Dir. Jeremy Whelehan, US, 2014, 97 mins Cast: Kevin Spacey, Maureen Anderman, Stephen Lee Review by Dave Smith At first glance, a film about taking the play Richard III around the world might seem like something only theatre enthusiasts or the actor’s fans would see. But NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage is a broadly appealing […]
Subtitled ‘the true story of the most beautiful woman in the world’, Jeffrey Schwarz’ documentary celebrates the terrifying and triumphant force of cinema, stage and song that was drag queen Divine. It also tells a little of the story of Harris Glenn Milstead, the man inside the giant glamour goddess. And it tells the story of the time.
Dir: Florian Habicht, UK, 2014, 89 mins Cast: Nick Banks, Jarvis Cocker, Candida Doyle, Richard Hawley, Steve Mackey, Mark Webber, the people of Sheffield Review by Esther Sadler In 2012, Pulp performed a final triumphant concert in their hometown Sheffield and this becomes the centre of a documentary which is equally about the band and […]
Dir. Jehane Noujaim, Egypt, 2013, 104 mins, in Arabic with subtitles Cast: Ahmed Hassan, Khalid Abdalla, Magdy Ashour, Ramy Essam Review by Marianne Gray The Square, nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2014 Academy Awards, is an intimate documentary which shows the anatomy of a revolution of a country on hold, Egypt. Beautifully shot with […]
Dir. Deborah Perkin, UK, 2014, 82 mins, with subtitles Cast: Rabha El Haimer Review by Marianne Gray This documentary is one of those fine treasures about a subject that we seldom see and don’t really know about, in this case how the system copes with illegitimate children in modern Morocco. In Morocco, as in all […]
In 1984, when This is Spinal Tap was released , it had people scratching their heads as to whether it was the most raw and realistic music documentary of its time, or the most elaborate film hoax that had ever been set upon the public; three decades later, some people are still truly none the wiser.
Of all the songs performed in this sprawling mix of musical, documentary, social satire and freewheeling comedy, the opening one performed by Haven Hamilton (Henry Gibson) gives the best clue to where the film stands in the Altman catalogue. “We must be doing something right/To last 200 years" croons the rhinestone-jacketed Hamilton
Dir. Doug Block, US/Germany, 2014, 90 mins Review by Carlie Newman Which is more important in a marriage, the wedding or life together after the big day? Doug Block has been filming weddings for some 20 years; all kinds of weddings with an assortment of couples. He goes back to his original footage of a […]
Dir. Benedikt Erlingsson, Iceland, 2013, 81 mins, in Icelandic with subtitles Cast: Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Charlotte Bøving, Helgi Björnsson, Juan Camillo Roman Estrada, Sigríður María Egilsdóttir Review by Fabiano Fonseca Each of us has a certain purpose when we sit down and stare at a screen. Some of us are looking for escapism, others want […]
Another week, another Found Footage horror film, or so it seems. So far in 2014, a number of these genre films have been released in the UK, including Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Devil’s Due, The Borderlands, Exhibition and Delivery. Willow Creek, one of the latest additions to the genre, is directed by Bobcat Goldthwait