Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.

Critic reviews

‘20 Feet from Stardom, this year's Oscar-winner for Best Documentary, is both rousing, upbeat fare… and a film steeped in a strange sense of yearning and regret.’Independent (UK)

‘Such a great idea for a documentary, and such a surprise to realise that it has never been done before.’ Guardian

‘The parade of incredible women, the stream of songs you won't believe they sang on, and those irresistible voices belting out keep the rhythm going through the schmaltz, even if the conductor seems to have dropped his hymn book.’ CineVue

Awards

Academy Awards, USA 2014 Winner of the Oscar for Best Documentary, Features.

Australian Film Critics Association Awards 2018 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best International Film (English Language)

American Cinema Editors, USA 2014 Winner of the Eddie for Best Edited Documentary - Feature.

Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2013 Winner of the Music Documentary Audience Award for Morgan Neville.

Making its’ world premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival, and winner of the best direction in a documentary at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards, All This Mayhem is a searing account of what happens when raw talent and extreme personalities collide. In this unflinching, never-before-seen account of drugs and the dark side of professional skateboarding, brothers Tas and Ben Pappas' intense bond and charisma take them from the pinnacle of their sport into a spiraling world of self-destruction.

Critic Reviews

‘A sad, involving story.’ The Guardian ‘Martin has bestowed cinematic order on mayhem-fuelled lives.’ Little White Lies ‘All This Mayhem captivates not only in its energetic style of storytelling, but also thanks to the charisma that exudes from the mouth of Tas as he honesty tells his side of this doomed Shakespearean tale.’ CineVue ‘Candid and clear-eyed, this doc will wow boarding fans but has something to offer to the unconverted too.’ Empire Magazine

Awards

Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards, winner of the best direction in a documentary, best editing in a documentary, best original music score in a documentary.
In Gore Vidal's America, the political coup has already happened. In this film Gore Vidal's acerbic, opinionated and informed approach rips away at the facade of the new America. The film dramatises Gore's political views and his concern at the present state of American democracy using interviews and historical footage of his famous appearances on television and talk shows over the last fifty years. In the recently filmed interviews Gore examines the course of American history and policy making and draws dramatic conclusions on the fate of the nation in the modern age. Winner of the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the United Nations Association Film Festival 2013, Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia is a 2013 documentary film about the life and career of author Gore Vidal. It premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2013. No twentieth-century figure has had a more profound effect on the worlds of literature, film, politics, historical debate, and the culture wars than Gore Vidal. Anchored by intimate one-on-one interviews with the man himself, Nicholas Wrathall's new documentary is a fascinating and wholly entertaining portrait of the last lion of the age of American liberalism. Commentary by those who knew him best-including filmmaker/nephew Burr Steers and the late Christopher Hitchens-blends with footage from Vidal's legendary on-air career to remind us why he will forever stand as one of the most brilliant and fearless critics of our time. </P

Critic Reviews

‘Vidal was our last great Roman senator, mourning the republic as he gazed at a corrupt empire. "Whenever I want to know what the United States is up to," he said, "I look into my own black heart.”’ Boston Globe ‘We watch before our eyes as Vidal goes from an impossibly handsome young man to a broken-down old one, and age does nothing for his mood.’ San Fransisco Chronicle ‘Vidal proves a great one for carving up sacred cows - the Founders, Lincoln, Kennedy, The New York Times, and on occasion, the most holy bovine of the self.’ San Diego Reader

Awards

Aspen Filmfest 2013, Audience Special Recognition - Documentary Palm Springs International Film Festival 2014, winner of best documentary feature Traverse City Film Festival 2013, winner of the founders prize - special award United Nations Association Film Festival 2013, winner of the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary
The Flowers of War
An American finds refuge during the 1937 Japanese invasion of Nanking in a church with a group of women. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety.

Award winning The Flowers of War is a 2011 historical drama war film directed by Zhang Yimou, starring Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Zhang Xinyi, Tong Dawei, Atsuro Watabe, Shigeo Kobayashi and Cao Kefan. The beautifully shot story is set in Nanking, China, during the 1937 Nanking Massacre in the Second Sino-Japanese War. A group of escapees, finding sanctuary in a church compound, try to survive the plight and persecution brought on by the violent invasion of the city.

Pete Hammond from Boxoffice Magazine gave it 4 stars of 5, and said "The Flowers of War is ultimately an inspiring, stirring and unforgettable human drama in the face of a horrifying war. It is highly recommended.

"The Flowers of War is a big movie in every sense of the word, from its kinetic battle scenes to the beautiful photography and impressive performances from a mostly young and inexperienced cast."

Critic Reviews

'Bale is forthright and emotional in the role, and with a hint of boyish vulnerability, even reminds us of his 13-year-old self in Spielberg's Empire of the Sun.' The Guardian

'As you'd expect, it's beautiful, emotional and exciting, if florid in style. Bale, beauties and English dialogue widen Yimou's appeal.' Empire


Awards

Asian Film Awards 2012 Winner of the Asian Film Award for Best Newcomer Ni Ni

Asian Film Critics Association Awards 2012 Winner of the NETPAC Award for Best Picture, Best Director and Best New Performer

Chinese American Film Festival (C.A.F.F.) 2012 Winner of the Golden Angel Award for Outstanding Film

Chinese Film Media Awards 2012 Winner of the Audience Award for Favourite Actor - Dawei Tong and Favorite Actress - Ni Ni

Shanghai Film Critics Awards 2012 Winner of the Film of Merit

Shanghai Film Critics Award winner of Best Actress - Ni Ni

Writers Guild of China Film Association 2012 Winner of the WGC Award for Outstanding Screenplay

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