What's on in September?
September has rolled around and we’ve got a busy month ahead, so here’s a run down of new films and events coming up at Bertha DocHouse.
We’re starting the month hosting five events for Open City Documentary Festival, including a focus on Japanese director Kazuo Hara – featuring his controversial 1974 personal odyssey Extreme Private Eros and an in-depth masterclass – as well as a programme of short films and Congolese cri de coeur Kinshasa Makambo. The final event, on Saturday 8th Sept, is a fascinating insight into the intricacies of newsroom journalism, Breaking News, followed by a director Q&A hosted by Kirsty Lang.
It’s a busy weekend coming up with two films opening on Friday 7th Sept: Under the Wire follows journalist Marie Colvin’s last mission, a terrifying journey into the devastation of Homs, Syria, told by the photojournalist who made it out, Paul Conroy. Meanwhile, the delightful In Praise of Nothing features the irresistible drawl of Iggy Pop, narrating the character of ‘nothing’ on a poetic and stunningly filmed odyssey around the world.
Signalling the return of our ‘DocHouse Firsts’ strand – bringing vital docs to the big screen which wouldn’t otherwise be seen in London – from Friday 14th Sept we’ll be showing Weapon of Choice, which traces the popularity of the world’s top selling hand gun, the Glock, to explore gun violence, global corruption and the weapons trade. To launch the run, director Fritz Ofner is flying to London to join us for a Q&A on its opening night.
In mid-Sept, there are two opportunities to see director Steven Eastwood’s sensitive but unsentimental portrait of the end of life, Island, filmed in a hospice on the Isle of Wight. A film so open about death it surfaces a lot of issues, and there will be an opportunity for the audience to talk informally with an ‘End of Life Doula’ after the screenings (15th and 17th Sept), as well as the director (15th only).
From Friday 21st, two powerhouses grace the Bertha DocHouse screen, as we open both Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. – a searing portrait of the Sri-Lankan born London-based hip-hop artist – and the much-anticipated new doc from legendary filmmaker Agnes Varda. Faces Places sees the 90-year-old auteur set off on a road trip around the villages and towns of rural France with new partner in crime, photographer JR.
Next up, from Tuesday 25th you can catch Nureyev: All the World His Stage, tracing the extraordinary life of Rudolf Nureyev through never-before-seen footage modern dance tableaux.
Marking the 25th anniversary of the signing of the first Oslo Accord, we open The Oslo Diaries on Friday 28th Sept, which charts the 1100 days of secret talks between Israelis and Palestinians, as told by those who were at the table. Opening the same day, and seemingly a world away, The Gospel According to Andre meets fashion legend André Leon Talley, following him from the segregated Jim Crow South to the upper echelons of the fashion industry. (On sale soon!)
Finally, to close the month in style, we have a one off screening Barbara Kopple’s 1976 Oscar winner Harlan County, USA, an unflinching insight into a coal miners’ strike in Kentucky, and a rarely screened non-fiction classic.
Written by Jenny Horwell - Associate Programmer