Celluloid Underground – first-look review

By David Jenkins

This fascinating and melancholy documentary sees an Iranian exile in London looking back to the stranger-than-fiction roots of his formative cinephelia.

Fashion Reimagined

By Saskia Lloyd Gaiger

The story of Amy Powney and her journey to create truly sustainable and ethical clothes oscillates between the fascinating and the tiresome.


Mr Bachmann and his Class

By David Jenkins

Maria Speth’s intimate non-fiction epic profiles a spiky but saintly German schoolteacher and his students.

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Good Night Oppy

By David Jenkins

Underwhelming and detail-light account of the plucky Mars rover that outlived NASA’s wildest predictions.


Fire of Love

By David Jenkins

Sara Dosa’s whimsical documentary chronicles the tragic tale of dedicated volcano chasers Katia and Maurice Krafft.


Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck In Time

By Molly Mortimer

The beloved author and comedian receives the time-honoured documentary profile treatment by pal Robert B Weide.


Long Live My Happy Head

By David Jenkins

Austen McCowan and Will Hewitt’s warmly moving portrait of a lovestruck comic artist with an inoperable brain tumour.

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The Velvet Underground – first-look review

By Michael Leader

Todd Haynes’ first documentary takes a thrilling, cautiously ambivalent look at the NY art-rock demigods.

WITCH: We Intend to Cause Havoc

By Josh Slater-Williams

A charming and insightful docu-journey to rediscover one of the great pioneers of the ‘Zamrock’ movement.



By Matt Turner

This striking portrait of the mayor or Ramallah digs into the details of governance, diplomacy and dignity.


Documentaries to discover at the BFI London Film Festival 2020

By Matt Turner

Eight non-fiction features that are well worth seeking out at this year’s LFF.

Weapon of Choice

By Romy Somerset

The story of Gaston Glock is woven into this intriguing survey of modern firearms culture.


Is this the definitive film on the conflict between North and South Korea?

By David Jenkins

Kim Dong-won’s rare 2003 film Repatriation plays at the 2018 London Korean Film Festival.

What does it mean to come of age in the modern world?

By Matt Turner

Three outstanding new films at this year’s CPH:DOX presented illuminating responses to this question.

Erase and Forget

By David Jenkins

Rambo’s real-life American counterpart is the subject of this fractured, fascinating documentary portrait.


In praise of The Beaches of Agnès

By Mallory Andrews

Journey into the mind of the great Agnès Varda as part of our 35mm season with MUBI and ICA.

In praise of Orson Welles’ F For Fake

By Phil Concannon

Come and see the maestro's final big trick on a 35mm print at the ICA cinema with MUBI and Little White Lies.

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