Documentary

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel – Review

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel – Review

Diana Vreeland is perhaps the perfect subject for first time documentary director Lisa Immordino Vreeland - not least because she is the granddaughter-in-law of the woman in question, but largely due to the fact that she is such an enthralling character to watch on screen. The fashion magazine industry...

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Shut Up and Play the Hits – Review

Shut Up and Play the Hits – Review

At the height of their musical career, 'dance-punk' group LCD Soundsystem disbanded. But not before playing one last show on the 2nd April 2011 at New York's Madison Square Garden. Shut Up and Play the Hits follows frontman James Murphy during the 48 hours surrounding that pivotal performance. Murphy...

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Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet – Review

Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet – Review

Jason Becker was almost certainly set for superstardom as one of the greatest guitar players of all time. From a young age he proved to be incredibly talented and, by the time he was just 20, he'd landed a dream gig replacing Steve Vai in David Lee Roth's band. But then disaster struck. Shortly before...

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Searching for Sugar Man – Review

Searching for Sugar Man – Review

A search for sugar man may sound like something that's been typed into Google, but Searching for Sugar Man tells a fascinating story that begins in that shadowy world before the world wide web even existed. It is made even more remarkable for taking place in a country that was once surrounded by an invisible...

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Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present – Review

Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present – Review

Watching an artist sit doing nothing might not sound particularly compelling. And a documentary about the three-month-long performance art project may certainly seem like a less than thrilling prospect. However, as it turns out, Marina Abramović is no ordinary artist and Matthew Akers' film, Marina Abramović:...

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Ping Pong – Review

Ping Pong – Review

None of us are getting any younger. Indeed, most of us are going to get a lot older than any previous generation ever has. Our ageing population is the focus of Ping Pong, that and table tennis and joie de vivre. The format of this documentary is simple. The film (directed by Hugh Hartford and produced...

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Indie Game: The Movie: The Review

Indie Game: The Movie: The Review

It's difficult, as a gamer, not to get excited about a documentary about videogames, and specifically, the world of indie game development. It's also easy to be disappointed. To be excited for something is to generate an aura of hype around it that will fail to dissipate on the day that you can finally...

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The Story of Film: An Odyssey – DVD Review

The Story of Film: An Odyssey – DVD Review

This Sunday the Sheffield Doc/Fest 2012 draws to a close with a remarkable cinematic experience. There is to be a screening of Mark Cousins' The Story of Film: An Odyssey documentary in its entirety. This is remarkable not only because the film is a very fine one, but also because it runs for an epic,...

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The Libertines: There Are No Innocent Bystanders

The Libertines: There Are No Innocent Bystanders

The notorious indie rock band, The Libertines, reunited at the 2010 Reading and Leeds Festival. There Are No Innocent Bystanders is a behind the scenes documentary from The Libertines' friend and photographer, Roger Sargent, who takes a look at the band's tumultuous history, their undeniable influence on the...

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The House I Live In at Sundance London

The House I Live In at Sundance London

It's no secret that America's War on Drugs hasn't been much of a success, which makes Eugene Jarecki’s eye-opening documentary, The House I Live In, all the more impressive. The rainy Sunday which played host to the final day of Sundance London saw film fans trudge blurry-eyed into this at 11 am,...

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