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What to watch at LFF

Perception diving: 3 films about changing the way we think

Jacques Cousteau U-turning on the environment. Human connection in a world of technological dependence. Digging into the truth about one’s own parents. Thee films at this year’s festival explore the potency of changing perceptions, says programme advisor Sophie Brown.

By Sophie Brown

Perception diving: 3 films about changing the way we think
Festivals

Speaking truth to cameras

By Sophie Brown

Speaking truth to cameras
Reviews

Ammonite discovers romance beneath the Victorian palaeontologist’s hard exterior

By Sophie Brown

Ammonite discovers romance beneath the Victorian palaeontologist’s hard exterior
Reviews

Simple Passion shows us a woman in the thrall of love

By Sophie Brown

Simple Passion shows us a woman in the thrall of love
Festivals

In the Same Breath: the Covid-19 pandemic goes under the microscope

By Sophie Brown

In the Same Breath: the Covid-19 pandemic goes under the microscope
Festivals

Homeroom: a turbulent but triumphant year for Oakland High's seniors

By Sophie Brown

Homeroom: a turbulent but triumphant year for Oakland High's seniors
Festivals

Cusp: a shocking, poetic portrait of a group of Texan teen girls

By Sophie Brown

Cusp: a shocking, poetic portrait of a group of Texan teen girls
Festivals

Ailey: a celebration of Alvin Ailey's choreography and the African-American experience

By Sophie Brown

Ailey: a celebration of Alvin Ailey's choreography and the African-American experience
Reviews

A Glitch in the Matrix: a chilling exploration of simulation theory

By Sophie Brown

A Glitch in the Matrix: a chilling exploration of simulation theory
Festivals

Try Harder!: Asian-American high-schoolers bid for college success

By Sophie Brown

Try Harder!: Asian-American high-schoolers bid for college success
Festivals

Users: a stunning exploration of modern motherhood

By Sophie Brown

Users: a stunning exploration of modern motherhood
Festivals

Rebel Hearts: Hollywood nuns fight for social justice

By Sophie Brown

Rebel Hearts: Hollywood nuns fight for social justice
Festivals

At the Ready: El Paso students lay down the law

By Sophie Brown

At the Ready: El Paso students lay down the law
Festivals

Sundance Film Festival 2021 blog

By Sophie Brown, Thomas Flew and others

Sundance Film Festival 2021 blog
The best of 2020

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets is an intoxicating immersion in a bar’s last stand

By Sophie Brown

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets is an intoxicating immersion in a bar’s last stand
Features

What to watch at LFF: Joining the dots between David Byrne, Delia Derbyshire and a dive bar in Las Vegas

By Sophie Brown

What to watch at LFF: Joining the dots between David Byrne, Delia Derbyshire and a dive bar in Las Vegas
Features

“May God burn their livers”: nonfiction Furies in Shooting the Mafia, The Disappearance of My Mother and Honeyland

By Sophie Brown

“May God burn their livers”: nonfiction Furies in Shooting the Mafia, The Disappearance of My Mother and Honeyland
News

Documentaries without borders at Mexico’s roving Ambulante 2019

By Sophie Brown

Documentaries without borders at Mexico’s roving Ambulante 2019
News

Dreaming an altered future at True/False 2019

By Sophie Brown

Dreaming an altered future at True/False 2019
Interviews

Erick Stoll on América: “We all have a responsibility to care for one another”

By Sophie Brown

Erick Stoll on América: “We all have a responsibility to care for one another”
News

Podcast: Six highlights of Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018

By Kelli Weston, Sophie Brown and others

Podcast: Six highlights of Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018
News

Film highlights of Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018

By Kelli Weston, Ben Nicholson and others

Film highlights of Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018
Features

Better caring through documentary?

By Sophie Brown

Better caring through documentary?
Interviews

Steady on the wing: how Ramia Suleiman completed Leonard Retel Helmrich’s The Long Season

By Sophie Brown

Steady on the wing: how Ramia Suleiman completed Leonard Retel Helmrich’s The Long Season
Interviews

Austin Lynch and Matthew Booth on Gray House: a film to live in

By Sophie Brown

Austin Lynch and Matthew Booth on Gray House: a film to live in
Lists

50 years of Belle de jour: 8 later films exploring transgressive female sexuality

By Sophie Brown

50 years of Belle de jour: 8 later films exploring transgressive female sexuality
Where to begin

Where to begin with Kelly Reichardt

By Sophie Brown

Where to begin with Kelly Reichardt
Reviews

Strong Island review: a haunting memento of institutional racism and personal grief

By Sophie Brown

Strong Island review: a haunting memento of institutional racism and personal grief
10 great

10 great films of 1997

By Geoff Andrew, Nikki Baughan and others

10 great films of 1997