During the BFI London Film Festival, DocGeeks will present you every day with a bite-size oversight of the documentaries screening at the various festival locations.
On the first day of the festival the BFI presents us with four new documentaries:
The Poor Stockinger, the Luddite Cropper and the Deluded Followers of Joanna Southcott by Turner Prize nominee Luke Fowler who explores the role played by left wing intellectuals in the working class communities of post-war Yorkshire. – This film will also be screening on 21 October 4pm at the BFI Southbank.
Normal School, by acclaimed director Celina Murga will screen at the BFI Soutbank at 6.30pm. As one of Latin America’s most resonant filmmakers Murga has created an elegant documentary set in her old secondary school in the Argentine city of Parana. Though, as the BFI says, “there is no high drama here,” the lively students, the teachers’ struggles and the almost comically bureaucratic administration of the school are expertly observed by “a camera that refuses to intrude invasively into the working environment of the school”. – This film will also be screening on 11 October 3.45pm at the BFI Southbank and 13 October at 2pm at the Ritzy cinema in Brixton.
Also at the ICA, at 8pm, is Breaking the Frame, a film which aims to document the life and work of Carolee Schneemann; an artist who has transformed discourses on the body, sexuality and gender and broke many a taboe in her life. In this film Schneemann shares her memories and extraordinary personal archive. — This film will also be screening on 19 October 9pm at the BFI Southbank.
At 8:45pm, Jamie Kastner’s documentary The Secret Disco Revolution challenges the perception of disco at the BFI Southbank as the height of kitsch, celebrating it as the soundtrack for social change. — This film will also be screening at Hackney Picturehouse on 13 October 6pm and at the RichMix on 15 October at 6.30pm.
Tickets can be ordered on the BFI London Film Festival website.