Documentary, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Courage (2021)

Imagine a world where your vote is worth less than the paper it is cast on. A world where loved ones simply disappear. A world where censorship of the arts and of newspapers is freely committed. This isn’t the plot of some dystopian novel or…

Documentary, Film Reviews, Raindance

REVIEW: The Rossellinis (Raindance 2021)

The Rossellini’s are one of the most recognisable names in film history starting with acclaimed director Roberto famed for Rome Open City and Voyage To Italy and his then wife – triple Oscar-winning actress Ingrid Bergman. The pair’s children Ingrid and Isabella have gone on…

Documentary, Film Reviews, Raindance

REVIEW: I’m Wanita (Raindance 2021)

Obscure music documentaries might not be for everyone but they can certainly help shine a light on the music and personalities of those involved. Searching For Sugarman earned rave reviews on its release in 2012. I’m Wanita which receives its European premiere at Raindance Film…

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REVIEW: Sunken Roads (2021)

The 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy were marked in June last year. The sad reality is that many of those who survived one of the most audacious tactical moves of World War Two were no longer around to see its anniversary being…

Documentary, Film Reviews

REVIEW: North by Current (2021)

True crime – be it a Netflix binge or podcast – is a genre beloved by many. The idea of solving a case; helping to piece together the past is endlessly appealing. But what happens when the crime that occurred did so close to home?…

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REVIEW: Our American Family (2021)

When you think of the classic “all American” family, you no doubt think of that cookie cutter image. You know, the one with kids called Betty and Timmy and a dog named Spot. The one where people earnestly say “gee” and “swell”. You probably don’t…

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REVIEW: Year of the Dog (2021)

Any dog owner can attest to the absolute purity of heart of their four-legged friends. To love and be loved by a dog is to know unwavering loyalty and profound companionship. Owning a dog is making a promise to care for and protect a creature…

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REVIEW: Fruits of Labor (2021)

The Donald Trump administration created an extremely hostile environment for immigrants all over America. Gone was the land of hope and dreams – replaced by threats and fears. Every immigrant, no matter where they came from, was deemed as a threat. No more so than…

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REVIEW: Getting Away with Murder(s) (2021)

Just last week, a former Nazi concentration camp secretary – who was charged with aiding and abetting the murder of thousands – absconded from her war crimes trial. The 96 year old, who worked at Stutthof camp, is offering up the defence that she was…

Documentary, Film Reviews, Venice 2021

REVIEW: Becoming Led Zeppelin (Venice 2021)

Bernard MacMahon’s officially sanctioned documentary Becoming Led Zeppelin is an amusing and indulgent, highly conventional ode to the band’s ‘supergroup’ origins. Featuring commentary from bassist John Paul Jones, singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page – with late drummer John Bonham appearing through historical radio interviews…