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The Best Docs Of 2022 Back On The Big Screen

Friday 16 December, 2022

Which of the year’s great docs have you missed on the big screen? From unmissable hidden gems to award-winning favourites, pay us a visit for a last chance to discover (or re-watch) the best documentaries of 2022.

Throughout the Best of 2022 season, we'll be giving away one pair of tickets a week to any of the screenings. Enter here to be in with a chance of winning.

The Velvet Queen

Playing from Fri 23 Dec.
In the heart of the Tibetan highlands, multi-award-winning nature photographer Vincent Munier guides writer Sylvain Tesson on his quest to document the infamously elusive snow leopard. Through their journey in the Tibetan peaks, inhabited by invisible presences, the two men ponder humankind's place amongst the magnificent creatures and glorious landscapes they encounter along the way.

This stunningly filmed account of their journey, soundtracked by Warren Ellis and Nick Cave, is a much-needed and rewarding lesson in patience and appreciation.

'A lyrical nature documentary more concerned with soulfulness than spectacle' - Variety

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The Real Charlie Chaplin

Playing from Fri 23 Dec.
A contemporary take on a bona fide icon of cinema, The Real Charlie Chaplin traces the star’s meteoric rise from the slums of Victorian London to the heights of Hollywood superstardom – and fall from grace following The Great Dictator.

Directors Peter Middleton and James Spinney joined us for an in-person Q&A after the screening on Wednesday 16 February. Hosted by film journalist Pamela Hutchinson. Watch the Q&A here.

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Ascension

Playing from Sat 24 Dec.
An impressionistic exploration of the pursuit of wealth and the industrial supply chain in China, Ascension examines what living the so-called 'Chinese Dream' looks like today through a mesmerising series of cinematic vignettes.

Jessica Kingdon's stunning work is a journey across the People's Republic of China, exploring labour, aspiration and the universal paradoxes of economic progress.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 'A hypnotic study of work in China' - Telegraph

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Ailey 

Playing from Sat 24 Dec.
Alvin Ailey was a trailblazing choreographer and a fearless artist, whose dance explored the Black American experience with grace, strength and unparalleled beauty. 

Director Jamila Wignot has crafted an intimate portrait featuring much of Alvin Ailey’s own voice, through previously unheard audio recordings, alongside interviews with those closest to him, and above all, stunning archive performance footage of his evocative choreography.

'Tender and affecting documentary on a visionary of contemporary dance offers a glimpse of the man behind the genius.' - Little White Lies

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Exposing Muybridge

Playing from Thu 29 Dec.
The extraordinary and eventful life of pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge is perfectly exposed in Marc Shaffer's thrilling profile. Brilliant, ambitious and mischievous, the 19th Century photographer had lived the lives of a dozen men before his breakthrough photographs of running horses changed the path of his career and set the course for the development of cinema.

Muybridge directly inspired numerous artists from Francis Bacon to David Hockney to Gary Oldman, whose passionate contribution to this documentary is exceptional.

'Intriguing doc about the man whose photographs of bodies in motion sparked cinema’s development' - Guardian

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Flee

Playing from Tue 27 Dec.
Flee tells the story of Amin Nawabi as he grapples with a painful secret he has kept hidden for 20 years, one that threatens to derail the life he has built for himself and his soon to be husband.

Recounted mostly through animation to director Jonas Poher Rasmussen, he tells for the first time the story of his extraordinary journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 'Remarkable refugee story told with heart and audacity' - Guardian

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Taming the Garden

Playing from Fri 30 Dec.
Salomé Jashi captures the project of an anonymous and powerful man to transport ancient trees across Georgia to his own private garden. With each removal, tensions flare between workers and villagers, as Jashi questions the power of wealth and human dominion over nature.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 'Fascinating study of a billionaire’s destructive folly' - Guardian

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Revolution of our Times 

Playing from Fri 30 Dec.
Over the past fifty years, Hongkongers have fought for freedom and democracy but have yet to succeed. In 2019, the “Extradition Bill” which would have allowed the extradition of Hongkongers to China opened a Pandora’s box, turning Hong Kong into a battlefield against the Chinese authoritarian rule.

Award-winning Hong Kong director Kiwi Chow tells the story of the movement from within, tracking both its historical context and getting up close and personal on the front lines.

'A powerful tribute to Hong Kong’s protest movement' - Sight & Sound

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Moonage Daydream

Playing from Tue 27 Dec.
Told through sublime, kaleidoscopic, never-before-seen footage, performances and music, Brett Morgen’s (The Kid Stays in the Picture, Cobain: Montage of Heck, Jane) feature length experiential cinematic odyssey explores David Bowie’s creative, musical and spiritual journey. The film is guided by David Bowie’s own narration and is the first officially sanctioned film on the artist.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 'A scintillating, psychedelic masterwork that gives a fresh look at David Bowie's life' - NME

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All That Breathes

Playing from Sat 31 Dec.
As legions of birds fall from New Delhi’s darkening skies, and the city smolders with social unrest, two brothers devote their lives to protecting the black kite, a majestic bird of prey essential to their city’s ecosystem.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 'A thoughtful, meditative thesis on humanity’s relationship with nature, filmed with the kind of cinematographic beauty most fiction filmmakers can only aspire towards.' - Empire

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