UK Documentary

Finding New Stories on the Street

Paul Young | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Young

As a filmmaker, I've always been curious to hear people's stories. Everybody has a story to tell and the first thing I often wonder when I meet someone is what theirs is. This was the case with Naomi, the young woman whose experience sleeping rough on the streets of London inspired the story for my latest film, A Horse Called Oz.

Should We Lock Up Paedophiles and Throw Away the Key?

Jon Brown | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK
Jon Brown

If we are going to protect children from sexual abuse we must make sure that anyone who recognises they have a problem, and want help to make sure they don't harm a child, is supported in getting treatment. I don't think you can 'cure' someone of paedophilia but you can use therapy to help them control their urges.

Documentary Filmmakers Piece Together The Truth

Queen Noor of Jordan | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Queen Noor of Jordan

As the winners of the 2014 Impact Award are announced, it is a good day to honour the work of documentary filmmakers everywhere. In particular, their role in documenting, highlighting and explaining human rights abuses and human rights protests even in places that western journalists cannot reach.

The Unsung Heroes of Impact

Shaady Salehi | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Shaady Salehi

I remember my first time like it was yesterday. I was 21 years old, and it was an incredibly emotional experience. Over the course of an hour, I had laughed, cried, and, believe it or not, my life flashed before my eyes. It was my first time watching a documentary that jumped out and moved me to the core - and compelled me to want to do something.

Why CitizenFour Is the Most Important Film Of 2014

George Washbourn | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Washbourn

Given the stark and arguably dystopian nature of the NSA scandal, it is surprising that the world did not see an equally stark and acidic reaction in response. In many ways, until the release of CitizenFour the dialogue surrounding governmental surveillance has fizzled out, the world's political attention having shuffled on...

Microbirth: Why We All Need to Know About Seeding and Feeding a Baby's Microbiome

Toni Harman | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Toni Harman

The latest scientific research is starting to point to long-term risks associated with Caesareans. Emerging science is linking C-Sections with a significantly increased risk of children developing immune-related conditions including asthma, type 1 diabetes, coeliac disease and obesity.

Stillbirth Rates Remain Persistently High, Awareness Is Crucial for Change

Jane Brewin | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Brewin

For many years stillbirth was presented to parents as 'just one of those things'. As a topic, stillbirth has been viewed as taboo and too painful to discuss, while among medical practice it has been seen as nature's way and not worth investigating.

Where We Are; One Direction's Epic Journey

Hannah Gal | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Gal

The 75 minutes epic features the band's catchy tunes, a never before seen interview and exclusive backstage tour footage, all in true high definition and a 5:1 surround sound; "an epic event for Directioners".

Microbirth: The Extra Question Every Expectant Mother Needs To Ask

Toni Harman | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Toni Harman

If we accept that birth has become a multi-billion dollar business around the world, then all expectant parents are consumers of that business. As consumers, all expectant parents have rights and they have a voice. Collectively, theirs is a very powerful voice that can be used as a catalyst to drive change.

I Am a Camera: Interview With Charlie Inman, Documentary Maker

Jason Holmes | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Between them, Inman and Holman set about placing Gilles Peterson and his enduring quest for new Brazilian music at the centre of the narrative, with the veteran musicologist, for the first time, producing an album of music for which his passion is unrivalled. 

God: TV's Holy Grail?

Torin Douglas | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Torin Douglas

In recent months, religion has thrust itself onto the national and international stage. When David Cameron proclaimed that Britain was a Christian country - in effect saying "we DO do God" - 55 public figures wrote to the Daily Telegraph accusing him of fostering alienation and division, against the background of turmoil in the Middle East.

Girl Gang Assemble

Kate Nash | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kate Nash

"What could I do about this stuff? What is my area of expertise and how can I take action about things that I care about and can actually help with?" I don't want to do it alone. I'm powerless that way. I need a group of cool, passionate people who care and want to talk about serious shit but also use entertainment, creativity, storytelling and music to do it - blend entertainment with reality...

10,000 Hours or 10,000 friends? Eight Perspectives on Talent in the Music Industry

Jonathan Schifferes | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jonathan Schifferes

It's about time we reconsidered what we mean by talent: how it is defined, who gets identified as talented, and how they are developed, recognised and rewarded. Is talent the product of 10,000 hours of devoted practice, or the reward of 10,000 followers?

Worst Place to Be a Pilot

Matt Dearden | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Matt Dearden

After 50 minutes or so flying, Hitadipa is in sight. It's located at the bottom of a narrow valley and due to its location, makes for a dramatic approach. It requires pilots to descend deep into the narrow valley in order to ensure they can land at the very beginning of what is a short and usually slippery grass airstrip.

We Are Many: Film Review

Marienna Pope-Weidemann | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Politics
Marienna Pope-Weidemann

15th February 2003: we know it was the biggest protest in world history. We know that millions of people who'd never before felt like they could make their voices heard by taking action, marched in the streets of 800 cities to say 'Not In Our Name'; that they dared hope for peace, but were committed by their governments to a bloody and illegal war.

Tibetan Tribute: Dirt Was Never This Symbolic

Larry Jaffee | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Larry Jaffee

Tenzing Rigdol, a 32-year-old Tibetan artist living in New York, came up with the idea for the soil project as a way to pay tribute to his father who had hoped to return to his homeland of Tibet before he died.

A Game of Cat and Mouse: Finding Vivian Maier

Christine de Leon | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Christine de Leon

Her current notoriety is due almost entirely to the producers of the film John Maloof and Charlie Siskel. They are obsessed with digging up her personal history to find out why she never entered the canon of great street photographers sanctioned by the art world establishment.

The Beating of a Hidden Heart

Tehmina Kazi | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tehmina Kazi

The number of people in England and Wales living with or married to someone from another ethnic group jumped by 35 per cent to 2.3 million from 2001 to 2011, reported the Office for National Statistics in a newly published census figure analysis on 3rd July 2014.

'Mistaken for Strangers': The National of Music Documentaries

Ed Cripps | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ed Cripps

Smartest and freshest of all, though, is the film's self-awareness and even the most touching moments have a deliberate, tears-in-the-mirror vanity. In one of the film's best passages, Tom tells Matt that he filmed himself crying the night before, which makes Matt laugh affectionately: the very next scene is of Tom crying...

A Royal Hangover - The Documentary About Drinking That's Actually Worth a Watch

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK
Carrie Armstrong

There are seemingly sh*tloads of documentaries made about the British Drinking culture. Or Booze Britain. Or whatever words you enjoy sticking a hashtag in front of and calling it a thing...

Iran Unveiled at Open City Docs Fest

Gabriella Apicella | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gabriella Apicella

Iran is seldom out of International news. In my own 34 years, it has become inextricably linked with the names of other countries blighted by war and hardship: Bosnia, Serbia, Rwanda, Ethiopia.

Junk Food Games are Nauseating, But Where are the Parents?

Andrew Tipp | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Tipp

Remember Sunny Delight? I do. As a child of the 90s, I loved its playful branding and attention-wrecking sugar rushes. It looked like happiness in a bottle. It tasted like orange juice as imagined by peddlers of Ritalin.

A Slice of Norway

Jorn Tomter | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK
Jorn Tomter

Today it is 200 years since Norway's constitution law was signed on the 17 May 1814. At the time it was considered to be one of the most liberal democratic constitutions and today it is the third oldest constitution law in the world...

A Fight For Gender Equality In India: 'The Spice Girls'

Karen Ruimy | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Karen Ruimy

When their father died suddenly, the women were under immediate attack. Not only from fellow spice traders, but incredibly, also from family members. The men around them attempted to wrestle control of the business from them. Slurs on their name rapidly turned to threats and physical abuse.

Can a Film Change the World? 'Fire in the Blood' Director Speaks

Rob Leane | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rob Leane

Fire in the Blood is a harrowing viewing experience. The sombre documentary portrays the real events of an AIDS drug extortion scandal which has slipped under the radar of public consciousness, but continues to take an unthinkable number of lives.