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American Valhalla

'American Valhalla': Sheffield Review

Iggy Pop gets on a roll with Joshua Homme as they make the album ‘Post Pop Depression’

The Departure

'The Departure': Sheffield Review

An affecting documentary about Japan’s Zen Buddhist priest who counsels the suicidal and the toll it takes on his own mental health

A River Below

'A River Below': Sheffield Review

The pink river dolphin of the Amazon is the focal point of this unexpectedly compelling documentary

A Better Man

'A Better Man': Hot Docs Review

Raw and honest first-person documentary about domestic abuse

Playing God

'Playing God': Hot Docs Review

Doc tracks the ‘Master of Disaster’ Ken Feinberg as he assigns compensation to the victims of 9/11 and other tragedies

Bobbi Jene

'Bobbi Jene': Tribeca Review

Elvira Lind’s remarkable documentary follows two years in the life of provocative dancer Bobbi Jene Smith


'Elián’: Hot Docs Review

The five year-old boy found floating in the Florida Straits in 1999 tells his side of the story

Bee Nation

'Bee Nation': Hot Docs Review

Crowd-pleaser set on Canada’s First Nation reserves opens Toronto’s Hot Docs festival

Frank Serpico

'Frank Serpico': Tribeca Review

Dir/scr: Antonino D’Ambrosio. US. 2017. 96mins

Whitney Houston

Whitney 'Can I Be Me': Tribeca Review

It may be unauthorised, but Nick Broomfield’s story of a beautiful diva’s descent into drugs is certainly respectful

House of Z

'House Of Z': Tribeca Review

There’s no shortage of fashion drama to feed this documentary about couture’s former enfant terrible Zac Posen

A Gray State

A Gray State: Tribeca Review

A highly-topical and resonant trip down the alt-right rabbit hole, produced by Werner Herzog

A Suitable Girl

'A Suitable Girl': Tribeca Review

Dirs: Sarita Khurana, Smriti Mundhra. USA-India. 2017. 97 mins.

The Death And Life Of Marsha P. Johnson

'The Death And Life Of Marsha P. Johnson': Review

A sobering documentary looks at how transgender people have been treated as second-class citizens, even in the LGBT movement

Born In China

'Born In China': Review

Disneynature’s latest documentary tells a year in the life of China’s diverse wildlife

the Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

'The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin': Review

A nostalgia-tinged look at the writer of the beloved Tales of the City series

Bill Nye: Science Guy

'Bill Nye: Science Guy': SXSW Review

Bill Nye takes on climate change deniers and creationists in this affectionate documentary

I Am Another You

'I Am Another You': SXSW Review

‘Hooligan Sparrow’ director Nanfu Wang documents a trip across the United States with a Utah-born drifter


'Dina': Review

Documentary about the hurdles facing an autistic couple which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance

Cries From Syria

'Cries From Syria': Review

Comprehensive HBO doc on Syria takes an awards qualifying run in the US before hitting small screens there

The Farthest

'The Farthest': Dublin Review

Emer Reynolds tracks the Voyager interstellar mission in a cathartic and moving documentary

Chasing Coral

'Chasing Coral': Review

Exciting and cinematic, Netflix-acquired doc Chasing Coral tracks the disappearance of this crucial ecosystem

California Dreams

'California Dreams': Berlin Review

Five actors try for the big time in a documentary which tracks the real La La Land in Southern California

For Akheem

'For Ahkeem': Berlin Review

Documentary set in a bleak corner of St Louis, where a black high school student comes prematurely of age.

Devil's Freedom

'Devil's Freedom': Berlin Review

Mexico’s drug wars laid bare in Everado Gonzalez’s documentary


'Chavela': Berlin Review

Documentary about the extraordinary life of Mexican singer Chavela Vargas, adopted by Almodóvar in her late-life revival


'78/52': Sundance Review

Dir. Alexandre O. Philippe. US, 2017, 91 minutes

Strong Island

'Strong Island': Review

Dir. Yance Ford, US/Denmark, 2017, 107 minutes

casting jonbenet

'Casting JonBenet': Sundance Review

Dir/scr: Kitty Green. US/Australia. 2016. 80mins


'Step': Review

Amanda Lipitz has a hit on her hands in this crowd-pleasing documentary set in inner city Baltimore

The Force

'The Force': Sundance Review

Dir: Peter Nicks. US. 2017. 92mins


'Trophy': Sundance Review

Dir. Shaul Schwarz. US/UK, 2017. 108 min

Oklahoma City

'Oklahoma City': Sundance Review

Dir. Barak Goodman, USA, 2017, 102 minutes


'Icarus': Review

This explosive documentary is a marathon of allegations and evidence about Russian sports doping

The Grown-Ups (Los Ninos)

'The Grown-Ups': IDFA Review

Dir. Maite Alberdi. Chile/The Netherlands/France, 2016, 80 mins.

Borderland Blues

'Borderland Blues': Zurich Review

Dir. Gudrun Gruber. Germany/US, 2016, 73 mins.


'Abacus: Small Enough To Jail': Toronto Review

Dir: Steve James. US. 2016. 89mins

Before the Flood

'Before The Flood': Toronto Review

Dir. Fisher Stevens. US, 2016. 96 mins


'David Lynch: The Art Life': Venice Review

Dir. Jon Nguyen, US, 2016, 88 mins.

American Anarchist

'American Anarchist': Venice Review

Dir. Charlie Siskel, USA, 2016, 80 minutes

The Eagle Huntress

'The Eagle Huntress': Karlovy Vary Review

Dir: Otto Bell. US.  2016.  87 mins

Sour Grapes

'Sour Grapes': Sheffield Doc/Fest Review

Dirs: Jerry Rothwell, Reuben Atlas. US/UK/France. 2016. 86 mins

After Spring

'After Spring': Sheffield Doc/Fest Review

Dirs/Producers: Steph Ching, Ellen Martinez. USA 2016. 98 mins

Serena Documentary

'Serena': Sheffield Doc/Fest Review

Dir: Ryan White. UK/US. 2016. 95 mins.

OJ: Made in America

'OJ: Made In America': Review

Dir. Ezra Edelman. US, 2016. 476 mins.

Julian Assange in Risk

'Risk': Cannes Review

Dir: Laura Poitras. Germany/US, 2016, 84 mins.

All This Panic

'All This Panic': Tribeca Review

Dir. Jenny Gage. US, 2016, 79 mins.


'Untouchable': Tribeca Review

Dir. David Feige. USA. 2016. 106 mins.

Betting on Zero

'Betting On Zero': Tribeca Review

Dir/scr. Ted Braun. US, 2016, 99 mins.

The Bandit

'The Bandit': SXSW Review

Dir. Jesse Moss. USA. 2016. 82 mins.


'Weiner': Review

Dirs: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg. US. 2015. 96mins

Uncle Howard

'Uncle Howard': Berlin Review

Dir. Aaron Brookner. US/UK, 2016, 96 mins.

holy hell

'Holy Hell': Sundance Review

Dir. Will Allen. US. 2015. 100 mins.


'T(error)': Review

Dirs: Lyric R. Cabral & David Felix Sutcliffe. US. 2015. 84mins

De Palma

'De Palma': Review

Directors: Noah Baumbach, Jake Paltrow. US 2015. 107 mins.

Janis: Little Girl Blue

'Janis: Little Girl Blue': Review

Dir/scr. Amy J Berg. US, 2015, 103 mins.

The Wolf Pack

'The Wolfpack': Review

Dir: Crystal Moselle. USA. 2015. 90 mins.

Crocodile Gennadiy

'Almost Holy (Crocodile Gennadiy)': Review

Dir/ed. Steve Hoover, US-Ukraine, 2015, 96 mins.

Brand, A Second Coming

'Brand: A Second Coming': Review

Dir/scr/prod Ondi Timoner. US/UK. 2015, 114 mins

Finders Keepers

'Finders Keepers': Review

Dirs: Bryan Carberry, Clay Tweel. US. 2015. 82mins


Dirs: Turner Ross, Bill Ross IV. US. 2015. 93mins

Hot Type: 150 Years Of The Nation

Hot Type: 150 Years Of The Nation

Dir: Barbara Kopple. US. 2015. 94mins

The Pearl Button

The Pearl Button

Dir/scr: Patricio Guzman. France-Chile-Spain. 2015. 82mins

Cobain: Montage Of Heck

Dir: Brett Morgen. US. 2015. 132mins

What Happened, Miss Simone?

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Dir: Liz Garbus. US. 2015. 102mins



Dir: Kim Longinotto. US. 2015. 98mins

The Nightmare

The Nightmare

Dir/scr: Rodney Ascher. US. 2014. 90mins

Prophet’s Prey

Dir/scr: Amy Berg. US. 2015. 90mins

Cartel Land

Cartel Land

Dir: Matthew Heineman. US-Mexico. 2015. 98mins

The Hunting Ground

The Hunting Ground

Dir: Kirby Dick. US. 2014. 102mins

Magician: The Astonishing Life And Work Of Orson Welles

Magician: The Astonishing Life And Work Of Orson Welles

Dir: Chuck Workman. US. 2014.  93mins

Speed Sisters

Speed Sisters

Dir: Amber Fares. Palestine-US-Qatar. 2014. 80mins



Dir: Ryan Mullins. Canada. 2014. 78mins

An Open Secret

An Open Secret

Dir: Amy Berg. US. 2014. 100mins



Dir: Randall Wright. UK-US. 2014. 113mins

I Touched All Your Stuff

I Touched All Your Stuff

Dirs/scr: Maira Buhler, Matias Mariani. Brazil. 2014. 91mins



Dir: Laura Poitras. US-UK-Germany. 2014. 114mins



Dir: Albert Maysles. US. 2014. 74mins

A Midsummer's Night Dream

A Midsummer's Night Dream

Dir: Julie Taymor. US. 2014. 144mins

Tales Of The Grim Sleeper

Dir: Nick Broomfield. US-UK. 2014. 109mins

Deepsea Challenge 3D

Deepsea Challenge 3D

Dirs: John Bruno, Andrew Wight, Ray Quint. US-Australia. 2014. 90mins

Night Will Fall

Night Will Fall

Dir: Andre Singer. UK-US-Israel. 2014. 75mins

Stray Dog

Stray Dog

Dir: Debra Granik. US. 2014. 105mins

National Gallery

Dir: Frederick Wiseman. US-France. 2014. 173mins

Red Army

Red Army

Dir/scr: Gabe Polsky. US-Russia. 2014. 84mins



Dir: Johanna Hamilton. US. 2014. 80mins

The Newburgh Sting

The Newburgh Sting

Dirs: Kate Davis, David Heilbroner. US. 2014. 87mins

Time Is Illmatic

Time Is Illmatic

Dir: One9. US. 2014. 74mins



Dirs: Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey. US. 2014. 78mins

Flex Is Kings

Flex Is Kings

Dirs: Deidre Schoo, Michael Beach Nichols. US. 2013. 86mins

The Vanquishing Of The Witch Baba Yaga

The Vanquishing Of The Witch Baba Yaga

Dir/scr: Jessica Oreck. US. 2014. 72mins

Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon

Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon

Dir: Mike Myers. US. 2013. 85mins

The Overnighters

The Overnighters

Dir/scr: Jesse Moss. US. 2013. 100mins



Dir: Robert Greene. US. 2014. 87mins



Dirs: Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky. US. 2013. 90mins

Galapagos Affair

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden

Dirs: Dayna Goldfine, Dan Geller. US. 2013. 120mins

Another World

Dirs: Rebecca Chaiklin, Fisher Stevens. US. 2014. 87mins

Plot For Peace

Plot For Peace

Dirs: Carlos Aguilo, Mandy Jacobson. US. 2013. 80mins

Joy Of Man's Desiring

Dir/scr: Denis Côté. Canada. 2014. 70mins

Concerning Violence

Concerning Violence

Dir: Göran Hugo Olsson. Sweden-US-Denmark-Finland. 2014. 85mins

Life Itself

Life Itself

Dir: Steve James. US. 2014. 112mins

Happy Valley

Happy Valley

Dir: Amir Bar-Lev. US. 2013. 98mins



Dir: Mark Grieco. Colombia. 2013. 87mins

Captive Hearts

Captive Hearts

Dir: Joana Nin. Brazil. 2013. 77mins


At Berkeley

Dir: Frederick Wiseman. US. 2013. 244mins

Burt's Buzz

Burt’s Buzz 

Dir: Jody Shapiro. Canada. 2013. 88mins



Dir: Thierry Ragobert. France-Brazil. 2013. 85mins


When Jews Were Funny

Dir/scr: Alan Zweig. Canada. 2013. 90mins


The Dog

Dirs: Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren. US. 2013. 102mins


Made In America

Dir: Ron Howard. US. 2013. 90mins


Tim's Vermeer

Dir: Teller. US. 2013. 80mins

The Armstrong Lie

The Armstrong Lie

Dir/scr: Alex Gibney. US. 2013.122mins

The Unknown Known

The Unknown Known

Dir: Errol Morris. US. 2013. 105mins

Kiss The Water

Kiss The Water

Dir: Eric Steel. UK-US. 2013. 80mins

Desert Runners

Desert Runners

Dir: Jennifer Steinman. US. 2013. 91mins

Seduced and Abandoned

Seduced And Abandoned

Dir: James Toback. US. 2013. 98mins

The Director

The Director

Dir: Christina Voros. US-Italy. 2013. 95mins

In God We Trust

In God We Trust

Dirs: Victor Kubicek, Derek Anderson. US. 2012. 82mins

Let The Fire Burn

Let The Fire Burn

Dir: Jason Osder. US. 2013. 95mins

Mistaken For Strangers

Mistaken For Strangers

Dir: Tom Berninger. US. 2013. 74mins

Rewind This!

Rewind This!

Dir: Josh Johnson. US. 2013. 94mins

Viva Cuba Libre: Rap Is War

Viva Cuba Libre: Rap Is War

Dir: Jesse Acevedo. US. 2013. 81mins

Twenty Feet From Stardom

Twenty Feet From Stardom

Dir: Morgan Neville. US. 2013. 90mins

The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear

The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear

Dir/Scr: Tinatin Gurchiani. Georgia-Germany. 2012. 97mins



Dir: Gabriela Cowperthwaite. US. 2013. 82mins

Cutie And The Boxer

Cutie And The Boxer

Dir: Zachary Heinzerling. US. 2013. 82mins

Dirty Wars

Dirty Wars

Dir: Richard Rowley. US. 2013. 86mins



Dir: Beth B. US. 2013. 76mins


The Crash Reel

Dir: Lucy Walker. US. 2013. 107mins



Dir/scr: Jeremy Seifert. US. 2013. 90mins


Narco Cultura

Dir: Shaul Schwarz. US. 2013. 102mins

Gut Renovation

Gut Renovation

Dir: Su Friedrich. US. 2012. 81mins

Fifi Howls

Fifi Howls From Happiness

Dir: Mitra Farahani.  US. 2013. 96mins


State 194

Dir/scr: Dan Setton. US-Israel. 2012. 98mins

Helio Oiticica

Helio Oiticica

Dir: Cesar Oiticica Filho. Brazil. 2012. 94mins


We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks

Dir/scr: Alex Gibney. US. 2012. 127mins



Dir: Greg Barker. US-UK. 2013. 90mins


Blood Brother

Dir: Steve Hoover. US. 2012. 93mins


Citizen Koch

Dirs: Carl Deal, Tia Lessin. US. 2012. 110mins


After Tiller

Dirs: Martha Shane, Lana Wilson. US. 2012. 85mins

The Fruit Hunters

The Fruit Hunters

Dir: Yung Chang. Canada. 2012. 95mins

First Cousin Once Removed

First Cousin Once Removed

Dir/scr: Alan Berliner. US. 2012. 78mins

Rafea: Solar Mama

Rafea: Solar Mama

Dirs: Jehane Noujaim, Mona Eldaief. Denmark-US-UK. 2012. 75mins

Crossfire Hurricane

Crossfire Hurricane

Dir/scr: Brett Morgen. US. 2012. 111mins

The Believers

The Believers

Dirs: Monica Long Ross and Clayton Brown. US. 2012. 83mins

American Empire

American Empire: An Act Of Collective Madness

Dir: Patrea Patrick. US-Canada. 2012. 96mins

The Iran Job

The Iran Job

Dir: Till Schauder. Germany-Iran-US. 2012. 93mins


The Day That Lasted 21 Years

Dir/scr: Camilo Tavares. Brazil. 2012. 77mins


Rio 70s

Dirs: Patricia Faloppa, Mauricio Branco. Brazil. 2012. 75mins

My Amityville Horror

My Amityville Horror

Dir/scr: Eric Walter. US. 2012. 88mins


Venus And Serena

Dirs: Maiken Baird, Michelle Major. US. 2012. 99mins


The Secret Disco Revolution

Dir/scr: Jamie Kastner. Canada. 2012. 85mins


Shepard And Dark

Dir/scr: Treva Wurmfeld. US. 2012. 89mins

Mea Maxima Culpa

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House of God

Dir/scr: Alex Gibney. US. 2012. 106mins


Iceberg Slim: Portrait Of A Pimp

Dir/scr: Jorge Hinojosa. U.S. 2012. 90mins

How To Make Money Selling Drugs

How To Make Money Selling Drugs

Dir/scr: Matthew Cooke. US. 2012. 95mins



Dir/scr: Andy Capper. US. 2012. 98mins

Brooklyn Castle

Brooklyn Castle

Dir: Katie Dellamaggiore. US. 2011. 101mins


Bad 25

Dir: Spike Lee. US. 2012. 123mins


Stories We Tell

Dir/scr: Sarah Polley. Canada. 2012. 108mins


Made In Mexico

Dir: Duncan Bridgeman. Mexico. 2012. 100mins



Dir: Joseph Rezwin. US. 2012. 94mins



Dir/scr: Eduardo Coutinho. Brazil. 2011. 90mins

Walk Away Renee

Dir/scr: Jonathan Caouette. US-France. 2012. 87mins

Katy Perry: Part Of Me

Katy Perry: Part Of Me

Dirs: Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz. US. 2012. 88mins

Neil Young Journeys

Neil Young Journeys

Dir: Jonathan Demme. US. 2011. 87mins

The Central Park Five

The Central Park Five

Dir/scr: Ken Burns, David McMahon, Sarah Burns. US. 2012. 119mins


Room 237

Dir: Rodney Ascher. US. 2012. 102mins


Woody Allen: A Documentary

Dir/scr: Robert Weide. US. 2011. 109mins


Journey To Planet X

Dirs: Josh Koury, Myles Kane. US. 2012. 77mins

Clash Of Colors

Clash Of Colors: L.A. Riots Of 1992

Dir: David D. Kim. US. 2012. 81mins

Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey

Dir/scr: Romana S Diaz. US. 2012. 114mins



Dir: Morgan Spurlock. US. 2012. 82mins



Dir: Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield. US. 2012. 78mins

Unfinished Spaces

Unfinished Spaces

Dirs: Alysa Nahmias, Benjamin Murray. US. 2011. 86mins



Dir: Lee Hirsch. US. 2012. 98mins

Keanu Reeves in Side By Side

Side By Side

Dir/scr: Chris Kenneally. US. 2011. 99mins


Last Call At The Oasis

Dir: Jessica Yu. US. 2012. 105mins



Dir: Kevin Macdonald. UK-US. 2012. 144mins


Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present

Dir: Matthew Akers. US. 2011. 106 minutes



Dir: Denis Cote. Canada. 2012.  72mins

Death Row

Death Row

Dir/scr: Werner Herzog. US-UK-Austria. 2012. 188mins



Dir: Richard Goldgewicht. US. 2012. 103mins

The Great Northwest

The Great Northwest

Dir/scr: Matt McCormick. US. 2012. 70mins


Slavery By Another Name

Dir: Sam Pollard. US. 2011. 87mins


Valley Of Saints

Dir/scr: Musa Syeed. 2012. India-US. 82mins



Dirs: Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. USA. 2011. 90mins



Dir: Denis Cote. Canada. 2012.  72mins


Gypsy Davy

Dir/scr: Rachel Leah Jones. Israel-US-Spain. 2011. 96mins


Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry 

Dir: Alison Klayman. US-China. 2011. 91mins


Under African Skies

Dir/scr: Joe Berlinger. US. 2011. 102mins


The Invisible War

Dir/scr: Kirby Dick. US. 2011. 93mins


How To Survive A Plague

Dir: David France. US. 2012. 120mins

The House I Live In

The House I Live In

Dir/scr: Eugene Jarecki. U.S. 2011. 110mins



Dir/scr: Jennifer Baichwal. Canada. 2011. 82mins