A giant of early Hollywood, Buster Keaton was born into physical comedy. The enormous influence of his globally beloved silent films can be seen in the physicality of Tom and Jerry and Simpson cartoons, and the latest Spiderman film.
Brian Jones was fragile and ill-equipped for life in the global spotlight. A musical genius who could play countless instruments, his talent was offset by a weakness for temptation which led him time and again into trouble.
Jones displayed a huge talent for music - his early obsession with blues and jazz led him to advertise for the bandmates which became the Rolling Stones. He also was a playboy - fathering six illegitimate children with six different women - and had an affinity for drugs and alcohol. As one contributor notes, he was the “DNA of the band’s rebellious nature.”
In a career spanning seven decades, Merce Cunningham’s innovation expanded the frontiers of dance, reshaping it into a new kind of art form. Eschewing labels like “avant-garde choreographer”, he preferred simply to be called a “dancer”.
His focus on dancing as a visual experience is vibrantly realised in Alla Kovgan’s film, which brings to life dances originally created by Cunningham between 1942 and 1972, in surprising settings.
Through her long and rich writing life Toni Morrison channelled the power of words to transform understanding of the African American experience. In this Sundance favourite, she tells the story of her remarkable life.
How might women today respond to feminist concerns of the 1970s? Yours In Sisterhood brings some of the thousands of letters written to 'Ms.Magazine' to life, by inviting strangers from across the US to read them aloud and respond.
After a lifetime in front of the camera lens, 75 year old Benedetta Barzini wants to disappear. Her son, on the other hand, wants more than ever to film her. With this tension at the heart of his film, first time director Beniamino Barrese has made both an intimate, nuanced portrait of an iconoclastic woman, and an enigmatic tract on images, identity and filmmaking itself.
There’s a severe lack of government ambulances in Mexico city - so families like the Ochoas have stepped into the breach. At night they scour the streets of the city in their second hand ambulance, coming to the aid of those in need - from whom they have to ask for payment.
Everyone from Tim Burgess to Ariel Pink is singing his praises, but R. Stevie Moore always refused the mainstream and never made it big. Now, in his sixties, with his body not working quite like it used to, he's hitting the road on a world tour. And he's not making it easy for anyone.
This “film letter in parts” creatively explores the story of the Lucas plans. In the 1970s when their defence jobs in a Birmingham factory were threatened, workers came up with a plan to keep their jobs - by developing a range of groundbreaking sustainable products.
British and American governments have employed horrific mind control techniques on prisoners for years. Eminent Monsters exposes how these practices were developed in collusion with psychiatrists, experimenting on their own patients.