Category: documentary

REVIEW: Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018)

Alice Guy-Blaché, the French filmmaker widely credited as the world's first female director, falls under the spotlight in Pamela B. Green's widely celebrated new documentary. She is a creditable choice for a documentary subject: not just historically significant but immensely talented, and entertaining to learn about. She started off a secretary to film company founder ...

REVIEW: Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened (2019)

In 2017 a widely promoted island music festival in the Bahamas collapsed, leaving a raft of rich young dilettantes and social media influencers trapped in a post-apocalyptic mess of soaked-through tents, inedible catering, missing transport, and broken promises. The Fyre Festival, launched by musician Ja Rule but ostensibly organised by entrepreneur Billy McFarland, was a ...

REVIEW: Half the Picture (2018)

Women do not get the opportunities in film-making that men do. That is demonstrable fact, and to understand exactly how and why institutional sexism is harming the American film industry you couldn't do much better than watch Amy Adrion's admirable and engaging documentary Half the Picture. Through a well-considered and arranged series of interviews, it basically ...