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.
When Tom Allen gave up his job to go around the world on his bike, he thought that the bike ride would be the whole of the adventure. But the trip offered so much more and, in fact, changed his life. This charming and all-engrossing documentary film, as narrated by Tom, tells us a lot about Tom before he sets off as well as what happens during his epic adventure.
After the tragic deaths of explorers Irvine and Mallory, the ill-fated 1924 expedition to the top of Mount Everest became legendary. Surrounded by mystery about whether they reached the summit, and filmed using photographic techniques and equipment that were experimental for the time, Captain John Noel’s official account of the expedition is now available from the BFI.
Rowlie – as friend and lover Genevieve McGuckin calls him in the film – was responsible for the guitar sound of the highly influential late 70s/early 80’s band The Birthday Party. He went on to play in Crime and the City Solution and led his own band These Immortal Souls, before embarking on a critically acclaimed solo career, which included wonderful but noisy Lee Hazelwood inspired duets with Lydia Lunch.
Rats, crack-smoking, dumpster rummaging, drug-addled conversations, desperate humour …Samuel Beckett meets hip hop and substance abuse in this grim, desperate and compelling film about a homeless community living in the underground train tunnels of New York City in the 1990s.
The subtitle says it all: ‘Revolution, politics, culture and the New Left experience’. This is an intimate and engaging portrait of one of the most charismatic and inspiring voices of the UK’s post-war Left.
Dir. Beth B., US, 2013, 77 mins Cast: Bunny Love, Mat Fraser, World Famous Bob, Rose Wood Review by Ruth Sullivan Exposed: Beyond Burlesque is a documentary that delves into the world of burlesque, but put aside notions of strip clubs or showgirls as this film follows the path of those who are using burlesque […]
A film that attempts to represent the unrepresentable, especially when the unrepresentable in question is mass murder, is always going to be a hard, unsatisfying watch. But in the case of The Missing Picture, which explores the experiences of Cambodians under the Khmer Rouge through the autobiographical memories of writer-director Rithy Panh, the dissatisfaction is also caused by an over-intellectual approach.
Any horror fan worth their Krueger claws knows that the Amityville incident which inspired the films was actually a prank. Right?
Apparently, pornstars are real people too. Who knew? In many ways, the time has never been riper for an in-depth docu-interview with the women who work in the adult entertainment industry.