Documentary

Urbanized – Review

Urbanized – Review

Like a Bombay slum is filled with people, Urbanized is crammed with ideas. And like the 'temporary settlements' in Bombay (or Mumbai if you prefer), these jostling ideas all seem to come together for their, and certainly our, mutual benefit. The rise of urban living is arguably the defining...

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Gurn with the flow: Don’t Think – The Chemical Brothers live – review

Gurn with the flow: Don’t Think – The Chemical Brothers live – review

Don't Think takes us on a trip to the pulsing heart of a Chemical Brothers gig. The beats are big, the visuals trippy and the crowd zonked. Considering the band don't go in for old school rock 'n' roll style theatrics, it does very well to keep the attention. Like most dance acts, the duo spend most of...

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Sir David Attenborough narrates The Penguin King – Review

Sir David Attenborough narrates The Penguin King – Review

Have you ever wondered how a king penguin spends its life? Well, with The Penguin King 3D, from the same team that produced the BAFTA-winning Flying Monsters 3D, Sir David Attenborough answers this question in a spectacularly educational-yet-fun penguin story. Previewed as part of the BAFTA screening series of...

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The Magic Trip – Review

The Magic Trip – Review

We all know about the Sixties: the Beatles and the Stones, Vietnam, Warhol, JFK and the Pill... and pills, tabs, Camberwell Carrots, powders and any number of other highs. Somewhere amidst this tumult strode Ken Kesey, the charismatic hero of The Magic Trip, the new documentary from Oscar-winning director Alex...

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L’amour fou – Review

L’amour fou – Review

L'amour fou is a poignant and sensitively delivered account of the life of legendary fashion designer, Yves Saint-Laurent. Saint-Laurent lived a life of intrigue - and one which will not be of interest to fashion-lovers alone. His rise to fame within the fashion industry was heavily supported and...

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Programming the-VISITTFRDAILY-Nation review

Programming the-VISITTFRDAILY-Nation review

I really enjoy documentaries, and not too long ago I started reading about hidden imagery in Disney animations. Sounds like an odd combo? I'd found out about writer and director Jeff Warrick's documentary on subliminal messages, and was curious, to say the least. The topic of hidden propaganda in popular media is...

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Cane Toads: The Conquest 3D

Cane Toads: The Conquest 3D

In 1988 film-maker Mark Lewis made a 47 minute documentary, Cane Toads: An Unnatural History, that traced the successful career of the Cane Toad in Australia. The film became a ‘student and teacher favourite’ in schools and colleges across the country. Lewis has now updated his earlier project with a longer,...

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The Way of the Morris – Review

The Way of the Morris – Review

No other country has such disdain for its folk dancing traditions as England. In The Way of the Morris film-maker Tim Plester tries to find out what exactly Morris dancing is all about, both for the English and himself, and why it's such a neglected art. On St Patrick's and on St Andrew's days...

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Jig – DVD Review

Jig – DVD Review

If you read most newspapers you'll get the impression that the young people of Great Britain are seriously off the rails. Jig is a documentary that gives a glimpse at disparate group of young people who submit themselves to a life of steely discipline, willing self-sacrifice and limitless dedication. They are...

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Cocaine Uncovered – Review

Cocaine Uncovered – Review

Sometimes it seems our politicians have been 'sniffing on the miaow miaow', or some other mind-bending substance. What else could explain the apparently addled state of drug prevention policies in most Western countries In the case of Cocaine Uncovered, one wonders if the minds of politicians haven't been...

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