Review – ‘Hail To The Deadites’

Steve Villeneuve directs his very own documentary feature about the Deadites – it’s what the fans of the Evil Dead-franchise call themselves. He uses archival footage, interviews with the cast, crew, collectors, freaks, geeks and videos created by the fans, to put together a tribute to the movie Stephen King once called “the most ferociously […]

TIFF20 Review – ‘Enemies Of The State’

For our final film at Toronto International Film Festival 2020, we decided to check out the world premiere of Sonia Kennebeck‘s documentary, ‘Enemies of the State‘. TIFF20 has had a couple of standout documentaries this year, such as Inconvenient Indian, which felt urgent and should be mandatory viewing. Kennebeck’s film however, watches like a film-version […]

TIFF20 Review – ‘Underplayed’

Music documentaries usually focus on one artist’s career or get made posthumously, putting a spotlight on their fandom and personal struggles, because that’s what attracts the majority of viewers who want to see some inside scoops, they could otherwise just google. Stacey Lee‘s first feature Underplayed is not that kind of film. Instead she celebrates […]

TIFF20 Review – ‘Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds’

Werner Herzog makes documentaries for the general public. You may be unfamiliar with them, but his way of directing and narrating makes it easy to understand even the more scientific ones, that coming from someone else might seem a bit too “out of your league”. That’s both his strength and weakness, and might have those […]

TIFF20 Review – ’76 Days’

76 Days starts like an apocalyptic thriller where hospital workers covered in protective gear get ready to fight off a horde of zombies. But 76 Days isn’t fiction, it’s the reality of 2020. These doctors, nurses and cleaners are facing a pandemic of unknown proportions, and directors Hao Wu and Weixi Chen are here to […]

TIFF20 Review – ‘Inconvenient Indian’

Thomas King sits in the back of a car while making an important observation on how we have to be careful of the stories we tell and those we’ve been told. Once it’s been told, we can never call it back. Throughout the film he tells us the story of the coyote and the ducks, which […]

Review – ‘House of Cardin’

Directors Todd Hughes and P. David Ebersole (Mansfield 66/67) go back in time and take a closer in depth look at visionary fashion and design icon Pierre Cardin‘s work and personal life in ‘House of Cardin‘. Millions know the iconic logo, but few know the man behind the larger than life label. In this exhilarating […]

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival Review – ‘Can Art Stop a Bullet’

William Kelly, artist and peace activist, has been called the ‘moral conscience’ of Australian Art. For him there’s no line between life and art. Can Art Stop a Bullet is a documentary about the man himself and centered around an art piece he’s making for the State Library of Victoria. The film explores the connections between […]

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival Review – ‘Paradise Without People’

TIME magazine produced their first feature documentary with ‘Paradise Without People‘, in which we follow two Syrian women, at the height of Europe’s refugee crisis, with the same dream: to raise their children away from war. Directed by Emmy-nominated journalist Francesca Trianni, the film takes unexpected turns while we get a glimpse at the lives […]

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival Review – ‘Hamtramck, USA’

Through the exploration of daily life and democracy, ‘Hamtramck, USA‘ examines the benefits and tensions of multiculturalism. Kicking the film off with a typical all American theme song, we take a trip down memory lane while a series of video clips and photographs of the small Michigan-city, grace the screen. Formerly inhabited by almost solely […]