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Sky Atlantic Documentary Films: Season 2

Following its successful debut, Sky’s celebrated Documentary Films, which launched in November, returns with four more documentaries from award-winning filmmakers for a second season. For No Good Reason, The Unknown Known, Blood Brother and Small Town Big Story (aka Jesus Town, USA) each received their UK premieres on Sky Atlantic this June. Here’s a breakdown of what you missed: Continue reading Sky Atlantic Documentary Films: Season 2

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Blackfish Review

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Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s informative and thought provoking documentary offers a comprehensive introduction to the captivity of killer whales, their trainers and the human tragedies that have made a business like SeaWorld increasingly controversial.

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The Act of Killing Review

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“I have not seen a film as powerful, surreal, and frightening in at least a decade” – Werner Herzog

Regardless of how many films you watch, The Act of Killing is unlike anything you’ve seen before. Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn and a third collaborator, who like the majority of the crew remain anonymous for their own safety, unite as a directorial trio to deliver a challenging and outrageously innovative documentary about the Indonesian genocide in 1965.

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The Crash Reel Review

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Compelling, flawed and tricky. tricky. tricky.

With incredible access to Kevin Pearce, his family and friends and their archive footage of his brief extreme sports career, Lucy Walker has assembled a compelling documentary about the teenage snowboarding champion and potential Olympian, who suffered a traumatic brain injury after a serious crash during training in 2009.

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McCullin Review

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 “I talk as if there’s a lot of poetry in me, there isn’t. I am neither an artist nor a poet. I’m a photographer.”

Legendary British photojournalist Don McCullin worked for The Sunday Times from 1966 to 1983 and over the course of his career he risked his life to cover wars and humanitarian disasters across the globe. Sibling documentary filmmakers Jacqui and David Morris direct their exclusive and engrossing portrait of McCullin’s illustrious career and reveal the man behind the photographs that brought home the horrors of war.

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Searching for Sugar Man Review

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“He had this kind of magical quality that all the genuine poets and artists have: to elevate things. To get above the mundane, the prosaic. All the bullshit. All the mediocrity that’s everywhere. The artist, the artist is the pioneer.”

A touching documentary that tells the remarkable, if a little sensationalised story of Sixto Rodriguez; a talented, influential sixties musician who disappeared after his records failed to sell and his label dropped him. Continue reading Searching for Sugar Man Review