MCQUEEN

Dir: Ian Bonhôte & Peter Ettedgui

McQueen is an electric and engrossing documentary that is both rich with footage from his most famous catwalk shows and a sensitive portrait of the soul behind the stitch.

PSYCHO VERTICAL

Dir: Jen Randall

Based on his best-selling auto-biography Psycho Vertical, this is a raw and emotive study of the complex life and motivations of writer, funny-man and Britain’s unlikeliest hero-mountaineer, Andy Kirkpatrick, woven into an 18 day solo ascent of El Capitan, Yosemite.

THAT SUMMER

Dir: Göran Hugo Olsson

Directed by acclaimed Swedish filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson, That Summer centres on the film project artist Peter Beard initiated together with the incandescent Lee Radziwill about her relatives: the Beales of Grey Gardens.

THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR

Dir: NANCY BUIRSKI

In 1944 in Alabama, Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black woman, was raped by six white men. Against formidable odds, Taylor pressed charges, shifting the course of the Civil Rights Movement. Nancy Buirsky's illuminating documentary remembers a woman who continues to inspire in today's #MeToo Movement.

GREY GARDENS

Dir:  Albert Maysles & David Maysles & Ellen Hovde & Muffie Meyer

A chance to see the Maysles brothers best loved film about a pair of reclusive New York socialites who live together in a dilapidated Hamptons mansion.

THE OUTSIDER

Dir: Tom Meadmore

The Wolf of Wall Street for the shipping industry, The Outsider is a slick documentary that gains unique access to the early moments of a banking scandal and the daily life of one of the world’s most inventive businessmen.

THAT SUMMER + Q&A

Dir: Göran Hugo Olsson

Directed by acclaimed Swedish filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson, That Summer centres on the film project artist Peter Beard initiated together with the incandescent Lee Radziwill about her relatives: the Beales of Grey Gardens.

THE POETESS

Dir: Stefanie Brockhaus & Andy Wolff

Speaking out against oppression, extremism and her patriarchal society, Saudi poetess Hissa Hilal storms her way through the rounds of the Arab world’s biggest televised poetry competition in this inspiring film.

SHADOW WORLD

Dir: Johan Grimonprez

Stitching together archive footage of historical events, recent interviews with political experts and an eerily nostalgic soundtrack, Shadow World is the masterful documentary from Johan Grimonprez that exposes the depths of corruption within the global arms trade.

THE DEMINER

Dir: Hogir Hirori & Shinwar Kamal

With nail-biting tension, The Deminer follows an extraordinary man on a personal mission to dismantle the thousands of deadly landmines still littering Iraq, armed only with a pocket knife and a wire-cutter.

BLUE ORCHIDS + Q&A

Dir: Johan Grimonprez

Two perspectives on the global arms trade from experts at different ends of the spectrum – a former war correspondent and an arms trade dealer. Through archive footage and close-up interviews, Johan Grimonprez’ follow up to Shadow World is a thoughtful and at times shocking provocation of the devastating effects of war.

SAFARI

Dir: Ulrich Seidl

Master provocateur Ulrich Seidl returns in unnerving style with a macabre examination of trophy hunting and the luxury tourist trade that accompanies it. A vacation movie about killing; a killer movie about human nature.

MY GENERATION

Dir: David Batty

This engaging and playful documentary, narrated by and starring the inimitable Michael Caine, chronicles the cultural revolution of the Swinging Sixties and the societal upheaval it caused, which still resonates today.  

STILL WATERS + Q&A

Dir: Peter Gordon

In his tiny, one-room school in Brooklyn, Stephen Haff teaches forty kids reading, creative writing and Latin. His classes are free, and offered to the children of Latino immigrant families, creating a much needed creative haven for kids who are often overlooked.

BETWEEN LAND AND SEA

Dir: Ross Whitaker

The immense beauty of Ireland’s west coast forms the striking backdrop to this year-in-the-life of seaside surf town Lahinch. Filmed with deep affection for the town, Ross Whitaker’s portrait of the community is an uplifting testament to the awesome draw of the surf.

THE LONG SEASON

Dir: Leonard Retel Helmrich

Renowned filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich follows the highs and lows of daily life for the Syrians living in Majdal Anjar refugee camp. With extraordinary intimacy, he reveals the real lives behind the statistics of a refugee crisis.

A SUITABLE GIRL

Dir: Sarita Khurana & Smriti Mundhra

Dipti, Amrita, and Ritu are all young, modern women in India looking to get married - some desperately, some reluctantly. A Suitable Girl follows them over the course of four years, intimately capturing their thoughts on arranged marriage.

RESTREPO

Dir: Sebastian Junger & Tim Hetherington

For 15 months, filmmakers Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger were embedded with a US platoon in Afghanistan’s hostile Korengal Valley, shadowing their every move. Winner of the 2010 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Restrepo is as close as it gets to seeing what life as a soldier is really like.

JANE

Dir: Brett Morgen

Crafted from never-seen-before archive footage, acclaimed filmmaker Brett Morgen tells the extraordinary and inspiring story of British primatologist Jane Goodall and the profound effect the animals she loved had on her life. 

MOUNTAIN

Dir: Jennifer Peedom

This gloriously cinematic essay chronicles the spellbinding attraction of mountains and humanity’s desire to scale their heights. Mountain is an ode to the beauty, mystery, and power of the world’s highest peaks.

MAKALA

Dir: Emmanuel Gras

A young man from a village in the Congo hopes to offer his family a better future. When he sets out on an exhausting, perilous journey to sell the fruit of his labour, he discovers the true value of his efforts, and the price of his dreams.