Michael Fassbender narrates this documentary about the history of Formula One racing. The film chronicles the sport's development from the 1950s through to the present day, discussing the dangers of racing, particularly in the '70s when the cars became faster but safety measures were still poor. After a number of fatalities, including that of promising young Frenchman François Cevert in 1973, improvements were made to limit the dangers to drivers. It is now almost 20 years since the last F1 driver, Ayrton Senna, was killed in action. The documentary features interviews with Jackie Stewart, Mario Andretti, Niki Lauda, Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher and many others.
Samira Makhmalbaf, Claude Lelouch, Youssef Chahine
Eleven international directors were asked by producer Alain Brigand to record their own/culture/country's reactions to September 11th 2001; such as Iran from Samira Makhmalbaf, France from Claude Lelouch, Japan from Shohei Imamura through to Britain from Ken Loach and America from Sean Penn. Each film lasts exactly eleven minutes, nine seconds and one frame and, when watched with the other ten, shows the diverse effects the event had on the whole world.
Documentary about love and marriage directed by acclaimed film-maker Doug Block. Over the course of his career, Doug Block has supported himself by shooting weddings for couples looking to document their big day. 112 weddings later, Doug has contacted some of his favourite couples to find out what has become of their lives after the wedding and if they have found the happiness and security they originally sought. Interspersing interviews with footage of marriage ceremonies, Doug explores whether love really does conquer all.
Morgan Neville directs this Oscar-winning documentary exploring the often neglected role of backing singers in rock and roll history. Through tracing the stories of enduring vocal support artists such as Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer and Tata Vega from the heyday of rock and roll to the present day, the film endeavours to bring to the fore musicians whose voices adorn many of the most famous songs in pop history yet remain largely unknown. With artists such as David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley often employing African-Americans to provide their backing vocals, the film also highlights the importance of these singers as trailblazers for a more inclusive musical mainstream - though the individuals themselves never quite made it to centre-stage... The film won the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2014.
Documentary about the project undertaken by English photographer Tom Phillips. Each spring since 1973, Phillips has embarked upon a nine-mile walk taking photographs of 20 specific locations around South London. Having done this for 20 years, film-maker Jake Auerbach takes a look at how the chosen landscapes have changed in two decades.
Documentary about Australian musician, songwriter and author Nick Cave. Film-makers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard are given full access to Cave's studio as he is recording work for his 2013 album 'Push the Sky Away'. The film also provides an in-depth look at the artist's creative process and the forces which drive his work through a fictionalised 24-hour period which sees him come into contact with a number people he has collaborated with over the years including Kylie Minogue, Ray Winstone and Blixa Bargeld.
US documentary examining the aftermath of the 2012 murder of Jordan Davis in Jacksonville, Florida. On Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving in November 2012, Michael Dunn opened fire on a car of four black teenagers, whilst stopped at a petrol station, after an argument about their music, killing 17-year-old passenger Jordan Davis. The documentary follows Dunn's trial for first-degree murder, including footage from inside the courtroom, and examines the varying testimonies of those involved including Dunn's claim that he felt mortally threatened by the group. As well as exploring Florida's contentious stand-your-ground law, the feature looks at the double standards of the country's police and justice systems as Jordan's family seek justice for his death.
Documentary about Manhattan's 42nd Street. The film takes a look at the history of the famous street, exploring its development from farmland to the commercial hub it is today. The footage includes musical performances and personal accounts.
Academy Award-nominated documentary chronicling one Palestinian farmer's non-violent resistance to the incursions of the Israeli army. In 2005, when his son Gibreel is born, Emad Burnat, a Palestinian man living in the small farming village of Bil'in, buys his first video camera in order to keep a record of his son's childhood. However, on the day of Gibreel's birth, the Israeli army erects a fence along the Israeli-Palestinian border, cutting right through Bil'in. Over the next five years Burnat risks life and limb to capture the resulting land dispute between the villagers (led by two of his closest friends) and the Israeli armed forces, as well as documenting his Gibreel's childhood, which is inescapably affected by the conflict and violence that has surrounded him from birth.
Documentary about the controversial 100m race at the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988 and its effect on the world of sport. The race saw long-standing rival sprinters Ben Johnson and Carl Lewis take to the track once again. Although it was Johnson who won the gold medal and broke a new world record at the time, only a matter of hours later his title was taken from him when he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Becoming a significant turning point in the world of sport, the race brought the use of such drugs into the public domain and ushered in new legislation for athletes wishing to compete at professional and amateur levels. Film-maker Daniel Gordon conducts exclusive interviews with the competitors and attempts to dig deeper into the story while uncovering evidence of some potential foul play.
Collection of documentaries about America's War on Terror directed by Laura Poitras. The award-winning 'Citizenfour' (2014) focuses on former CIA and NSA employee Edward Snowden, who, in 2013, leaked classified information revealing a number of global surveillance programs. The film follows reporter Glenn Greenwald and Poitras as they travel to Hong Kong to meet with Snowdon in the days leading up to the revelations. The film won the Academy Award and BAFTA for Best Documentary. 'The Oath' (2010) focuses on two men who were involved in Al-Qaeda. Osama bin Laden's former bodyguard, Abu Jandal, reflects on his past and shares his opinions on the Western world. He is now working as a taxi driver and living in Yemen. Jandal's brother-in-law and bin Laden's driver, Salim Hamdan, met a much worse fate - he was found guilty of terrorism and resides in Guantanamo Bay's military prison, though he claims to be innocent. Jandal and the rest of Hamdan's family continue to fight for his freedom, despite knowing they are unlikely to ever succeed in their campaign. 'My Country, My Country' (2006) documents life for the average citizens of Iraq living under US occupation. Filmed in Baghdad during the country's 2005 elections, the feature centres around Sunni political candidate Dr. Riyadh al-Adhadh, an outspoken critic of Iraq's military occupation.
Semi-fictionalised documentary biography of British artist David Hockney in which the painter plays himself. After a difficult break-up, Hockney is left unable to paint, much to the concern of his friends. In time he gets back to the canvas, however, painting a swimming pool as the setting for his new work. The film provides a portrayal of London's art scene and gay culture during the early 1970s.
Documentary comedy from debut director Chris Waitt. Chris is a loser in love who's been jilted by every woman he's been out with. Now he's determined to discover why. Armed with a camera and a microphone, Chris sets out to interview all the girls he's ever dated in an effort to find out their reasons for dumping him. Whether he's actually ready to hear those reasons is another matter entirely...
Powerful documentary that warns of an impending oil-crisis. Taking a similar line to Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth', the premise behind this documentary is that we're all drinking in the last chance saloon. With testimonies from the world's energy experts, the film reaches the conclusion that oil reserves are disappearing fast, and that a crisis of global proportions looms. More worrying however, is the realisation that the major industrial societies have no back-up plan in place to deal with the inevitable shortage, and that unless western society re-invents its relation to energy needs, economic meltdown is inevitable.
Yael Hersonski directs this documentary derived from footage of an unfinished Nazi propaganda film. In 1998 evidence surfaced which showed the original film, shot in the Warsaw Ghetto, to be staged to show the Jewish people in a bad light, and therefore, to offer justification for the Nazis' treatment of the Jews during World War II. This documentary, which features interviews with survivors from the ghetto, offers a reconstruction of the footage captured by the Nazis.
Filmmaker Bruce Weber turns the camera on his own life in this abstract and poetic film, which focuses in particular on Weber's relationship with his golden retriever dogs, one of whom is named True. Weber's summer house by the sea, his personal friendships (including conversations with Elizabeth Taylor and home movies of Dirk Bogarde in Provence), his reflections on life in America post-9/11 and the effect of a close friend dying of AIDS are among the strands woven together in this highly personal documentary. Julie Christie and Marianne Faithfull co-narrate.
Documentary record of the 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, narrated by Laurence Olivier. The only feature-length document of the coronation to be filmed in Technicolor, the programme offers a glimpse into the pomp and ceremony of the occasion and approaches the event with a celebratory air. As well as footage of the ceremony itself, held at Westminster Abbey, coverage of the subsequent procession through London, with the streets lined with thousands of spectators, is included. Castleton Knight directs and produces, with music from Guy Warrack.
Documentary examining the relationship between film and childhood. Director Mark Cousins uses excerpts from movies made over the years to highlight the way children have informed and inspired certain film-makers in their work and what this means for the art form itself.
Documentary in which film-maker Mahdi Fleifel offers an insight into Palestinian refugee camp Ain el-Helweh. Fleifel spent much of his childhood at the camp before moving to Denmark with his family, but has returned on many occasions. From a young age he has been capturing life at Ain el-Helweh by recording a video diary in which he talks to those who reside there including his friend Abu Eyad. They have common interests in football and politics but while Mahdi can leave the camp whenever he wants, Abu has no choice but to remain in the harsh living conditions which can at times put their friendship under strain. The film takes a look at the camp over the years since it's construction in 1948 to the present day where it is now home to 70,000 refugees.