Category: Documentary

Leonard Coen and U2

Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man

    For decades Cohen’s music has been misrepresented as the soundtrack to suicide. In fact the old (now 73) groaner is something of a comedian, though his wit is so dry it’s taken non-aficionados decades to catch on. He’s also something of a master of self-mythology, the sort of

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Mike Figgis and the "steering wheel" camera he drove for Co/Ma

Co/Ma

  In 2004 director Mike Figgis led a “master class”, a five day workshop in Ljubljana, Slovenia, for some of Europe’s hot, upcoming talent. Co/Ma is the result of the collaboration, a film made by the members of the course and shown to them, and a few paying members of

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono in front of a version of the Stars and Stripes

The U.S. vs. John Lennon

    Professional musician and amateur situationist John Lennon has always been an easy target for anyone wanting to level a charge of hypocrisy. “Imagine no possessions,” he sang, and the fingers started pointing at his lavish lifestyle – insert your own version of the story about the fur coats kept

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Downtown Tokyo

Princes of the Yen

  Halfway through watching this simple but fascinating documentary, by the same team that made the equally eye-opening 97% Owned, a friend turned up. Instead of saying “How are you?” or “Wanna cup of tea?” (I’m writing this in the UK), I said, “God, I’m watching this amazing documentary about

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The Isle of Wight Festival, 1970

Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival

A movie for every day of the year – a good one     17 August   Woodstock ends, 1969 On this day in 1969, the Woodstock Music & Art Fair ended. Billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace and Music” it was held at a dairy farm

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On the pig production line in Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     10 August   Henri Nestlé born, 1814 On this day in 1814, Henri Nestlé was born, as Heinrich Nestle, in Frankfurt am Rhein, Germany. His father was a glazier and the business had been passed

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Onkalo Spent Nuclear Fuel Depository

Into Eternity: A Film for the Future

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     5 August   Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, 1963 On this day in 1963, the “treaty banning nuclear weapon tests in the atmosphere, outer space and under water” was signed by the governments of the USSR,

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Jack Cardiff with a still of Audrey Hepburn

Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     27 July   Vincent Van Gogh shoots himself, 1890 What is it that everyone knows about the painter Vincent Van Gogh? That he cut off his ear. And perhaps a lot of people also know

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The man in the moon in For All Mankind

For All Mankind

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     21 July   Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the Moon, 1969 Today in 1969, while schoolchildren the world over hugged their knees while watching, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men

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Robert Plant in The Song Remains the Same

The Song Remains the Same

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one         13 July       Live Aid, 1985 On this day in 1985, some of the world’s most popular music acts got together at Wembley Stadium, London, UK, and John F Kennedy Stadium,

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