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Chris Smith’s 1999 film followed low-budget filmmaker Mark Borchardt for a year of travails that somehow emerged as comedic. But did the laughs came from sympathy, exploitation or a complex collaboration between director and subject, asks Robert Greene.
Wednesday 6 November 2019
Feminine anger surges through some of 2019’s best documentary subjects, from one filmmaker’s firebrand mother to a pioneering news photographer and a duo scraping a living in rural Macedonia, writes Sophie Brown.
Monday 16 September 2019
How can cinema make visible the digital data transfers that increasingly dominate our lives? Jehane Noujaim’s and Karim Amer’s new doc on the Cambridge Analytica scandal (and Sleater-Kinney’s new music video) step up to the challenge, says So Mayer.
Wednesday 28 August 2019
AOC’s star turn in Knock Down the House puts Robert Greene in mind of the all-time great nonfiction cinema protagonists.
Thursday 6 June 2019
A new mode of movies actively engages with the way we live our lives online through social media and what that means for the stability of our self-identity and our interactions with others, writes Ben Nicholson.
Friday 19 April 2019
RaMell Ross’s poetically fragmented documentary offers an intimate view of a small African American community in Alabama, while proving that sometimes you can see the world differently just by sitting still and taking the time to look at it, writes Luke Moody.
Thursday 17 January 2019
If documentaries can react to our times faster than fiction films, how do the latest from three American masters – Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9, Errol Morris’s American Dharma and Fred Wiseman’s Monrovia, Indiana – probe the meaning of Trumpism, asks Tom Charity.
Wednesday 17 October 2018
Considering Island, Steven Eastwood’s documentary portrait of four dying patients at a hospice on the Isle of Wight, Sophie Monks Kaufman asks: why are we drawn to fictional moving images of death, yet fear their nonfiction counterparts?
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Friday 14 September 2018
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