Spring-summer 2017

HOT DOCS

The real world provides the inspiration for a range of fascinating documentaries. Various remarkable characters from the turn of the twentieth century to the nineteen sixties are brought to the screen, along with contemporary life in the form of cutting edge science and one of the UK’s most exciting new bands.

The Creeping Garden (Arrow)

“The Creeping Garden” is an award-winning feature-length creative documentary exploring the extraordinary world of the plasmodial slime mould as revealed through the eyes of the fringe scientists, mycologists and artists who work with them. Long overlooked by biologists, in recent years this curious organism has become the focus of much research in such areas as biological-inspired design, emergence theory, unconventional computing and robot engineering, much of which borders on the world of science fiction. The film transports us from the laboratory into its natural habitat, depicting these otherworldly lifeforms using startling time-lapse macro-cinematography to reveal hidden facets of the world around us.

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Gleason (Arrow)

Clay Tweel directs this documentary which tells the story of former American Football player for the New Orleans Saints Steve Gleason, who was diagnosed with the debilitating motor neuron disease known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 2011. Captured during a five-year period post-diagnosis, the film follows Steve as he bravely battles worsening symptoms while also attempting to raise his young son with wife Michel. Also featured are contributions from former teammates such as Scott Fujita and Drew Brees.

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I Am Not Your Negro (Altitude)

Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and with unprecedented access to acclaimed writer and playwright  James Baldwin’s original work, award-winning filmmaker Raoul Peck (Murder in Pacot, Moloch Tropical, Sometimes in April, Lumumba), has completed the cinematic version of the book Baldwin never wrote - a radical narration about race in America that tracks the lives and assassinations of Baldwin’s friends, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers.  Whilst it is partly anchored in the struggle for equality in the 50s and 60s, “I Am Not Your Negro” is about what it means to be black in America today. 

See it in cinemas from April 07th

Citizen Jane: Battle For The City (Dogwoof)

In 1960 Jane Jacobs’s book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist, who was involved in many fights in mid-century New York, to stop “master builder” Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. This film sets out to examine the city of today though the lens of one of its greatest champions.

See it in cinemas from May 05th

Bunch of Kunst (Munro)

Following Nottingham’s contemporary punk duo “Sleaford Mods” on their two-year journey from bedroom recording sessions to chart success, Christine Franz’s official documentary feature tells the story of three guys taking on the music business on their own terms. 

See it in cinemas from April 21st

Letters From Baghdad (Verve)

Gertrude Lowthian Bell, sometimes called "the female Lawrence of Arabia" was a British adventurer, archaeologist and political powerhouse, who helped shape the modern Middle East after World War One. Voiced and executive produced by Tilda Swinton, the film chronicles Bell’s journey into the uncharted Arabian desert and all-male halls of colonial power with never-seen-before archival footage of the region shot a century ago. The film takes us into a past that is eerily current.

See it in cinemas from April 21st