Documentary

A film essay on the contours of 'race' and 'civil disorder' in contemporary Britain. Filmed in Handsworth and London during the riots of 1955, and using extensive archival material ranging from scenes of colonial labour to images of Caribbean/Asian settlement, the film not only documents the Handsworth riots, but places them in a broader context, the industrial recession, black resistance movement... Read more
On Polish national day, 1968, Ryszard Siwiec self immolated in front of thousands of people in a Warsaw stadium. He was protesting the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact forces. The world remained silent; his name or deed received no front-page coverage. This moving documentary is the story of humankind's eternal need to escape from the constraints of totalitarianism. Winner of the European... Read more
Director/cmematographer Kann Westerlund pays a private and very subjective visit to one of her favourite places the sea-bathing facility at Helgoland. ... Read more
Melbourne filmmaker Fiona Hergstrom was so fascinated by the inhabitants of this St Hilda hotel that she decided to move in and observe their daily life first hand. ... Funded by Film Victoria's Independent Film­maker's Fund, Hollywood Hotel is a warm yet bleak study of a group of social misfits who for what­ever reason-be it financial, emotional or practi­cal have ended up as residents.... Read more
Homeboys is about the young members of street gangs in Los Angeles. The junior leagues, who are failing in school, dropping out and forming gangs that mimic the activities of the older, more violent and crime related gangs of their brothers. ... This is a student film and what makes it different is the way the filmmakers get close to their subjects, concerned enough to get involved in their lives.... Read more
Dirk De Bruyn has made a number of distinctive (usually short) experimental films since the 70's. Homecomings an avant garde examination/diary of the filmmaker's roots is by far his most ambitious film to date ... In 1983, De Bruyn and his wife and two sons returned to The Netherlands, 25 years after he had migrated with his parents to Australia as an eight year old ... The film uses a wide spectr... Read more
Ordinary people dance in private moments of personal abandon in living rooms across London. A cinematographic ode to the beauty, grace and humour of the human body in motion, and the joy of music and dance. ... Read more
Curious drama/mystery/documentary from veteran filmmaker-photographer Robert Frank. Made in the Ruhr region in winter '89, Frank was given an entirely open commission to make a film that captured the atmosphere of the region. This dark and mysterious tale of a traveller going by train and car through the landscape of the Ruhr, is his response. ... Read more
I Am Boy combines 2D and 3D animation, historic and live foolage to show the musical and cultural influences on a Siberian OJ, Misha Maltsev, before and after perestroika, ... Read more
An extraordinary portrait of the daily lives of homeless peoples, / Could've Been Human allows each individual to tell their story, their dreams and hopes. A sense of survival and great loss is revealed— these are people who once had homes and families, were part of 'society', yet for one reason or another sought escape and comfort in drink. ... Read more
Fatigue of life. Impotence. Evocative close-up images of the physical effects of age layer this film about elderly people. They are living in high inflation, small pensions and the indignity of financial poverty in a world that for them has changed too quickly This film is a visually rich and moving exploration of the destiny of old people, in unsympathetic modern times . ... Read more
A mobile slaughterman who can kill a cow humanely from a moving car, Beatle Tarrant offers a powerful argument for ethical slaughtering in this revealing portrait of a man who kills so that we may eat meat. ... Contains scenes of animal slaughter that may offend. ... D David White, Paul Wedel P David White TD HD Cam/2012 ... Read more
A documentary tribute to the aeroplanes, rituals, eccentricities and daring involved in modern-day aerobatics. Directed by second-time film maker Alexander Abela, the almost surreal nature of this strange, airborne world is skilfully evoked through quiet interviews with the pilots, beautiful photography and gentle pacing, allowing us to experience the anticipation and appeal associated with this s... Read more
Pump up the Bhangra! Using Bhangra music and the testimonies of sons and daughters of Asian Brits, the film uncovers a defiant popular culture - a synthesis - part Asian, part British. ... "We cannot be fully British until the idea of British acknowledges redefinition from other cultures. Only then will it be fit for ours and other Black use." - Gurinder Chadha ... Read more
This three part film is just one clement of an extraordinary multi-media project initiated by the (obviously enlightened) French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which sent a group of artists out for two weeks on a Swedish icebreaker in the Bothian Sea, where they gathered inspiration for their respective works The results included a musical composition, a radio doco, a photo album and a 1,000 piece j... Read more
Meet Dennis Woodruff, Hollywood street personality and self confessed Brando Idle. Via Hollywood landmarks, including 'The Woodruff Mobile', we follow this definitive wannabe as he tries to convince us that his big break is only a matter of time. Idling Brando is a sympathetic day in the life lourney of a man who just wants his 15 minutes. When in doing his best Brando/Kurtz he asks us if his meth... Read more
This sensitive study of the filmmaker's grand­mother who has Alzheimers disease, explores the nature of time and memory. The tyranny of memory loss means that she, an accomplished portrait artist, can draw her grandchild's face without recognizing it from one moment to the next. Without a short term memory, what hap­pens to time? "If a moment means nothing later, in a sense it means everything now... Read more
Agnes McLean is a life-long socialist and aficionado of Latin dancing. The film follows her from her modern sequence dance class in Glasgow's Pollok Centre to the famous Tropicana nightclub in Havana, and then into the back-streets of the Cuban capital where she discovers the real roots of the Rumba, one of her favourite Latin dances. In Havana, Agnes discovers that the 'Glasgow Rumba' - to which ... Read more
As a dynamited building collapses in slow motion, professor of film Jan Krawitz declares that ten years ago a moment came in her life when the earth shifted and nothing would ever be the same again. Using archival footage from the America of her childhood and her own images of Texas, she movingly unravels not so much that event as the inculcated ideas which this cataclysm destroyed - the belief th... Read more
Well known for his landmark Battle of Chile trilogy, which received considerable international exposure and press coverage during the 1970's, Patncio Guzman returned to his native country m 1986 to shoot this documentary dealing with the role of the Roman Catholic Church in Chile during the years following the coup, with special emphasis on its human rights stance. ... After the coup d'etat by Pin... Read more
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