UK Documentary

Android in La La Land - A Film That Reminds Me to Smile

Mik Scarlet | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Mik Scarlet

What is of most interest to someone like me, who found the image of being an Numan fan so helpful as I learned to love being disabled, is that it charts Gary's diagnosis of Aspergers Syndrome, which obviously influenced his image and attitude through out his career, and his battles with depression and anxiety as he struggled to rebuild his career.

Can We Give Free Bleeding a Rest?

Bridget Hamilton | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Bridget Hamilton

The reason menstruation is the word on everybody's lips is not as simple as whether or not you would be willing to part with your towels, tampons or menstrual cups. It's about reducing the financial burden on low-income families through outdated taxes.

'Jihadis Next Door' Does Not Represent All Muslims -  And No, They Can't 'Go Back to Their Own Country'

Tom Rawle | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK
Tom Rawle

I am not religious, but I can understand why many people are. Last night I watched Channel 4 documentary Jihadis Next Door and like many others it riled me up too. Maybe not for the reasons you'd expect though.

Teenage Prison Abuse Exposed

Joe Plomin | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK
Joe Plomin

A young boy - a 14-year-old - lay sobbing in his bed. For eight minutes he had been dragged, marched and restrained across the prison. Worse, as we examined the footage of the restraint we saw the fingers of a duty operations manager - one of the most senior floor staff at the prison - close around the windpipe of a 14-year-old, of a child. The boy was crying out "I can't breathe".

Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks

Dan Reed | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Dan Reed

Professor Jean Pierre Tourtier, Chief Medic of the Paris Fire Brigade, had never spoken in public about the aftermath of the massacre at Charlie Hebdo. His precise descriptions of what he saw had a barely-suppressed intensity that took me by surprise: "The first thing I remember, even before I entered the Charlie Hebdo office - was the smell. A smell that was a mix of gunpowder and blood - that metallic smell of blood. Then I saw a pile of bodies. And someone at the back of the meeting room said - in a voice that was almost gentle - 'Monsieur, s'il vous plaît, aidez-moi'."

Making a Petitioner

Mike Seyedian | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Mike Seyedian

Like many who watched Making a Murderer, I was extremely upset by what I saw. It wasn't just another series that I could put behind me and move on. I felt compelled to lend my support to Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey in some way. So, I started a petition for each of them on Change.org.

'My Son the Jihadi': How A Documentary Illustrates A Growing Fear

Lydia Suffield | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lydia Suffield

On Thursday night, I watched the Channel 4 documentary My Son The Jihadi with my mother. We watched a lot of the programme in silence , listening to the dignified words of a mother in clear anguish...

Hooked on the Street - The Forgotten Women of Middlesbrough

Robin Pepper | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK
Robin Pepper

Kate is one of central Middlesbrough's drug addicted, street prostitutes who sells her body for as little as £15. Fellow journalist Jack Gaskarth and I met Kate when out researching one evening. We wanted to find out how and why these woman end up on the streets and explore this via documentary film.

It's Only Doc'n'Roll But They Like It

Jason Holmes | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

It's in the documentary where a story's telling can be straighter, clearer and where new money can be made, as evinced by Doc'n'Roll, a new film festival that is helping to repopulate the world of the independent film-maker. All, thankfully, is not lost.

Heeeeeere's Jon Matthews!

Kay Smythe | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Kay Smythe

As I watched my friend shoot the opening scene to Jon Matthew's first feature Khali The Killer, I felt my stomach start to churn in a mixture of horror and anticipation.

Muslim Drag Queen Asifa Lahore Fears Backlash Over New Channel 4 Documentary

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Muslim drag queen, Asifa Lahore, has revealed concerns for his safety following the release of a new documentary about the gay Asian community. The...

The Wolfpack (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

Wolfpack is an engrossing story but I couldn't help wishing that a more skilful filmmaker than Crystal Moselle had stumbled across it.

Live Fast, Die Young and Leave a Beautiful Documentary

Paul Marshall | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

For the average stage school starstruck teenager, Amy should be mandatory viewing. If nothing else, it would serve as a stark reminder of the perils of mass popularity. Like a packet of cigarettes, this movie needs to come with a health warning attached.

London Open City Documentary Festival: The Need for More Documentaries

Carla Cretan | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Carla Cretan

A festival of documentaries is an alternative to mainstream media: any world documentary production goes through a process of being topically safe, legally vetted, format censored, content edited, politically correct abiding and fancy entertainment creative before they get mass distribution or shown at all.

Blair Steps Aside as 'We Are Many' Gains Momentum

Katy Gregory | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Politics
Katy Gregory

It was Percy Bysshe Shelley who penned the line "Ye are many -- they are few." On February 15, 2003, armed with this notion, the world marched agains...

The 5th Open City Documentary Festival Launches 16 June

Michael Stewart | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Michael Stewart

We are incredibly privileged to be running a festival of this sort in London and we try and give something back to the community that supports us - not just seed funding for one film project a year but through a whole panoply of workshops, meet-ups and networking events.

We Must Tackle Extremism Without Compromising Freedom of Speech

Deeyah Khan | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK
Deeyah Khan

Freedom of speech is a human right, and the foundation upon which democracy is built. Any restriction of freedom of speech is a restriction upon democracy. We must defend democracy using its own mechanisms, through explaining and exemplifying its merits rather than through the heavy-handed and arbitrary silencing of its critics.

The Blockheads: Beyond the Call of Dury

Mark Hillary | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Mark Hillary

As a band, The Blockheads should be legends - fully paid-up members of British music royalty. Many people will know them better as Ian Dury and the Bl...

Tubby Hayes: When Fans Remember a British Jazz Legend

Jason Holmes | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

"It's the classic story of crash and burn," says Mark Baxter, the writer of the new documentary film Tubby Hayes: A Man In A Hurry which hopes to do for one of this country's jazz greats what Searching For Sugar Man (2012) did for Sixto Rodriguez.

In Defence of Sports Direct

Chris Saunders | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Chris Saunders

If the makers had done a bit more research they would have discovered that as a company Sports Direct actually look after their long-serving workers, rewarding loyalty with shares and bonus schemes which can then be converted to hard cash.

This Is What It's Like To Date As A Transgender Woman

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A transgender woman, who has long been looking for love, has opened up about the trials and tribulations of dating. Alex Collins, who is set to app...

The 10-Year-Old Cowboy

Shaunagh Connaire | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Shaunagh Connaire

During my two weeks with this cowboy community, I tried to rationalize the gambles parents were taking with their kids. I compared bull riding to other, more familiar sports like rugby or hurling but I never really understood the point where the benefit outweighed the danger for them.

Who Owns Yoga? - The Feature Film Support Our Kickstarter Campaign

Bhanu Bhatnagar | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Bhanu Bhatnagar

Yoga is everywhere these days. It's fair to say it's become well and truly mainstream. In most Western cities yoga studios are as ubiquitous as fast-food joints or liquor stores. 20 million Americans say they practice yoga. So, what exactly is happening here? How can we explain the meteoric rise of yoga?

Before I Kick the Bucket

Rowena Kincaid | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rowena Kincaid

Everyone keeps asking me what's on my bucket list. The problem is: I don't actually have one. People seem surprised when I tell them that. Why? Are all terminally ill people expected to have bucket lists? Do they help in some way? 

India's Daughter: From Nonviolent Demonstrations to People's Revolution

Sumeet Grover | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Sumeet Grover

At the end of the film, the parents of the murdered girl, Jyoti, offer profound hope by reflecting that their daughter's name means 'light' and that even in death, Jyoti ignited a light in her country that continues to burn because the people have vowed to protest, to press for justice and equality for women.