Synths

In the past decade, what started as an underground movement on MySpace has grown exponentially into a major scene with increasing mainstream visibility thanks to film and television like Drive and Stranger Things. That movement...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Times of Harvey Milk

A true twentieth-century trailblazer, Harvey Milk was immortalised to modern audiences in Gus Van Sant’s Milk, starring Sean Penn in an Academy Award-winning performance as the iconic activist and politician. But many people’s ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friedkin Uncut

With just three films from his incredible filmography, William Friedkin secured his legacy as one of the finest directors in the history of American cinema. In the 1970s, Friedkin gave the world The French Connection, The Exorc...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Brothers in Arms: The Making of Platoon

Oliver Stone’s Platoon is one of the most iconic war movies ever made, and like Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam epic Apocalypse Now, had a rather troubled history. Director Paul Sanchez has tried to recreate the success of the a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Great Buster: A Celebration

Joseph Frank Keaton, known to millions as Buster, is one of the most influential pioneers in the history of cinema – and yet there will be many out there who don’t even know who he is. This wonderful documentary from celebrated...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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....