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This Autumn's Highlights at DocHouse

Thursday 13 October, 2022

Here's a selection of highlights playing at the UK's only documentary cinema this Autumn. Sign up to our newseltter to keep up to date with the best non-fiction films.

Playing from Sun 13 Nov, A Bunch of Amateurs focuses on Members of a quintessentially British working-class amateur filmmaking club, ‘Bradford Movie Makers’ as they grow old together amid flickering memories and challenging final years.


Clinging to their dreams, and to each other, fuelled by endless cups of tea, this gently comedic, profoundly moving portrait of shared artistic folly speaks to the escapist dreamer in us all and to the enduring power of face-to-face time together, in an increasingly lonely, digital age. Director Kim Hopkins & members of the Bradford Movie Makers join us for a Q&A on Sun 13 Nov. 

On Wed 16 Nov, we're joined by director Emma Davie and James Marriott for a Q&A discussing their film The Oil Machine, hosted by Franny Armstrong (The Age of Stupid, McLibel). As COP27 begins, and world leaders come together to discuss global climate goals, this timely documentary explores our economic, historical and emotional entanglement with oil by looking at the conflicting imperatives around North Sea oil. Essential and clear-sighted viewing, The Oil Machine brings the invisible machine at the core of our economy and society into focus, as we hear from activists and investors alike.

Sansón & Me opens on Fri 18 Nov. During his day job as a Spanish criminal interpreter in a small town in California, filmmaker Rodrigo Reyes met a young man named Sansón, an undocumented Mexican immigrant who was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Years later, Reyes seeks Sansón out again, and the two men begin to communicate via letters, and to collaborate on a film idea. Reyes proposes a radical way to tell Sansón's story, recreating his childhood in Mexico with the help of his own family.

The result is an unforgettable film that reflects on migration, roots and the US prison system, and pushes the boundaries of cinematic imagination to rescue a young man's story from oblivion.

 

Cette Maison plays on Sun 20 Nov. 10 years after the tragic and suspicious death of a teenage girl, her cousin, director Miryam Charles examines the past causes and future consequences of this unsolved crime. Playing out like an imagined biography, the film explores the relationship between the security of the living space and the violence that can jeopardize it. Filmed entirely on 16mm, the visually stunning film imaginatively explores themes of grief, diasporic trauma and motherhood.

Blue Island is a cinematic exploration of contemporary Hong Kong opening on Fri 25 Nov. The stories of people who engaged in rebellions in previous decades are reconstructed by young people who participated in Hong Kong's 2019 protest movement. These real protagonists are separated by time and history, yet their lives parallel and overlap. Images flow between documentary and drama, blending archival materials, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, weaving an expansive tapestry that encompasses these tumultuous eras.