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Cinematic legend Werner Herzog presents an astonishing glimpse of our prehistoric forebears. ... Kudos to Herzog (Encounters at the End of the World, MIFF 2008; Grizzly Man) for achieving the impossible - gaining access to the French Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave, a place that only a handful of ... Read more
A Certain Kind of Death USAWinner of a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, A Certain Kind of Death is a compelling and unblinking documentary that lays bare the mysterious process that goes on all around us: What happens to people who die with no next of kin'Eschewing sensationalism ... Read more
... ... During the McCarthy era, Dr Evelyn Hook­er took on the moral majority and the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to prove, through a pioneer clinical study, homo­sexuality was neither sin, crime nor sickness requiring cure via hysterectomy, castration, shock treatment and/or ... Read more
Full of fascinating and insightful interviews with some of the Hollywood elite including Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Johnny Depp and Robert Downey Jr., three of Chaplin's children, actors and collaborators on his films as well as biographers and critics including David Thomson and Andrew Sarris ... Read more
“People can now see what's happening. Climate Change is not a political issue; it's a humanity issue. It affects everyone on the planet." - Producer Paula DuPre Pesmen ... Since An Inconvenient Truth brought the science of Earth's shifting climate to the screen, the divisive topic has been at the ... Read more
The date was September 22, 1985, when environmental artist Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude completed what had been their ten-year obsession; "The Pont Neuf Wrapped." For fourteen days, 440,000 square feet of polyamide fabric, silky in appearance and golden sandstone in colour, covered the ... Read more
Cinema Dali France/SpainWith the total cooperation of the Salvador Dali Foundation, director Xavi Figueras' investigative documentary reorganises and returns to the screen the cream of over 40 hours of rare archival images from around the world, shedding new light on the eccentric life of the ... Read more
Cinema of Our Time - Abel Ferrara: Not Guilty France'For five days, director Rafi Pitts was able to follow the inspired director of Driller Killer, The Bad Lieutenant and New Rose Hotel from close by. The result is an eccentric road-movie, with the restless Ferrara as a charming, seedy guide ... Read more
A feature documentary about documentary, Cinema-Verite: Defining the Moment is a major retrospective of some of the century's finest non-fiction films. The influence of the cinema verite approach in everything from music videos and films such as The Blair Witch Project is explored in this ... Read more
Are you prepared to alter your diet to avoid the need for toilet breaks, thus fitting in more movie screenings each day? Do you take changes of clothes to the cinema to avoid coming home? Can you live on peanut butter sandwiches for months in order to afford up to eight screenings a day? ... The ... Read more
“I would like to be a good president.” - Vaclav Havel ... The political life of the Czech Republic's first president - former dissident playwright Vaclav Havel - is laid bare in Citizen Havel, an astounding access-all-areas documentary following Havel's term as leader of the newly independent ... Read more
A poetic ballet of cranes gives us a bird's eye view of London's ever-changing skyline. --- D Eva Weber P Samantha Zarzosa WS Odd Girl Out Productions TD DigiBeta/2007/14mins ... Read more
Sex, power, high ideals and cut-throat enemies collide in this engaging untangling of a very American scandal. ... As New York State Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer prosecuted the crimes of America's largest and wealthiest financial institutions. He swiftly ascended the rungs of power, and was ... Read more
Remember Al Pacino's Tony Montana in Brian De Palma's Scarface? ... Miami, once a modest, coastal, melting-pot city, was transformed almost overnight into a glitzy metropolis when it became the main point of entry for cocaine into the USA. ... Chronicling the drug influx of the 70s and 80s - and ... Read more
Violence is the life-blood of American culture. Criminals attain mythological status; the crimes are replayed by the media forming a perverse mirror image of the dominant American myth of the self-made man. The serial killer is the most recent 'folk hero' in a line that stretches back through ... Read more
... ... Provocative, engaging and scrupulously researched, Color Adjustment: Blacks In Prime Time is a film that examines the relation­ship between prime-time television and Ameri­ca's racial consciousness. Taking as dual points of departure the cautious optimism with which Blacks returned ... Read more
Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt is impressive as a singularly moving and sympathetic account of people whose lives have been profoundly altered, or cut short, by AIDS. ... The 75 minute documentary slams through stereotypes to tell the stories of several individuals - a one time Olympic ... Read more
"I'm lazy, I turn up late... personal hygiene was another issue that's come up." - filmmaker Chris Waitt ... When unemployed man-child Chris Waitt is dumped by Alice - the most recent in a long list of disenchanted and disillusioned girlfriends - he decides to find out why. Armed with a camera and ... Read more
Men and women offer us an unknown view of World War II. The quality of the 'head shots' approaches the vivacity of Rosie the Riveter. Using in addition archival footage and enacted segments, we are presented with the stories of gay Britons as they lived during WWII. One interviewee, a young student ... Read more
“An entertaining world tour of small-town movie houses and the dedicated cineastes who maintain them.” - Variety Bringing together cinema exhibitors from North Korea, America, India and Africa, Comrades in Dreams follows their efforts to transport audiences to a magical place every night. A ... Read more
Peter sold tickets for seats on a moon landing. Marc sold holiday homes that he didn't own. Torsten impersonated a diplomat to organise a NATO security conference. Four pathological liars who lived for years as professional conmen are the subject of this engrossing documentary from director ... Read more
The suburb was Huntingdon Valley, Philadelphia; the confessions are those of Susan Seidelman, director of Smithereens, Cookie, Desperately Seeking Susan and She Devil; and the subject is teenage reminiscence 1960's style. ... Seidelman takes a detour from Hollywood — back to the old ... Read more
"If there's ever a documentary that made me wish I had a time machine…" - Indiewire ... It was a setting styled for Roman nobility, established in a city surging with energy, which nurtured the mind and the body within its walls. In the steam, sex was constant and without consequences; on ... Read more
Conversations with My Mother is an intensely moving, even disturbing encounter between the filmmaker and his mother, as they relive the traumatic years of Dirk's childhood. The family emigrated to Australia from Holland and, in the years from 1958 through the 60's, had to grapple with problems of ... Read more
6 wars, 10 recipes, 60,361,024 dead. ... If the cooks went on strike would there still be war? Pondering this question and looking at six of the greatest, bloodiest wars of Europe's past, Cooking History is a culinary excursion through the field kitchens of battles fought, lost and won. ... With ... Read more
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