Hale County This Morning, This Evening

2018 Director: RaMell Ross Words – Rhiannon Topham Distinctively intimate and poetic, the longitudinal ‘not-a-narrative’ narrative of Hale County This Morning, This Evening replaces traditional storytelling with a more immersive kind of portraiture, as told through a sociological observant lens. By fully engrossing himself in the Alabama community he comes to live and work in,…

Too Beautiful: Our Right To Fight – Director Q&A

Maceo Frost may be “100 percent new to this whole world” of successful documentary making, but following the glowing reception at the world premiere of his new film Too Beautiful: Our Right to Fight, you’d be forgiven for assuming he were a master craftsman with decades of practice. Too Beautiful is the personal story of…

When The War Comes

2018 Director: Jan Gebert Words: Josh Senior When the War Comes is a startling look at the rise of neo-fascism in Slovakia, and in particular the young paramilitary group ‘Slovak Recruits’ and their firebrand leader Peter Švrček. The Recruits are a small group of young men who style themselves as radical patriots, and protectors of…

Home Games

2018 Director: Alisa Kovalenko Words: Josh Senior Home Games is the debut feature length documentary from director Alisa Kovalenko. In her film we follow the plight of Alina Shilova, a gifted footballer who is also living on the margins of society in Kiev, Ukraine. Kovalenko spent two years practically living with Alina and her family…

Bruce Lee & The Outlaw

2018 Director: Joost Vandebrug Words – Christian Abbott One of the most wonderful things about documentary film is the feeling of discovery – discovery in knowledge and understanding, not just for the viewer, but also the filmmaker behind it. This was the feeling when walking out of Bruce Lee & The Outlaw, the debut film…

Room For A Man

2018 Director: Anthony Chidiac Words – Rhiannon Topham Room for a Man takes biographical filmmaking to the nth degree. Young gay Lebanese director Anthony Chidiac explores how his identity is situated in his long family history of traditionally masculine men and grapples with the complexities of intimacy and personal relationships. At home with his mother…

A Northern Soul

2018 A Northern Soul Director: Sean McAllister Words – Rhiannon Topham Sean McAllister returns to his native town of Hull in his new documentary A Northern Soul, a story which is reminiscent of the hardships depicted in his previous work A Syrian Love Story. McAllister brings the same kind of authenticity and sincerity to this…

What Is Democracy?

2018 Director: Astra Taylor Words – Rhiannon Topham What is it that makes life worth living? Is it justice? Freedom? Wealth? The ability to climb the social ladder? These are the questions Astra Taylor seeks to answer in her filmatic cultural essay, What is Democracy?. The most apt word to describe her work seems to…

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018

With 2018 marking its 25th year, Sheffield Doc/Fest is the UK’s premier documentary festival, screening compelling stories from around the world. Taking place at a multitude of venues across Sheffield, here’s our look at a selection of films featured at the festival in 2018. click on the film title to see our review   A…

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018 selection

Now in its 25th year, Sheffield Doc/Fest is the UK’s premier documentary festival, screening compelling stories from across the world. Taking place in Sheffield June 7th – 12th 2018, the festival prides itself in diversity, with the tagline – What’s Your Story? Here’s our selection of 12 films from the over 200 features you can…