UK Documentary

How One Boy With Autism Changed The Way I See The World

Takuya Maruyama | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Takuya Maruyama

There are so many people, like Naoki and myself, who are struggling to find a way to live with enormous challenges. Together, I hoped we might be able to help and guide people in today's world, because disability, disease, accident and bereavement are life-changing events that we all have to face.

BBC Drama The Moorside Failed The Dewsbury Community

Rhammel Afflick | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Rhammel Afflick

By erasing the Asian community of Dewsbury, the BBC have not only done a disservice to that community but to the wider Asian community in the UK. It's time for the BBC, and other key influencers to take responsibility for the ramifications of their actions, and the real and immediate action they can take to ensure these issues become a thing of the past.

Debbie Reynolds And Carrie Fisher: Their Legendary Mother-Daughter Moments

Jay McCarthy | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jay McCarthy

The mother-daughter dynamic between Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher was both hilarious and heart-rending. We've all had those toe-curling "Mom, noooooooo!" moments, but Debbie took it to a whole new level when it came to embarrassing her daughter.

Including Abdul Haq In 'Muslims Like Us' Allowed Us To Challenge And Debate His Views

Fatima Salaria | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK
Fatima Salaria

Viewers will end up concluding that people like Abdul Haq do not speak for Muslims as a whole and that moderate Muslims can, and do, challenge such voices. They will also see that British Muslims can just be as intelligent, compassionate, mean, rude, polite, and dysfunctional as any other community in Britain. In that sense, the programme is humanising.

Josh Savage On How To Build A Music Fan Base

Adam Hamdy | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

I first wrote about Josh Savage in October 2013. A gifted musician and vocalist, Josh has a great musical pedigree, having sung as a soloist at L'Aca...

Iran's Looming Water Crisis Leaves Farmers With A Stark Choice

Arwa Aburawa | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK
Arwa Aburawa

As the wells and dwindling groundwater resources run dry the farmers are left with a stark choice; either reform their traditional, yet wasteful, irrigation practices or abandon their family land for nearby, dense urban centres where they will have find work outside their skill set.

Conceptual Art: Taking The Piss?

Dan Einav | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Dan Einav

In a post-Duchamp world where anything goes, sh*tting in a box, scrunching up some paper, crawling on glass, or putting a shark in some jelly all seems a bit pointless and boring. If you want to create an artwork that's really shocking today, pick up a paintbrush.

The Making of Android In La La Land

Mik Scarlet | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Mik Scarlet

This week Android In La La Land, the documentary on seminal electronic musician Gary Numan, hits cinemas in the UK. I met up with the director Steve Read to get the skinny on the making of the movie.

Did BBC Look at Refugee Life Through Rose Tinted Spectacles?

Sam Slota-Newson | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK
Sam Slota-Newson

It's fantastic to see the media portraying refugees as human and hopeful and the BBC's Our Desert Home is worlds away from the regularly demonised refugees of the tabloids and poisonous political rhetoric of recent months.

The Art of Her at the Soho Hotel, London (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

The screening of documentary The Queen's suite was the first event organised by filmmaker Corine Dhondee for female filmmakers of colour and held at celebrity haunt Soho Hotel (on the night, a gaggle of fans were waiting for Expendables star Dolph Lundgren).

Extreme Dialogue: Former Extremists Can Help Teachers Educate Young People About Radicalisation

Henry Tuck | Posted 02.08.2016 | UK
Henry Tuck

Extremists attack schools and universities, and kidnap and murder pupils, teachers and academics because they fear genuine education. If we do not actively confront their abhorrent views they will take advantage of our silence. Young people will make up their own minds. We need to make sure they get the facts.

NOVA Magazine Is Back

Lou Mensah | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Lou Mensah

New director brings Nova, the controversial magazine of the 60's to the cinema. Credit Film Still © Kes Glozier & Nate Camponi Kez Glozier. Creat...

The Hard Stop (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

There's something undeniably poignant about director George Amponsah's sprawling documentary about Marcus Knox and Kurtis Henville, friends of Mark Duggan, whose death at the hands of the police sparked the riots in 2011.

Notes on Blindness: Sensory Cinema and the Beauty of Cognition

Kevin J. Hunt | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Kevin J. Hunt

The experience of Notes on Blindness and its phenomenal ability to share something of John Hull's perception of the world certainly makes it seem like this is possible.

Documentary Films, Mass Killing and the Urgent Need to Remember

Julia Wagner | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK
Julia Wagner

We urgently need documentary films about events that took place in the 1940s, 50s and 60s globally and locally, now because of the threat to living memory. Soon we will only be able to document new information from the sons and daughters of the era. And if I can't even recall my actions or find my notebook from three years ago, what hope do we have on a national or international scale of remembering the past?

Anti-Mothers, Uber-Mothers, Passive Mothers and the Making of Murderers

Dr Elizabeth Yardley | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Dr Elizabeth Yardley

Through examining 10 cases in Murderers and their Mothers, I have begun to unpick the complex fabric of the killer by pulling at the "mother" thread. Why such an emphasis on mothers? What about the fathers? Isn't this sexist? These are questions that I have encountered a lot over the past few months.

A Letter to the People of the UK From a Syrian Mother

Hala Kamil | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Hala Kamil

In 2014 my husband was kidnapped by ISIS. I do not know if he is alive or dead, and every day I pray for some news of his well-being. Eighteen months ago we made the difficult decision to leave. But the problem throughout the world is that nobody wants Syrian people. To the rest of the world Syrian people and their children are very cheap; their blood is very cheap. We don't come to Europe to eat, we don't come here to have a flat. I stayed for years in Syria without much food, we stayed for five years without a lot of things. I don't want to eat, and I can stay in the streets if I need to. But I don't want to see my children dead in front of my eyes.

'All Man' - Lessons Learned From Making the Documentary With Grayson Perry

Neil Crombie | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Neil Crombie

It's one of Grayson's greatest gifts as a documentary voice to ask the questions to which he's genuinely curious to know the answer. Not rocket-science you might think, but so much television interviewing is really a targeted exercise in quote-harvesting.

How Should I Feel?

Angela Samata | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Angela Samata

I felt grateful for the opportunity that our BAFTA nomination offered: an opportunity to continue to challenge the stigma that so many of us feel; the opportunity to highlight the issues raised in our film again.

The Divide - A Document Of Our Time

Mik Scarlet | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Mik Scarlet

Katherine Round's film explores a key issue of the modern age, the ever growing gap between the "have's" and "have not's", our obsession with wealth and the growing feeling that capitalism isn't working. It is shot beautifully, and this cinematography embraces and cuddles you as you follow the lives of people on both sides of the wealth divide.

A Window of Hope for Mental Health

Dr Tony Rao | Posted 26.03.2017 | UK
Dr Tony Rao

Mental illness is now on the map. Let it not be eroded and eventually washed away by a sea of denial and ignorance.

Women's Experiences Completely Missing in Modern Day Slavery Documentary by BBC

Hanna Gunnarsson | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Hanna Gunnarsson

Nowhere in its description does the BBC state that this is a documentary merely reflecting men's experiences. That leads me to ask the following questions: Are women's experiences niched? Can we really accept that women's experiences are treated as niched?

One Punch Changed My Life - But Meeting My Victim's Parents Brought Me Back From the Brink

Jacob Dunne | Posted 04.03.2017 | UK
Jacob Dunne

Standing outside the room my palms were clammy, I had pins and needles in my face and could feel nausea rising from my stomach. I stalled - I couldn't go through the door. All those months in prison flashed through my mind, as well as the moment I threw the punch that changed our lives. Walking in and meeting Joan and David, the parents of 28-year-old James Hodgkinson who I killed with a single punch, was something I needed to do. I knew how important it was for me to tell them how sorry I was face to face.

Watching Angela Samata's BBC Documentary: 'Life After Suicide' Has Highlighted the Pain and Devastation Left Behind

Sanchita Islam | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Sanchita Islam

After watching 'Life after Suicide', part of a BBC 1 series about mental health, I have to say this incredible documentary has changed something inside me irrevocably. Although suicidal ideation is habitual and I try to shield those around me from such dark thoughts, seeing this documentary was very healing and profoundly moving.

Giles Duley: 'For Shumi, Leaving the Hospital Was a Huge Mental Hurdle'

Lucy Wilson | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Wilson

In October 2015, photojournalist Giles Duley met acid attack survivor Shumi Akhtar at a clinic in Bangladesh.Channel 4's Unreported World episode tell...