As the winners of the 2014 Impact Award are announced, it is a good day to honour the work of documentary filmmakers everywhere. In particular, their role in documenting, highlighting and explaining human rights abuses and human rights protests even in places that western journalists cannot reach.
Pamela Yates' film 'Granito' is one of the five winners of this year's BRITDOC Impact Award. This impressive body of work is matched by their intentional, trust-based relationships with key partners across these countries to ensure their films could contribute to the growth and success of the movements they were documenting.
The Hunger Games made it acceptable for boys to embrace a female perspective. In doing so it opened the floodgates to dystopians with female main characters and a broader readership base. As an aspiring YA author, I'm proud this is where the trend is gaining momentum. The new generation is showing us they can look past the gender roles we are trying to force upon them.
There have been so many films that have touched and altered my perception over the years that I couldn't begin to single out the few that have been the most impactful, but if we only look at some of the films of the past year and the conversations, debate and change they are driving, we start to see how important and irreplaceable these films and filmmakers are.
From a relatively unknown writer in the 90's, Jonathan Nolan has established himself as a popular name, thanks to co-writing credits he has received for The Prestige (2006), The Dark Knight (2008), The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and more recently, Interstellar (2014).
Every year new documentary filmmakers step forward driven by the same mix of optimism and pessimism. They hope that their story can cut through the noise and communicate with enough people, or maybe just the right people, to make a difference.
From this month audiences are invited to become a part of the interactive show, joining in with all of the film's original songs, including 'Let It Go', the chart-topping song that has so far received over 500 million YouTube views!
I remember my first time like it was yesterday. I was 21 years old, and it was an incredibly emotional experience. Over the course of an hour, I had laughed, cried, and, believe it or not, my life flashed before my eyes. It was my first time watching a documentary that jumped out and moved me to the core - and compelled me to want to do something.
In one of the strangest coincidences of all time, I had actually spent this very afternoon making weak jokes to a friend about how the new version of Paddington Bear was edgier, darker and, yes, sexier than previous versions. Turns out I was right.
Churchill famously described Russia as "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma." The description could as easily stand for what the best teaser marketing looks to achieve.
Documentary film is a vital component in holding both governments and corporations to account. In celebrating the documentaries that impact our society we help to keep the legacy of these films and their campaigns alive.
The diversity issue is everywhere of late and I don't think it's unfair to say that there is a 'Diversity Zeitgeist' in the UK. Most people in the TV and film industry are acknowledging that the time has come for our screens to reflect our current society a little more closely.
The acting is absolutely superb with a stunning central performance from the internet's favourite actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, whose portrayal of the tragic hero is full of depth.
A steady stream of snowsport films have been doing the rounds over the past two months, delighting audiences with storms of snowy escapism. This year, a select few have managed to entertain crowds with a degree of artistic flare, accelerating the evolution of ski and snowboard film production into a new realm of action film.
Stations of the Cross, winner of the Silver Bear for Best Script at this year's Berlin Film Festival, tackles aspects of religious fundamentalism within the social and family structure and its practical application to contemporary society whilst addressing some contradictory positions regarding God.
When Lily imagines people crying in her movies, she probably thinks it's a delicate, salty trickle down their faces. But not me. Leaving an advanced session of her latest movie Love, Rosie was like trying to walk straight with a waterfall of tears and mascara gushing down my front.