Eric Steel, who made the wonderful documentary on suicides off the Golden Gate Bridge – The Bridge – here tells the story of a reclusive Scotswoman, Megan Boyd, who, in her cottage in northern Scotland, twirled bits of feather, fur, silver and gold into elaborate fishing flies. These works of art, at once beautiful and lethal, were sought not only by fishing communities all over the world, but also by Prince Charles himself.
When film connoisseur P.K. Nair caught his first glimpse of cinema as a child, little did he know what a profound and life-changing experience this would be. For what started as a boyhood fascination became the passion behind his life’s work: founding the first national archive of Indian cinema.
An enlightening trawl through an important element of world cinema – children as performers – that somehow fails to hook the viewer.
The film is created and directed by Godfrey Reggio, whose experimental Qatsi trilogy Koyaanisqatsi (1982), Powaqqatsi (1989) and Naqoyatsi (2002) made visual statements that weren't very subtle and expressed them in kinetic images that kept you sometimes dazzled.
Break-ups in the music industry are always sad and frustrating but when it involves three long-time friends who happen to be responsible for the most hypnotic global electronic dance phenomenon called Swedish House Mafia, on top of their game and creativity, then it’s not merely painful but downright baffling – not least to the millions of fans who worshipped them ecstatically night after night, gig after gig.
Look beyond and behind the multimillion album selling artists that receive all of the attention, fame and royalties. In the background there is a virtually unnoticed but still formidable force that powers heart and soul into making the biggest names look and sound like the world class superstars that they are. Who are they? For the first time ever the Oscar winning Twenty Feet from Stardom invites you into the unseen world of the backing singer.
History has borne out that there are many ways to subvert the status quo and fight a revolution, not least through art and self expression – mediums considered so dangerous to dictatorships that they are banned, censored, controlled and strangled.
Errol Morris has always been a documentarian with an acute and interrogative sensitivity towards the truth concerning subjects in which this quality, elusive and intangible at the best of times, proves to be particularly frustrating and untenable.
Dir. Carlos Agullo and Mandy Jacobson, US, 2013, 84 mins Cast: Jean-Yves Ollivier, Thabo Mbeki, Joachim Chissano, Denis Sassou Nguesso, Chester Crocker, Winnie Mandela Review by Marianne Gray Plot for Peace is an evocative documentary that reveals an untold story of apartheid’s fall, and the mysterious French businessman, code name “Monsieur Jacques”, who was, among […]
Something about the stylistically layered approach to its subject – a veteran French photojournalist and documentary film maker – makes this documentary quietly inspiring and even profound.