This documentary invites you into a world you might not have known existed. Marah, Betty, Noor and Mona are members of an all-woman speed racing team, the first in the Arabic world. Team manager Maysoon is based with them in Palestine and we get to see not only the exciting world of racing but the realities of life under occupation.
Having already picked up a slew of awards and now selected for the Oscar shortlist (see the others nominated below), Stutterer is a film about a young man with a speech impediment looking for love. Ironically Greenwood works as a typographer and loves words, he just can’t seem to get them out when he needs them. With a generous budget (for a short) of 5k the film stars Matthew Needham in the main role and has very high production values.
Frans Afman was a respectable banker from the Netherlands who he saw an opportunity to fulfil a dream of working in films; by financing them. Not a well-known figure outside of the industry he was responsible for funding over 900 films; many of them Oscar winners such as Dances with Wolves and Platoon and popular blockbusters like Superman, Terminator and Total Recall.
Premiering at the 2015 Raindance Film Festival, this is a long overdue look at the poetic singer/songwriter Rickie Lee Jones. She came to fame in the 70s most notably with her eponymous album in 1979 and has been making music now for 3 decades.
This documentary introduces us to David Datuna a Georgian born artist who left his native country as a child seeking the freedom to express himself that he felt only America could afford him.
Following a year in the lives and livestock of a farming family this documentary shines a light on a side of life you don’t normally see. In the Pennines Tom and Katy Hutchinson take care of their prize winning flock of Swaledale sheep; hoping not only for more prizes but for a return on the hard work they put in.
Flares, Jags, jugs (Google it), geezers, guns, boozers; The Long Good Friday is all a bit 70s Sweeney at the same time moving into the Thatcher years of the 80s with Concord, yachts and money men.
Watching Solveig Melkeraaen’s film with a psychiatrist gave me answers the audience are denied in this underexplored self-portrait of depression and ECT
This study of a young stroke patient’s struggle to regain language and memory manages to be at once visually arresting, deeply moving and uplifting
Robert Altman was a well-respected if not necessarily always commercially successful director whose career spanned over 40 years. He started off in TV and finally got his big break when he directed M*A*S*H* which won him the Palme d’Or in 1970 and finally gave him the recognition he had been seeking.