Documentary

From the Archive: Making Montgomery Clift

Making Montgomery Clift was originally published on the 30th March 2019 On the 23rd July 1966 Montgomery Clift died of heart failure at his New York apartment aged 45. Leaving behind a legacy of world-class film and theatre that pushed the boundaries of masculinity on screen. In the years following Clift’s death, a picture was painted of a man struggling …

Sheffield Doc Fest Announces New Autumn Film and Art Festival Weekenders

Sheffield Doc Fest has announced plans to host four weekends of both physical and online screenings, an art exhibition, talks and discussions, from 2 October – 15 November 2020: Four weekender events to come each fortnight from 2 October, to The Showroom Cinema Sheffield, and online in parallel, themed around the festival strands: Into the World, Rebellions, Rhyme & Rhythm …

Quick Flicks (September) Misbehavior / Jawline / Climax / Happy as Lazzaro / Destroyer / Duplicate / Spud

September 2020 Edition Looking for something to watch tonight? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with our monthly pick of great movies old and new, without the long review. Instead, these quick recommendations offer a summary of our thoughts alongside details of the movies length, certificate and genre. So settle back for this months selection, including Misbehaviour, Jawline, Climax, Happy …

Boys State – A heady mix of testosterone, politics, and popularity

What makes a world-class documentary? Is it the topic and case studies? The fly on the wall realism and free-flowing discussion? Or the ability of filmmakers to reflect uncomfortable truths and glimmers of redemption and hope? The answer to these questions will, of course, differ for every viewer. But, for me, world-class documentaries reflect all of these traits and more. …

Quick Flicks – Clemency / Loveless / The Kid / First Reformed / Studio 54 / El Angel / Jongens

August 2020 Edition Looking for something to watch tonight? Don’t worry, we have got you covered with our monthly pick of great movies old and new without the long review. Instead, these quick recommendations offer a summary of our thoughts alongside details of the movies length, certificate and genre. So settle back for this months selection, including Clemency, Loveless, The …

Showbiz Kids – Fame and innocence in an adult world of money and power

After watching HBO’s feature-length documentary ‘Showbiz Kids,’ I found myself immediately taken back to my review of Honey Boy in 2019. During that review, I explored the interface between loneliness, fame, and the demand of unbalanced parental expectations on the child. As the film’s writer and star, Shia LaBeouf laid bare his childhood journey through the fictional character of Otis …

Keith Haring: Street Art Boy – The power of activism and art

When does art become political activism or political activism become art? This is a question embedded within both creativity, culture and community from the dawn of human history to now. From the rise of graffiti art through to sculpture and protest. However, one artist rarely mentioned in the same breath as Banksy or Ai Weiwei is Keith Haring. Despite a …

Us Kids: The bright light of youth activism in a broken political system

On Valentines Day 2018 a 19-year-old ex-student walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Armed with a semi-automatic rifle he proceeded to murder 17 people; 14 students and three staff. The tragedy marking yet another grim milestone in mass shootings across America. Shootings that have surpassed 230 incidents in schools since the horror of Columbine in 1999. …

Welcome to Chechnya: The atrocities of state orchestrated hate uncovered

Welcome to Chechnya changed the names and facial details of all those victims interviewed. In order to protect their human rights from further state persecution. As someone who has spent my adult life fighting for LGBTQ equality, I watched the growing persecution of LGBTQ people in Russia with horror. The introduction of the 2013 ‘gay propaganda law’ a mere tool …