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Art: Interrupted
Art: Interrupted
2015 | 1h 56m | Documentary, Arts Documentary
In the winter of 2012, the historic port town of Kochi, Kerala began the process of creating the largest art exhibition in India, and the biggest contemporary art exhibition in Asia. Filmmaker Hattie Bowering follows big name Indian and international artists’ attempts at creating new and ambitious works of art to put inside the Kochi-Muziris Biennale despite a series of roadblocks that jeopardize the exhibition from opening. Hattie Bowering documents the effect that a lack of expertise, errant union labourers, no electricity, dengue fever, and record heat have on the opening of the exhibition. The film presents a refreshing look at contemporary art with incredible access to the artists and the artistic process.
The Jazz Baroness
The Jazz Baroness
2009 | 1h 23m | Art
The true story of a Jewish British Baroness who fell in love with the musical genius Thelonious Monk. Contemporary filmmaker Hannah Rothschild tries to uncover the real story behind her great aunt's sudden disappearance. In 1951 the beautiful married mother of five left home and went to New York in search of the man who wrote 'Round Midnight'. She found him and this is the extraordinary account of what happened next. A journey that took her from Harlem to Hell and back again. She went to prison for him and gave up everything familiar. But why? Helen Mirren reads Pannonica's words and Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, TS Monk junior, Roy Haynes, Curtis Fuller, The Duchess of Devonshire and other luminaries tell their side of the story. This film is the result of a ten year search to solve the puzzle of Pannonica.
Little Pyongyang
Little Pyongyang
2018 | 24m | Documentary
A tale of one North Korean's struggle to leave behind the homeland, this stylised documentary unveils the depths of loss and longing, and the desire for legacy amongst a community of North Korean defectors who have escaped their homeland to live in the leafy London suburb. Joong-wha Choi, a former soldier in the DPRK, now lives with his wife and kids and works in a warehouse on the A3 motorway but despite enjoying the new found comforts of his British life, and relieved from the pressures of the North Korean state, he has a desire to return to the land that betrayed him, but is undoubtedly his true home. The film tracks his reflections on both why he left North Korea and the state of his day to day life over the course of several months, in what is ultimately a portrait of loss, longing, and the complexities of healing from trauma.
How the World Went Mad
How the World Went Mad
2018 | 1 season | Documentary
The five-part animated series explores the rise of political insanity through the sociology of madness. Using animation and archival footage, these humorous films unpack complex ideas by using an original mix of satire and science. Each episode tackles a different aspect of the madness epidemic by asking a fundamental question about our flight from sanity. Has the world gone mad? Is reality television to blame? Why are crazy conspiracy theories on the rise? How do you cure a society gone mad? And what is madness anyway?
Black Harvest
Black Harvest
1992 | 1h 30m | Documentary
Biggie & Tupac is a no holds barred investigation into the unsolved murders of two of the biggest superstars rap has ever produced; Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls and The Notorious B.I.G.). Both stars were gunned down in separate incidents, the apparent victims of hip hop's infamous east-west rivalry. Nick Broomfield's film introduces Russell Poole, an ex-cop with damning evidence that suggests the LAPD deliberately fumbled the case to conceal connections between the police, LA gangs and Death Row Records, the label run by feared rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight. Broomfield uncovers a compelling world of glamorised violence, police corruption, racial politics and murder.
Joe Leahy's Neighbours
Joe Leahy's Neighbours
1988 | 1h 30m | Documentary
The sequel to 'First Contact', this film follows Joe, the mixed-race son of Australian explorer Michael Leahy, in his rocky relationship with his indigenous neighbours. Raised in the highlands of Papua and educated in Europe, he owns a coffee plantation, on the edge of which filmmakers Connolly and Anderson lived for months, capturing the conflicting values of tribalism and capitalism.
First Contact
First Contact
1982 | 58m | Documentary
When Columbus and Cortez ventured into the New World, there was no technology to record the drama of this first encounter. But, in 1930, when the Leahy brothers penetrated the interior of Papua New Guinea in search of gold, they carried a movie camera. Thus, they captured on film their unexpected confrontation with indigenous communities. This amazing footage is at the center First Contact. Fifty years later some of the participants are still alive and vividly recall their first encounter with the outsiders. The Papuans recount how they believed the white men to be their ancestors, bleached by the sun and returned from the dead. When shown their younger, innocent selves in the found footage, they recall the darker side of their relationship with these mysterious beings.
The Condemned
The Condemned
2013 | 1h 20m | Documentary
In the heart of Russia, in a forest larger than Germany 7 hours from the nearest city, and where winter temperatures drop to -40 degrees, lies a prison like no other. Holding 260 men collectively responsible for nearly 800 murders, Penal Colony 56 is unique: a prison exclusively for killers.
Killing Gävle
Killing Gävle
2017 | 20m | Documentary
In the city of Gävle, Sweden, there is an annual fight between local custodians and mischievous pagans for the spirit of Christmas. Each year since 1966, local business owners have paid for a 40ft straw goat to be made and displayed in the main square for the Holiday season. In 37 of those years, the goat has been burned down or damaged by shadowy outsiders. These goat-burners are pagans who see the giant statue as an accidental effigy to the ancient Norse gods, which must be sacrificed before the end of the year to ensure the return of the sun. In this film, residents from both sides of the goat conflict explain their hopes and motivations as Advent ticks down to Christmas…
Changemakers: Communication
Changemakers: Communication
2002 | 1h | Documentary
Around the globe, there are people who dedicate themselves to making a difference in their community, and to benefiting the lives of others. Their mission is not a quest for money, fame or any personal gain. They are changemakers.
Changemakers: Leisure
Changemakers: Leisure
2002 | 1h | Documentary
Around the globe, there are people who dedicate themselves to making a difference in their community, and to benefiting the lives of others. Their mission is not a quest for money, fame or any personal gain. They are changemakers.
Changemakers: Work
Changemakers: Work
2002 | 1h | Documentary
Around the globe, there are people who dedicate themselves to making a difference in their community, and to benefiting the lives of others. Their mission is not a quest for money, fame or any personal gain. They are changemakers.
Changemakers: Movement
Changemakers: Movement
2002 | 1h | Documentary
Around the globe, there are people who dedicate themselves to making a difference in their community, and to benefiting the lives of others. Their mission is not a quest for money, fame or any personal gain. They are changemakers.
Changemakers: Identity
Changemakers: Identity
2000 | 1h | Documentary
Around the globe, there are people who dedicate themselves to making a difference in their community, and to benefiting the lives of others. Their mission is not a quest for money, fame or any personal gain. They are changemakers.
The Nine Lives Of Alice Martineau
The Nine Lives Of Alice Martineau
2003 | 1h | Documentary
Born in 1972 with cystic fibrosis, the odds were stacked from the start. Filmed before her tragic death in March 2003 shows how this widely respected singer refused to allo compromise her musical ambitions.
John Mortimer: A Life in Words
John Mortimer: A Life in Words
2009 | 1h | Documentary
Examines the thoughts and observations of English writer, barrister and raconteur Sir John Mortimer. Enjoying a successful career as a QC before becoming a full-time writer, a staunch defender of civil liberties who was involved in the Oz magazine obscenity trial in the 1960s and the man who won the Sex Pistols the right to put the word 'bollocks' in the title of their infamous album. Opinionated and unconventional, Mortimer persisted in speaking out against the ludicrous ways in which politicians try to curtail our liberties and, very often, our fun.
Cane Toads: The Conquest
Cane Toads: The Conquest
2010 | 1h 20m 13s
The first 3D-ready film shot in Australia, Cane Toads: The Conquest follows the uncontrollable expansion of these enormous, reviled amphibians through the country. Leaving environmental devastation in their wake, and now occupying nearly a third of the country, the cane toad continues to grow in size and resilience. Part documentary and part horror, this film details the destructive invasion of a species initially introduced as a counter pest.
The Natural History of the Chicken
The Natural History of the Chicken
2000 | 1h | Documentary
Through the use of re-enactments and interviews, eclectic characters tell stories about the role of chickens in their lives. Exploring the history behind one of America’s most popular foods, the film portrays these birds as being far more than just a source of nutrition. From supernatural stories of resuscitation and headless running fowl, to a woman who prefers their company to their taste, The Natural History of the Chicken paints a far more nuanced picture of poultry than one would imagine.
Animalicious
Animalicious
1999 | 52m | Documentary
From a Californian woman whose dear chihuahua gets devoured by the neighbour’s boa constrictor, to a wild, shotgun-wielding turkey, these stories are as tragic as they are terrifying. An unexpected combination of reflections on justice, fate, co-existence and forgiveness, this documentary bewilders and amuses as we are shown a side of animal life we rarely see.
Rat
Rat
1998 | 56m | Documentary
Captures the stories of New Yorkers who must fight off, and sometimes lose, to the resilient rats that pervade through the city’s sewers, streets, and buildings. Camera angles take the viewer behind the scenes of this phenomenon, beyond the walls, through the pipes and down into the underground on the trail of these reviled and feared rodents. By turns unsettling and amusing, Rat builds on the nature film genre, portraying unlikely adversaries in an urban power struggle.
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