Author: Bruce Bailey

LFF 2016 – Don’t Blink – Robert Frank (2015)
Film Review

LFF 2016 – Don’t Blink – Robert Frank (2015)

The London Film Festival has always had a good line in biographical documentaries, particularly of artists. Previous years have given us For No Good Reason, Charlie Paul’s attentive film about Ralph Steadman, or last year’s Nicola Costantino: La Artefacta, the remarkable film about the Argentinian provocateur by Natalie Christiani. What […]

LFF 2016 – Blue Velvet Revisited (2016)
Film Review

LFF 2016 – Blue Velvet Revisited (2016)

There have been a quite a few essay/archive films released recently, and for the most part they can been fairly hit and miss affairs. Take, for instance, The Greatest Shows On Earth, which brought together amazing archive footage from the entire history of British circuses and fairgrounds, combined with what […]

Sheffield DocFest 2016 Launch
Festivals

Sheffield DocFest 2016 Launch

  RENOWNED INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL MADE IN SHEFFIELD OPENING NIGHT FROM SHEFFIELD’S CITY HALL ATTENDED BY MICHAEL MOORE TRANSMITTED TO 114 CINEMAS NATIONWIDE ACROSS THE UK REGGIE YATES, LOUIS THEROUX, KEN LOACH, STACEY DOOLEY, WARP FILMS’ MARK HERBERT, LORD DAVID PUTTNAM, FREDDIE FLINTOFF, ADAM BUXTON AND KG THE COMEDIAN JOIN […]

LONDON 2015 – Being Evel (2015)
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LONDON 2015 – Being Evel (2015)

I remember many years ago, when MTV’s Jackass was receiving a battering in the press and from various concerned morality groups, thinking to myself how times had changed – once it was a great American past-time, drinking beer with the good-old-boys and watching a man launch himself over buses and […]

LONDON 2015 – Much Loved (2015)
Film Review

LONDON 2015 – Much Loved (2015)

One of the wonderful things about general international film festivals like the BFI London Film Festival is that, unlike themed festivals, here everything goes and consequently there are always a few hidden gems that would otherwise go unnoticed in the mainstream. Sometimes these films themselves are great and sometimes it […]

LONDON 2015 – In Jackson Heights (2015)
Film Review

LONDON 2015 – In Jackson Heights (2015)

With all of the great observational documentaries on show at this year’s BFI London Film Festival, it’s only fitting really that the master of the form himself, Frederick Wiseman, bring a film to our screens – and ordinarily it would be the film to show all of the others how […]

LONDON 2015 – Exotica, Erotica, Etc. (2015)
Film Review

LONDON 2015 – Exotica, Erotica, Etc. (2015)

The sea is often portrayed as a violent force, a thrashing maelstrom that draws on nature’s unstoppable energies to lay waste to men and their craft, destroying homes and livelihoods in a constant, churning blue vastness. It is also, they say, a cruel mistress. Yet there is another aspect to […]

LONDON 2015 – Hand Gestures (2015)
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LONDON 2015 – Hand Gestures (2015)

There is a Canadian television series which began in 2001 called How It’s Made, in each episode of which we follow the manufacturing process, step by detailed step, of hundreds of disparate every-day items. The processes involved are almost always completed using the latest in robotic and machine technology. It […]