UK Documentary

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

Rob Leane | Posted 10.04.2014 | 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.

WATCH: Meet The Guy Who Ran 135 Miles For 32 Hours Straight

The Huffington Post UK | Patricia Doma | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Scorching weather. Running 32 hours 49 minutes 20 seconds. All alone with your trusty GoPro and trainers. Meet 41-year-old Josh Spector, the guy w...

The Modern Documentary

Esther Hayden | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Esther Hayden

Reality TV in documentary style is now endemic over every station and picking up frequency, Sex, Singing And Not Spending Money could be the title used for nearly every one of these.

Man Up

Olivia Lee | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Olivia Lee

What I thought was going to be a light hearted entertainment show turned into a much deeper exploration of the role of men within society. Due to the rise of feminism, women are more successful than ever and it does leave you wondering if this shift in the sexes has turned some men (not ALL - but certainly the ones on the show) into boys?

Louis Theroux: 'LA Stories - City of Dogs' Review

Mark Varley | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mark Varley

City of Dogs is the first of a new three part series that explores compelling issues that plague a City suffering from an over population of stray dogs, a notorious healthcare system and high numbers of sex offenders.

Caroline Frost

DOCUMENTARY: The Mysterious Frenchman Who Plotted For Peace In South Africa

HuffingtonPost.com | Caroline Frost | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Entertainment

Talking of revolution in South Africa, the names Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, F W De Klerk, Joe Slovo and others all spring immediately to mind. ...

How One Project Is Making Nature Cool

Zion Lights | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Zion Lights

Enter Project Wild Thing, which was launched last September. How successful is nature as a brand? 'Nobody really knows', David says. For someone who is taking on the immense task of marketing nature to children, he is a remarkably humble man. 'I'm not saying it's changing their lives,' he tells me, 'but it's making them question.'

The Sapeurs - The Men Inside the Suits

Héctor MediaVilla | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Héctor MediaVilla

Before meeting the Sapeurs in 2003, I had never really been interested in fashion per se. As a film maker, photogapher and visual storyteller, I was fond of real people's stories that revealed the complexity of our world.

Jon Savage Talks 'Teenage'

Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams

Teenage uses archive footage alongside narrated stories of real young people of the time, the film explores the birth of the modern teenager as well as early subcultures like the Bright Young Things and the Swing movement in the United States. The film also explores what life was like for teenagers under the Nazis.

'Born to Be Wild': The Golden Age of American Rock - Welcome to the Jungle

James Hale | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
James Hale

By the 1980's, mainstream American rock music had moved far away from the protest and revolution of the 1960s and was more concerned with sex, drugs, partying and having a good time. All the time. Hey it was the 80s so it was allowed, apparently.

Filming Like Giants for BBC One's 'Hidden Kingdoms'

Mike Gunton | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mike Gunton

For nearly 25 years of wildlife filmmaking I have been quietly fascinated by the unsung heroes, the little creatures, that live beneath our feet. I have encouraged their inclusion in the odd sequence or two in many or the programmes I've been involved in from The Trials of Life to Africa.

Is Giving One Pound Enough?

David Erasmus | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Erasmus

We cannot focus only on the things seemingly out of our control, and fall into the trap of acting like powerless victims! We must recognise that whilst our lives are full of contradictions our everyday actions do shape our future.

'Benefits Street' Uses Its Power to Kick Those Without a Voice

Katharine Round | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK
Katharine Round

I find it incredibly sad then that in a world where the powerful get ever more so, those without a voice are increasingly denied any real medium to express themselves in mainstream TV. I'm sure the producers are thrilled with the response to Benefits Street... Whipping up a storm is just what they wanted.

Climate Change - 'The Ultimate in Boring Conversation'?

Gregor Smith | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

German magazine Der Spiegel recently conducted an interview with Randy Olson, a renowned biology professor and producer of documentaries, primarily su...

Shape Creatives - the Shape of Things to Come

Mik Scarlet | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mik Scarlet

Shape Creatives is a series of seven films highlighting the cream of talent within the Disability Arts scene. Funded by the Arts Council and the Lottery Fund through the arts charity Shape Arts it captures a moment at which I feel Disabled Art is about to break through into the mainstream.

Our Documentary - Mandela: The World That Made Him

Gerald Fox | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gerald Fox

At the weekend the world watched in sadness as Nelson Mandela was finally laid to rest in the lush green hills and valleys of Qunu, his childhood home... This time last year my sister Jacqui and I travelled there to try and discover what it was about this place that made Mandela the man he became and provided him with a framework for leadership from which he could draw forever.

The Nature Dollar

David Bond | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
David Bond

It's always nice to get a good review. Here at my production company Green Lions, we have just spent three years of our lives on a film, PROJECT WILD THING and it is gratifying to find out that people enjoyed it.

Film Review - The Act of Killing

Lucy Popescu | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lucy Popescu

Although it does not make easy viewing, Joshua Oppenheimer's surreal and chilling documentary, The Act of Killing, recently released on DVD, is a must see.

The Best Things in Life Are Trees

David Bond | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

This week is the 40th anniversary of National Tree Week. Coordinated by the Tree Council, it marks the start of the winter tree planting season. There are events all over the country, bringing together community groups, schools, and conservation charities...

Welcome to the Zombie Crowd

David Bond | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

When should children be allowed onto Facebook? The site says it only accepts users over the age of 13. New research published this week by Internet security giant McAfee and the Anti-Bullying Alliance says that most children use the Internet away from their parents' watchful eyes (which I can quite understand).

The 19th Aldeburgh Documentary Film Festival

Diana Quick | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Diana Quick

It is only a couple of days now to the next Aldeburgh Documentary Festival which I have been curating for the last few years... Someone wrote that we punch above our weight at this festival, and I have spent much of today trying to make sure we keep up the standard.

Elvis Costello: Making the First-Ever Documentary Portrait

Mark Kidel | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mark Kidel

Less Than Zero was written and performed by an unknown with the unlikely name of Elvis Costello. That someone should have the chutzpah to steal the name of the King of rock'n'roll seemed preposterous: Elvis Presley was still alive at the time. This, I told myself, had better be good! And it was just that.

With Google Translate I Thee Wed?

Alan Dein | Posted 25.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Alan Dein

I first met Bryan online nearly two years ago, during a series of interviews for a BBC Radio 4 series called Don't Log Off that has been on the air since January 2012. The concept of the show is to seek out people's stories from all over the world - not by traditional or conventional research methods.

The Armstrong Lie and Its Seven Deadly Sins

Stephen Hull | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stephen Hull

'Yeah, he won the Tour de France seven times,' are the last words spoken in the much hyped documentary The Armstrong Lie. The words are spoken by Lance Armstrong himself. Lance Armstrong the self-confessed drugs cheat, fraud, liar and bully. If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that Lance Armstrong certainly didn't win the Tour de France seven times.

Exposing Britain's Booming Cannabis Industry

Conor Woodman | Posted 15.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Conor Woodman

Over the last three months, I've been making a film for ITV's Exposure strand on Britain's cannabis industry. I wanted to take a different approach to the usual 'blue light', following the police style of law and order programming that we've seen a lot of on our screens in recent years and get inside the cannabis business to see it from the criminals point-of-view.