sat 26/09/2020

documentary

White Riot review - energetic documentary races through the history of Rock Against Racism

This documentary about the 1970s activist movement Rock Against Racism comes with festival prizes and much acclaim. It’s certainly a nostalgic feast for those old enough to remember when punk and reggae musicians were purposely united and it’s a...

Read more...

Extinction: The Facts, BBC One review - David Attenborough tells a devastating story

Fires are raging: by human agency – unthinking greed – in the Amazonian rainforest, by climate change, arson and accident in California and the American Northwest, and barely under control in Australia, another country whose leading politicians and...

Read more...

Max Richter's Sleep review - refreshing as a good night's rest

If there was ever a balm for these confusing times, then it’s Max Richter’s Sleep, a lullaby of a documentary that explores the composer’s eight-hour-plus experimental 2015 composition based on sleep cycles. Richter is a remarkable...

Read more...

Sheridan Smith: Becoming Mum, ITV review - will motherhood be the gateway to a new life?

Apart from her acting abilities, the qualities which made Sheridan Smith a star were her authenticity and lack of pretension. Both shone brightly from ITV's affecting documentary, in which Smith assessed how her success affected her mental health...

Read more...

Our World: Colombia - Saving Eden, BBC Two review - the war is over, but can they save the rainforests?

Stories of the destruction of the natural environment are depressingly common, but Frank Gardner brought a fresh slant to this punchy account of a botanical expedition to Colombia (BBC Two). Best known as the BBC’s security correspondent, Gardner...

Read more...

Directors Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui: 'The disability community is the world community'

In 2018, directors Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui burst onto the documentary scene with McQueen, a visually stunning study of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen. Acclaim and offers followed, but no-one could have predicted the subject of...

Read more...

Manctopia: Billion Pound Property Boom, BBC Two review - winners and losers as Manchester becomes Manc-hattan

“Manctopia” sounds like a blissed-out buzzword from the golden years of New Order and Happy Mondays, but in this four-part series (BBC Two) it’s used to describe the explosive redevelopment of Manchester. One of the fastest growing cities in Europe...

Read more...

Cuba: Castro vs the World, BBC Two - turbulent life and times of El Comandante

During World War Two, President Franklin D Roosevelt described the USA as “the arsenal of democracy”. Only a couple of decades later, Fidel Castro was busily turning Cuba, only 100 miles from the US mainland, into the factory of revolution,...

Read more...

Our Baby: A Modern Miracle, Channel 4 review - trailblazing couple's amazing journey

On one level this documentary could be summed up as “parents have baby”, but since the parents in question are “Britain’s most prominent transgender couple”, it was a lot more complicated than that. Jake Graf used to be a woman and his wife Hannah...

Read more...

Laurel Canyon, Sky Documentaries review - musical bliss in lotus land

It was Alison Ellwood who directed 2013’s History of the Eagles, and now she’s at the helm of this new two-parter on Sky Documentaries, telling the story of the Los Angeles music scene from the mid-Sixties to the early Seventies. The musicians’...

Read more...

Bears About the House, BBC Two review - uphill struggle to save hunted animals

Sun bears and moon bears are probably doomed, so why bother? Wildlife trafficking is a hugely profitable worldwide criminal enterprise, with small charities (fingers in the dyke, anyone?) doing their best to stem the flow.The international charity...

Read more...

The Real Eastenders, Channel 4 review - timewarp on the Thames

This quirky little film about the Isle of Dogs (Channel 4), a vanishing fragment of the old London docklands overshadowed by the Canary Wharf skyscrapers while its traditional homes are usurped by new and unloveable tower blocks, presented a...

Read more...
Subscribe to documentary