UK Documentary

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 18.04.2016 | 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 25.03.2016 | 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 17.03.2016 | 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 03.03.2016 | 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 23.02.2016 | 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 22.02.2016 | 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...

Interview With Malala Yousafzai - The Youngest Nobel Prize Winner

James Gilmore | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
James Gilmore

There are no words to contest with Malala's sentiment. Whilst jokes about boyfriends and Minions may make her crack up and laugh, there's nothing that can break the focus of her goal.

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.