Tag Archives: 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 …

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. …

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 …

Sheffield Doc Fest: The countdown begins to coverage

For the past two years Cinerama Film has proudly worked with both BFI London Film Festival and BFI Flare. Bringing our readers the very best in new films and LGBTQ+ content from around the world. This year we are delighted to announce that we are partnering with Sheffield Doc Fest for the first time. Bringing you reviews and features on …

Scream Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street – Hollywood, homophobia and horror

In October 2019 our retrospective look at A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2 shone a light on homophobia in 1980s America. Exploring the undeniable themes of sexuality and gender sitting at the heart of an unlikely LGBTQ film. While exploring these in the context of the socio-political world of its release. A world where AIDS had changed the landscape …

In My Blood It Runs – Film of the Week

Across our globe, there is a darkness that sits at the heart of every criminal justice system. An inescapable truth deeply embedded within the walls of every juvenile detention centre and prison; the link between those who suffer oppression and incarceration. Back in 2016, this darkness was uncovered in media reports, relating to the abuse and humiliation of young people …

Sheffield Doc Fest: Focus and retrospective themes announced

As we move ever closer towards the full programme unveiling at this years Sheffield Doc Fest. The team have today announced their focus and retrospective themes for 2020. Once again celebrating the diversity Sheffield Doc Fest has become renowned for providing. With this years focus and retrospective themes including; A Tribute to Sarah Maldoror Following her recent passing from COVID …