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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....
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...