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Monday 10 June, 2019

June has brought some blockbuster docs our way, and a few fallen heroes – from music to fashion and sport.

On June 7th we opened with Halston and Liam Gallagher: As It Was. Halston tells the story of the rise and fall of one of America’s most iconic fashion designers who dominated the scene in the 1970s. A self-made prodigy, Halston was a rebel and shocked the New York fashion scene with his revolutionary approach.

We’re excited to be kicking off our first parent & baby screening with this film on Weds 12th June at 11am, so if you know any babies under 2, send them to Bertha DocHouse with a responsible adult!

Liam Gallagher: As It Was shows the swaggering frontman of Oasis at his highest and lowest. With rare honesty, Liam shares the story of his time as one of the figureheads of rock'n'roll, before the champagne supernova exploded.

Asif Kapadia is coming to DocHouse on Thursday 13th June to give a special extended introduction before the premiere of his new film Diego Maradona, which tells the story of the man behind the hand of God. We’ll be showing it regularly from Friday 14th, so there’ll be plenty of chances to catch it.

On Wednesday 12th we’ll be hosting a one-off screening of Force of Nature Natalia, which is an in-depth portrait of dance superstar Natalia Osipova. The BAFTA award-winning director Gerry Fox will be joining us for a post-screening Q&A.

June 21st brings the second edition of our Re:Dox strand, where we give our audiences 4 great repertory films to vote between and the two winners play over the course of a week. This month’s winner were The Alcohol Years and the Bertha funded 5 Broken Cameras.

5 Broken Cameras tells the extraordinary story of a Palestinian village's resistance to encroaching Israeli settlements is brought to life powerfully, eloquently and personally, through the footage from Emad Burnat's five bullet-ridden and broken cameras. 

Carol Morley’s first documentary tells her own story of her riotous youth In Manchester- through the perspectives of people she knew. The Alcohol Years is a no-holds-barred portrait pieced together by old pals, acquaintances and lovers in a bold exploration of perception and memory, and how other people remember us.

Also kicking off on June 21st is Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World, which tells the amazing story of ground-breaking citizen journalist Eliot Higgins and his network. With the rise of social media and the wealth of information it creates at our disposal, a group of citizen sleuths are cracking fake news and government lies wide open.

Apollo 11 opens on June 28th, which is an incredible documentation of the 1969 moon landing, constructed entirely out of archive footage and in colour! The film includes everything from the spectators gathering to the space journey, and is breathtaking. 

Another Bertha funded project, the Chilean film Los Reyes will also be opening on June 28th. "Los Reyes (""The Kings"") is the oldest skatepark in the Chilean capital of Santiago. This story is about the real kings here: Football and Chola, two stray dogs that have made their home in this open space full of hurtling skateboards and rowdy teenagers. 

This month we’re partnering with Urban Labs and their City, Essay, Film series featuring a selection of screenings throughout the month that explore urban essay films. The programme includes Chantal Akerman’s 1977 film News From Home on Monday 10th and John Akomfrah’s Handsworth Songs on Monday 24th.

We have a screening with Open City of Sweetgrass, one of the first key works to emerge from the Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab on Thursday 27th.

We’re also hosting two screenings with the London Indian Film Festival. The visually striking doc about emergency workers in Pakistan This Shaking Keeps Me Steady will play on Saturday 22nd and Anand Patwardhan’s brilliant Reason on Sunday 23rd – “a hard-hitting political documentary by India’s greatest documentarian reveals shockingly deep fissures in rapidly changing Indian society.”

Finally our Sunday Session this month is Yang Zhang’s Up The Mountain, playing on the 30th. The film focuses on Shen Jianhua, an artist and teacher who has left Shanghai for a remote mountain settlement in rural China. Unfolding like a painting, Up The Mountain is a masterful insight into the social fabric of this village, where the inhabitants are preserving a rich culture.

Image of Diego Maradona running out onto a football pitch. A still from Diego Maradona documentary.