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Friday 3 April, 2020

The Bertha DocHouse screen, along with the Curzon Bloomsbury cinema, closed on 18th March. But our aim has always been to bring people together to enjoy, discuss and be inspired by documentaries, so we've spent the last couple of weeks finding ways to continue doing that online. 

And so, welcome to the first 'What's On-line' news update.
DocHouse Watch Parties
We hosted our first watch party earlier this week and it was great success, so you can expect regular parties from now on, always followed by a live online Q&A.
This evening, you can watch The Whalebone Box on MUBI (click here to get three months free as a Bertha DocHouse follower) and then join us for a Q&A with director Andrew Kotting at 8.30pm on Zoom. We're nearly at capacity, but we hope to get everyone on the waiting list into the conversation by 8.35pm. Get all the details and sign up here by 4pm.
Keep an eye on our website, newsletter or social media for the launch of our next two watch parties - DocHouse x RAI Film Festival present: Digital Lives Shorts + Q&A (Friday 10 April) and Hail Satan? + director Q&A (17 April). Dates tbc and on sale soon.
DocHouse Conversations
We launched our new regular podcast yesterday! DocHouse Conversations brings you thought-provoking discussions from the documentary world, hosted by our Programme Associate Carol Nahra.
In the first episode, find it here, Carol speaks to BAFTA award-winning filmmaker, writer and artist Victoria Mapplebeck to discuss how the crisis is affecting her own work. 
Next up Carol will be talking to Oscar-winner Orlando von Einsiedel (Virunga). Coming soon.


Creative competition
Feeling creative? Our competition for Creative Responses to Self-Isolation closed yesterday, with 43 really interesting and varied entries.

We're so happy to have supported this creative outlet that we've opened a 2nd edition of the competition straight away. This time, we're calling for short documentaries (produced at home) on the theme 'inventive connections'. The winner will receive free training and a £50 prize. See the website here for more on the call-out, prizes and how to enter.  Entry closes 30 April.
Curated recommendations
We have been busy compiling lots of ideas for documentaries to watch online, whatever your mood. You'll be able to find these on our blog, and social media. From 7 free IDFA docs to a selection of docs featuring 'creativity in confinement', and coming up this weekend we'll publish docs to make you laugh.
Our blog now also features filmmaker spotlights, interviews and guest blogs (coming soon!)
We've got plenty more in the pipeline, so keep an eye on our blog, newsletter and social media!