The secretive communist state of North Korea is at the centre of a propaganda war. With remarkable access, director Álvaro Longoria attempts to get to the bottom of what's actually happening inside the country and separate truth from fiction.
With unprecedented access to the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, the military, and experts from leading space agencies, The Visit explores an event that has never in fact occurred - our first encounter with intelligent life from space.
Taking us deep into the dangerous world of commercial fishing via an immersive cinematic experience, Leviathan won wide acclaim for its innovative and unprecedented approach to documentary making.
Agnes Varda’s essay is a self-reflexive diary/documentary of people who exist by re-using things others regard as useless in modern society. Part social critique, part art piece, the film reclaimed the genre for creative expression.
In 1972, athletes from around the globe gathered in Munich, Germany for the Olympic Games. However, the Olympic spirit of brotherhood and peaceful competition was shattered when eight Palestinian terrorists invaded the athletes' quarters to take the Israeli team hostage while the world looked on, incredulous. Using extraordinary archive footage including the only surviving member of the Black September group, the film tells the dramatic story of what happened during those 21 hours in Munich.
In 1971 Watkins created a fictional arena where arrested Vietnam War protesters (non-actors) had to choose between prison sentences or three days in ‘Punishment Park’ run by ex-prison guards. The results were shocking.
Chronicle of a Summer captures the thoughts and opinions of 1960s Parisians, then asks them to reflect on the footage – creating a radical breakthrough in documentary: subjective reflexivity.
Rodney Ascher (ROOM 237) meets eight sufferers of sleep paralysis and discovers the terror that awaits them when they fall asleep each night. Using dramatic reconstructions, compelling first-hand accounts and slick cinematic trickery, The Nightmare will entertain, educate and completely petrify.
A classic from the ‘Free Cinema’ movement. Karol Reisz filmed a London boys' club in the 1950’s, giving working-class teenagers a voice for the first time.
In classic Jennings style these two intimate and moving poetic portraits of a besieged Britain go against the conventional mould of wartime propaganda.
This epic film on the harsh lives of the Aran Islanders remains controversial. With dramatised scenes, expressionistic photography and innovative sound, it pushed the boundaries between art and documenting.
The story of the long-ignored real pioneers of punk: The Damned. Forty years later and still active on the scene, the band are chronicled from inception, through countless line-up changes and finally to their 35th anniversary in 2011.
This week we're celebrating one of the most experimental, form pushing director's in the country with a retrospective at Bertha DocHouse. We kick off with Brian Hill's latest film, a real-life noir thriller which uncovers the truth behind Sweden’s most notorious serial killer, Thomas Quick.