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Review: Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death

In early 2020, filmmakers Charlie Russell and Dov Freedman met with Caroline Flack to discuss making a documentary that would tell her side of the story, in the wake of her recent assault charge. That documentary was never made, as just a couple of months later, she took her own life. Now, a year on from her death, Russell and Freedman have turned the project into a heartfelt eulogy that is both compelling and devastating. Continue reading Review: Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death

Review: The Shipman Files: A Very British Crime Story

Whilst recently watching the ITV drama Des, based on the serial killer Dennis Nilsen, I was shocked to learn that institutional homophobia was perhaps the reason that Nilsen’s crimes were hidden for so long. Although a very different case, I saw similar themes emerging within Chris Wilson’s BBC Two documentary series The Shipman Files: A Very British Crime Story, which reported on the horrific crimes of notorious serial killer Harold Shipman. Continue reading Review: The Shipman Files: A Very British Crime Story

Review: Tiger King

There has never been a better time to get into a Netflix docuseries. So, when I saw Tiger King (2020) promoted on Netflix, I thought to myself, ‘this is absolutely not the sort of show I would usually watch, but let’s give it a go.’ If you’re looking for a whole six hours during which you will not think about the global pandemic, this is the show for you.

Tiger King is, on the surface, a documentary about the sketchy world of big cat breeding in the US. However, no expectations can prepare you for the onslaught of insane characters and twists that unravel throughout the series. This is a cast that makes Mario Tabraue (a guy who smuggled drugs in snakes and was the literal inspiration for Scarface) look relatively normal when he makes a brief appearance. The claim of ‘murder, mayhem and madness’ is certainly an understatement when it comes to this show. Continue reading Review: Tiger King

So Scandi: CPH:DOX

Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival: an imperative for Copenhagen’s curious souls.

With its thumping heart situated in ‘Kunsthal Charlottenborg’ – one of Europe’s largest and most beautiful exhibition spaces for contemporary art – CPH:DOX is a dream come true for the documentary-lovers, aesthetes, and cinephiles of the Danish capital. Continue reading So Scandi: CPH:DOX

Review: Chasing Coral

In the last 30 years, 50% of the world’s corals have been lost, and we are likely to lose the remainder within the next 30 years. Chasing Coral documents a group’s project to record time lapses of coral bleaching events, in order to awaken the public’s attention to the effects of global warming in our oceans. It is a ninety-minute whirlwind of beautiful visuals, comic episodes, and most importantly, a stark relation of the catastrophic impact our actions have had upon corals. Continue reading Review: Chasing Coral

The Best Documentaries on Netflix

If you feel like swapping yet another re-watch of Friends for something a little more intellectually stimulating, there are some great and thought-provoking documentaries on Netflix that are definitely worth checking out. Plus, documentaries are educational, so you don’t even have to feel bad about procrastinating from your degree… Seeing Allred Gloria Allred is something of a household name in the US, as a top … Continue reading The Best Documentaries on Netflix

Documentary Review:“Queens of Syria”

What happens when refugees from wars like that in Syria reach a “safe haven” like Jordan? Much of our exposure to human displacement as a result of conflict focuses on the phenomenon of transition from one place to another, with only very occasional glimpses into what happens next. In this beautifully produced documentary directed by Yasmin Fedda, she and her team succeed in giving victims of … Continue reading Documentary Review:“Queens of Syria”

Documentary Review: ‘The Gay Word’ at The Glorious Art House

On hearing that Amy Ashenden’s ‘The Gay Word’ would focus on the teenage demographic in her documentary, I, being a British teenager myself, was particularly excited to find out about different perspectives on using ‘the gay word’ in a negative way. On Saturday 17th October, I headed to The Glorious Art House to discover whether its negative use was actually harmful to our society. With the top floor … Continue reading Documentary Review: ‘The Gay Word’ at The Glorious Art House