Planning a lazy Sunday? Then drag yourself to the cinema tomorrow as there is a lot going on in terms of documentaries. Here we give you our preferred choices showing in some of the best cinemas in London.
Page One: A year inside the New York Times – 11am and 6pm at the Ritzy Picturehouse
This documentary shows the daily goings of one of, or perhaps the, biggest and most important institutions in the media world; the New York Times. By following the media desk for one whole year, and especially on-screen hero David Carr, we get more than a glimpse of what life is like for a traditional newspaper in the new digital era.
Preview: The Green Wave – 6.30pm ICA
This moving account of Iran’s 2010 Green Revolution uses collage and illustration to tell the stories of the demonstrators as they bravely fought for change and reform under ultra-conservative President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Incorporated is the actual information the protestors used to mobilise and coordinate the revolution in the form of text messages, twitter feeds, facebook posts and blogs. These also serve as a reference for the experiences and thoughts of two young students, whose story runs through the film as the main thread.
From the Middle East selected by visiting arts: Roads of dreams – 12.30pm at the ICA FREE
They are dreaming of high-heeled gold shoes, that their birthday is just round the corner, and that school is closed down because of heavy snow. The children in Mona Rafatzadeh’s exploratory pop style documentary are like all other children. They dream of a spouse, wealth, a car, and a dream job is the common denominator, but the desire to leave Iran and live in California, to travel to Mecca, to live a relaxed and free life is also a part of their dreams. This is the UK premiere of Mona Rafatzadeh’s short, which in a beautiful and confrontational way provides a voice to the dreams of the Iranian people. The event is free but you have to book.
UK premiere: Men of Arlington – 3pm at The Tricycle plus Q&A
This powerful documentary tells the story of Arlington House, established in London’s Camden Town in 1905, through the lives of the emigrant Irish men who came to Britain to seek a better life, but lost themselves along the way. Fleeing poverty, oppression and family expectations, they left behind their native Ireland, but it never let go of them.
Ultrasuede: In search of Halston – 3pm at the Mayfair Curzon
No one represents the glamour and decadence of the 70’s more than fashion designer Halston. In his documentary filmmaker Whitney Sudler-Smith explores the life and times of this talented yet frequently misunderstood American icon. From his early days as a milliner at Bergdorf Goodman, to his apotheosis as designer-to-the-stars and king of Studio 54, Halston lived an extraordinarily colorful life. While professional and personal problems consumed him in his later years, Smith reveals that beneath the often-lurid headlines, Halston was a true artist and a great man.
Pina Bausch is a legendary dancer and choreographer. Her unique creations transformed the language of dance and offer a visual experience like no other.
Just before her death in 2009 Bausch was working together with director Wim Wenders on a 3D film about her life and her dance company at the Tanztheater in the industrial town of Wuppertal. After she died Wenders decided to continue and make a documentary dedicated to her dance. The outcome is a real esthetic feast.
You’ve Been Trumped – 4pm plus Q&A at the Ritzy Picturehouse
This documentary poignantly portrays the struggle of a small community against a big global monster. When Donald Trump initially sets his eyes on one of Scotland’s beautiful nature reserves as the perfect place to build his new golf resort his plans are rejected by Aberdeenshire Council. But faster than the speed of light his PR people take over and manage to convince the world and, more important, Scottish parliament of Trump’s good intentions and the benefits the project holds for the local economy. The plans are thus back on.
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