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Best Feature Documentary Oscar long-list announced

Best Feature Documentary Oscar long-list announced

It’s December, which traditionally means that the battle for the Oscars officially kicks off with extra screenings and expensive drink dos. It is also now when we first get an indication of which films might take home that all important statue. … Read entire article »

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The Stuart Hall Project: Sidestepping the trappings of a conventional biographical doc

The Stuart Hall Project: Sidestepping the trappings of a conventional biographical doc

Who is Stuart Hall? Aside from being a famous cultural theorist I read at university, apparently he’s also a celebrated broadcaster and leftist commentator who’s been called one of the 20th century’s most influential intellectuals. I hope I’m not the only one amazed to hear the story behind all those textbooks, to be shocked that such an eminent professor had a pivotal role in the most exciting periods of post-war British history. … Read entire article »

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Stellar shortlist for 2013 PUMA Impact Award

Stellar shortlist for 2013 PUMA Impact Award

As a journalist covering lots of awards, with which you do not always agree (to say the least), it’s nice to finally see a shortlist you couldn’t agree with more. For this year’s PUMA Impact Award, a jury including Susan Sarandon, Gael Garcia Bernal and Ricken Patel, has announced the five competing documentaries to be: The Act of Killing, Bully, Give up Tomorrow, The Interrupters and The Invisible War. … Read entire article »

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After Tiller makes a poignant case for the work of late-term abortion doctors in the US

After Tiller makes a poignant case for the work of late-term abortion doctors in the US

Third-trimester abortion, performed past the 25th week of pregnancy, is the subject of fiery debate between pro-choice and pro-life activists in the United States. The moving documentary After Tiller follows the lives of the only 4 known doctors who can provide safe and legal late-term abortions in the country. Presented at Sheffield Doc Fest 2013,  it will surely provoke discussion, bring many to tears and challenge both critics and supporters of the practice. … Read entire article »

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An experiment in online distribution by the filmmakers at Fat Rat Films

An experiment in online distribution by the filmmakers at Fat Rat Films

London documentary filmmakers Gemma Atkinson and Fred Grace of Fat Rat Films have recently been undertaking an interesting experiment in online film distribution with their new short animated documentary, Act of Terror. … Read entire article »

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Ken Loach’s documentary is “refreshing and radical”

Ken Loach’s documentary is “refreshing and radical”

At a time when millionaire politicians (eighteen of the current twenty nine cabinet ministers are worth over a million) are telling us that “we are all in this together” the documentary “The Spirit of 45” could not seem more prescient, writes Ben Unwin. … Read entire article »

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Joe Berlinger, director of the Paradise Lost documentaries: “It really was a witch hunt”

Joe Berlinger, director of the Paradise Lost documentaries: “It really was a witch hunt”

Earlier this week DocGeeks’ Jacob Harbord reviewed the Paradise Lost documentary series, which portray the faith of the West Memphis 3; innocent young men who were wrongly convicted of a heinous crime. Director Joe Berlinger, partially responsible for the men’s recent release, agreed to an interview and spoke to Harbord about a simple little phenomenon called the truth and what role he would like to see the films play in our society today.  … Read entire article »

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