Bodies in motion: a report from CPH:DOX 2024

By Savina Petkova

One of the world’s most important documentary festival delivers a host of very fine films as well as some flim-flammy political statements.

Queer Times: How Thessaloniki International Doc Festival are celebrating LGBTQ+ Cinema

By Christina Newland

A report from the 2024 TIDF sees art, empathy, a bit of violence and a hopeful vision for the future of Greek cinema.

The Disappearance of Shere Hite – a profile doc with hidden depths

By David Jenkins

The life of the idiosyncratic US sexologist is parlayed into a story of rank misogyny and violent moral conservatism.


Ten essential Werner Herzog films

By David Jenkins

In celebration of a BFI season of the German maverick’s sublime work in film, we pick ten of our absolute faves.

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.

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