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.
It's a vast subject, made even more complicated by the sheer variety of views about what film actually is. Is it most like photography, or novels, or plays, or cartoons, or something else again? Let me pick out just three of the issues I touched on.
I started Raindance in 1992 when many of the filmmakers submitting to this year's film festival were still in nappies.There is a consistent theme amongst the approximately 100,000 filmmakers who have submitted films to Raindance since then: Passion.
On Tuesday 11 November, the fifth UnderWire Festival will open at The Yard in Hackney Wick, founded by Gemma Mitchell and myself in 2010 with the aim to foreground female filmmaking talent... Unique to UnderWire, films selected for this award are of women's stories and feature female characters at their core.
I'm well aware of the stigma that comes when an actor works on music. I hate that preconception, but the only way to fight it is to be completely honest about it: this is who I am, this is what inspired me, this is what the album is about. I'm not hiding behind any gimmicks. It's been a really long journey to release this album - I spent almost a year playing Mandela - and I'm really excited that people will finally be able to hear it.
I am a self-acknowledged, self-confessed, self-help junkie. And like any self-help junkie worth her salt, I love a good quote. This week I came across one I reckoned you really ought to know about. "Character is the ability to follow through on a commitment after the initial enthusiasm has passed." Nifty, huh?
The film I plan to create differs from perhaps any undertaken to date. In recent years there has been a formulaic attitude to films about North Korea in which they revolve around highlighting the regime as a 'tyrannical pariah state'. What I am seeking to create is the first attempted apolitical film in perhaps the most politicized country in the world.
Many of the advancements in filmmaking and distribution techniques have had their birth courtesy of the porn industry. Filmmakers can improve their techniques, and their financial returns by looking at the lessons learned by their colleagues in the sex industry.