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  • Screen or scream? Fight or flight? Penny Woolcock and Ross McElwee on the perils of festivals

    As they prepare for work-in-progress screenings at the Otherfield Film Festival on a farm in Suffolk, filmmakers Penny Woolcock and Ross McElwee remember the kinds of festival experience they’d like to get away from.

    Penny Woolcock, Ross McElwee
    Friday 8 July 2016

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  • Crossing a line? Character-filmmaker collusions at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016

    From John Berger’s friends in Quincy to Mark Duggan’s friends in London, a hip hop wannabe in Iran to an animal-rights crusader in America, many of this year’s Doc/Fest characters and filmmakers seemed more or less hand in glove, for better or worse, reports Ben Nicholson.

    Ben Nicholson
    Friday 8 July 2016

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  • Warland of hypnosis and knowledge: Ukraine in the mirror

    “Divided in mind” as well as in identity, Ukrainians get to see themselves on screen at their DocuDays film festival, which has valiantly nurtured a media-savvy audience over the past 14 years. This year, of course, provided plenty to open eyes and minds, reports Eero Tammi.

    Eero Tammi
    Monday 20 June 2016

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  • Look back in wonder: FLARE 2016 critics’ roundtable

    On its thirtieth anniversary, the erstwhile London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival had plenty to reflect on, from biopics and revionist histories and rereleases to the new places queer cinema is going. Claire Kurylowski, Sophie Mayer and Ben Walters share notes in this podcast.

    Claire Kurylowski, Sophie Mayer, Ben Walters
    Monday 20 June 2016

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  • Closer: Sundance London 2016

    After three years in the hinterlands and a year off to take stock, the premiere US indie showcase finally popped up in the heart of the capital with a hit-and-miss taster programme of premieres and talks. So what kind of outreach is this, asks Simran Hans?

    Simran Hans
    Thursday 16 June 2016

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  • The rise of female documentary makers in Mexico

    Mexico may not be the easiest country in which to be a woman, and its cinema’s pecking order is as macho as most. But at this year’s Ambulante documentary festival, six female-directed finds show the country’s subordinate sex finding its voice, reports Neil Young.

    Neil Young
    Friday 10 June 2016

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  • The new guard: an interview with the new heads of Sheffield Doc/Fest

    With a new leadership team in place, can the UK’s top showcase for nonfiction film replenish itself, asks Nick Bradshaw?

    Nick Bradshaw
    Friday 10 June 2016

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  • Come show off with us: Flatpack’s ten years of public spaces and spirits

    Birmingham’s peerlessly eclectic Flatpack Film Festival marked its first decade with more of the regional and communal celebration that makes it special. Thirza Wakefield rounds up three rum portraits of 1970s community-art action, 80s Nottingham breakdancing and 1990 video stars in Blyth.

    Thirza Wakefield
    Friday 27 May 2016

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  • Outside in: creative cinematic documentary comes to the UK

    Taking inspiration from founts of nonfiction heterodoxy like CPH:DOX and True/False, the ICA’s Frames of Representation festival found a ready audience for its inaugural eight-film showcase of documentary ‘new visions’ from less beaten corners of the world, reports Ben Nicholson.

    Ben Nicholson
    Friday 27 May 2016

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  • Cannes 2016: all the awards, and reaction

    Ken Loach wins his second Palme d’Or, Andrea Arnold wins her third Jury Prize and Iran’s Asghar Farhadi wins two awards for best actor and screenplay – but Maren Ade’s widely admired Toni Erdmann leaves empty-handed. Do juries shun comedies? Do actors always lean to theatre stories, wonders Nick James?

    Nick James
    Sunday 22 May 2016

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