UK Documentary

How Should I Feel?

Angela Samata | Posted 02.05.2016 | 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.

'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.