Documentary

Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir – review

Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir – review

Sometimes it can feel like there are two Roman Polanskis. The first is a highly accomplished, award winning and sensitive film maker, the other is a rapist and fugitive from justice. The truth is always more complex. Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir gives us a glimpse at the man's life with all its...

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Beyond The Edge – review

Beyond The Edge – review

The conquest Mount Everest by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary is probably the best known mountaineering event of all time. Still, most of us are probably ignorant about the ice-encrusted details of that historic event. Kiwi director Leanne Pooley's film Beyond the Edge reveals exactly what was...

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Next Goal Wins – Review

Next Goal Wins – Review

It's a sad fact about sport that there have to be losers. The good news is that it's the taking part that counts. Or so we tell ourselves. The unbelievably moving Next Goal Wins follows a football team that learns this lesson the hard way. Some teams have to contend with a lot more losing than others...

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Digging for Victory – Review

Digging for Victory – Review

A driving passion, in-depth knowledge and perhaps a little eccentricity are key to success for a fruitful allotment, and very often for an engaging documentary too. So the Capel St Mary Allotment Association should be an ideal subject matter for a film even if you don't know your horticultural...

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A Vicious Circle: The Square – Review

A Vicious Circle: The Square – Review

I’m going to start this review by voicing the reason parts of The Square were difficult to understand. It’s a niggle that I hope is fixed before release. The subtitles in this film are constantly in white, with no black outline on the letters themselves. This means that whenever the screen is white underneath...

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How to Make Money Selling Drugs – review

How to Make Money Selling Drugs – review

If there’s ever going to be a fairly bold concept for a documentary, it’s one that will detail exactly what you need to do to go from hawking drugs on the street to becoming the leader of a cartel. Amazingly, this film exists, and it’s called How to Make Money Selling Drugs. At first, you’d be forgiven...

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Jaywick Escapes – Review

Jaywick Escapes – Review

Possibly Essex isn't the first place you would think of in a list of the most deprived places in Britain. Nor is it a county that is commonly thought of in the most beautiful places in the UK. These extremes are found side by side in the small seaside town of Jaywick. In 2010 the town was rated as the...

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Rise, rise! Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer – Review

Rise, rise! Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer – Review

I like documentaries because I feel like I emerge afterwards more educated than I was when I went in. For that reason, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer is essential viewing. Pussy Riot are a three-woman feminist punk band, and also a political movement. Arrested in 2012 for a vocal protest in Moscow, one of them...

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Dirty Wars – Review

Dirty Wars – Review

The last ten years have possibly been an incredibly fertile period for political documentaries. This trend continues with Jeremy Scahill and Richard Rowley's new film Dirty Wars which looks at the continuing brutal impact of the ongoing War on Terror. Considering President Obama has sought to distance...

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Full of Soul: Muscle Shoals – Review

Full of Soul: Muscle Shoals – Review

Muscle Shoals is a name I wasn’t familiar with before I heard of this documentary. By the time the credits rolled I knew it was one of the most important locations in musical history. Documentaries, quite often, are engaging, emotional experiences because of the people in them. What they go through, what...

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