Once Aurora – director interview

Once Aurora is a coming-of-age music documentary that’s as uplifting as it is potent. See our feature review of the film >here<. We interviewed director Benjamin Langeland and producer Thorvald Nilsen following the film’s UK Premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019.   Reel Steel: What’s the reception been to the film so far? Thorvald Nilsen: It’s…

A Bigger Splash

1974 Director: Jack Hazan Words – Rhiannon Topham I can imagine the wave of disinterestedness when A Bigger Splash originally came out. A semi-fictionalised docu-drama about the story behind David Hockney’s famous painting of the same name, it is essentially an hour plus of ‘beautiful’ people doing ‘interesting’ things as they go about their charmed…

Once Aurora

Once Aurora Directors: Stian Servoss, Benjamin Langeland Words – Rhiannon Topham I’d never heard of Aurora Aksnes, or AURORA as she’s known to her fans, prior to this documentary. But having spent just over an hour with her (sort of), I now feel like I know her quite well. We’re roughly the same age, but…

Dark Suns

Dark Suns Director: Julien Elie Words – Rhiannon Topham Sometimes you watch a documentary and it leaves such a profound imprint on your mind, you kick yourself for having been so ignorant to the subject matter before viewing. Dark Suns, director Julien Elie’s first film in 15 years, is one of those documentaries. A haunting…

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019

With 2019 marking its 26th year, Sheffield Doc/Fest is the UK’s premier documentary film festival. Under the tagline “Ways of Seeing” the festival prides itself in diversity, screening compelling stories from around the world. See our look at some of the films featured in 2019. Click on the film title to see our review.  …

Doel

2018 Director: Frederik Solberg Words – Christian Abbott What does it mean to call a place home and what would you do to protect it? This very question seems to be at the heart of Frederik Solberg’s film – Doel. Named after the Belgian town itself, it is surrounded by an immense industrial landscape –…

The Eyes of Orson Welles

2018 Director: Mark Cousins Words – Christian Abbott Orson Welles was and is one of the most beloved and well known of Hollywood’s pantheon. He was an actor, director, radio personality and as Mark Cousins explores here, a painter. Many would question what more could be said about Welles, there are countless books, films, television…

A Northern Soul – Director Q&A

2018 A Northern Soul Director: Sean McAllister Words – Christian Abbott Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018 kicked off this year with the world premiere of A Northern Soul, the latest film from director/filmmaker Sean McAllister. It sees him return to his home town of Hull after a career of exploring the world through cinema. Hull recently became…

Boys Who Like Girls – Director Q&A

Boys Who Like Girls follows the work of Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA), a group in India addressing gender issues, and the story of one boy, Ved, as he deals with family, school and the challenging culture of gender inequality. See our full review of the film >here<. We spoke to Inka Achte, director…

For The Birds – Director Q&A

Richard Miron, director of For the Birds, reflects on discovering protagonist Kathy Murphy’s surreal story while studying his undergraduate degree at Yale University and the profound impact of emotional connection when making a documentary. You can see our full review of the film >here<.   Reel Steel: I suppose the first question I really want…