In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh (Robert Gulaczyk) to deliver the troubled artist's final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.
Loving Vincent is a 2017 experimental animated biographical drama film about the life of the painter Vincent van Gogh, and, in particular, about the circumstances of his death. It is the first fully painted animated feature film. The film, written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, is a Polish-UK co-production, funded by the Polish Film Institute, and partially through a Kickstarter campaign.
Each of the film's 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, created using the same techniques as Van Gogh by a team of 125 artists drawn from around the globe. The film premiered at the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. It won Best Animated Feature Film Award at the 30th European Film Awards in Berlin and was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 90th Academy Awards.
‘It's impossible not to be swept up by the artistic achievements on show. Van Gogh's distinct brush strokes, lovingly recreated frame by frame, bring this animation vividly alive.’ South China Morning Post
‘There is so much going on in every frame that it's hard to stop thinking long enough to become emotionally involved. But it hardly matters. This time it really is a case of art for art's sake.’ Sydney Morning Herald
‘There's a lot here to love.’ London Evening Herald
Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2018 Winner of the EDA Award for Best Animated Feature Film
Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature
European Film Awards 2017 Winner of the European Film Award for Best European Animated Feature Film
Golden Trailer Awards 2017 Winner of the Golden Trailer for Best Foreign Animation/Family Trailer
National Board of Review, USA 2017 Winner of the NBR Award for Top Ten Independent Films
Online Film & Television Association 2018 Winner of the OFTA Film Award for Best Animated Picture
Palm Springs International Animation Festival and Expo 2017 Winner of the Jury Award for Best Animated Feature
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.
‘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
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.
In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city's history.
A Most Violent Year is a 2014 American crime drama film written and directed by J. C. Chandor. The film stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain with Alessandro Nivola, David Oyelowo, Albert Brooks, and Catalina Sandino Moreno. The protagonist is Abel Morales (Isaac), the owner of a small heating-oil company who is stressed by the competitiveness in the oil trade and his having to secure costly loans to expand his business. When his trucks start being hijacked, there is increased pressure for his drivers to arm themselves.
The film premiered as the opening film of AFI Fest on November 6, 2014, and it was released theatrically on December 31, 2014. It garnered positive reviews, and J. C. Chandor, Neal Dodson, and Anna Gerb won the National Board of Review Award for Best Film.
'The underside of the American Dream is on display in A Most Violent Year, a drama about an immigrant trying to make his way to the top.' Toronto Sun
'Bradford Young's cinematography is awesome, transforming bleak wastelands and mansions into visions of light. It's as if we're seeing everything through the eyes of Morales, to whom America is beauty incarnate.' London Evening Standard
'Simmering with drama, A Most Violent Year is one of the best films yet from Isaac or Chandor, and that's saying something' One Room with a View
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2015 Winner Critics' Choice MVP Award Jessica Chastain
CINE Golden Eagle Film and Video Competition 2015 Winner Golden Eagle Narrative Content: Feature - Live Action A24
CinEuphoria Awards 2016 Winner CinEuphoria Top Ten of the Year - Audience Award
IGN Summer Movie Awards 2014 Winner IGN Award Best Movie Supporting Actress Jessica Chastain
Art of the Prank is an emotional and humorous journey following the evolution of Joey Skaggs, Godfather of the media hoax, as he tries to pull off the most challenging prank of his career. This is interwoven with amazing archive footage of his earlier escapades-all reported as fact by prestigious journalists. The resulting twists and turns provide unprecedented insight into Joey's work as an artist, activist and social satirist.
Award-winning documentary about New York artist Joey Skaggs, the godfather of the media hoax, as he tries to pull off the most challenging prank of his career.
Lower East Side Film Festival 2016, winner of best of fest
San Francisco Docfest 2016, winner of the Jury Prize
Slamdance Film Festival 2016, winner of best documentary feature
The Alhambra Theatre Film Festival 2016, winner of best documentary
Two teenage boys in Scotland in 1994, best friends with no control over their lives, risk everything to attend an illegal rave, hoping for the best night of their boring lives.
Beats is a 2019 British drama film directed Brian Welsh. It was based upon a play of the same name by Kieran Hurley, who adapted the screenplay with Welsh; Steven Soderbergh acts as an executive producer. The plot follows a pair of teenage friends in 1994 Scotland who try and sneak into an illegal rave party.
"Well-acted and enlivened by an evocative soundtrack and period detail, Beats draws timeless themes out of its specific story and setting.”
Wendy Ide of The Guardian gave the film 4/5 stars, writing: "It's a terrific little film that combines the earthy humour and honesty of a Shane Meadows movie with an unexpected expressionistic section – flooded with colour – that channels the boys' joyful dancefloor abandon.” In a separate Guardian review, Mike McCahill gave it three stars, saying that "this teen bromance eventually escapes into amiable nostalgia and artful euphoria”
‘This tender, detail-filled movie lives for the moment.’ New York Times
‘Welsh has delivered a compelling snapshot of an era and captured a moment in life when friendship is at its most sustaining.’ Sydney Morning Herald
‘The script, adapted by Welsh and Kieran Hurley from Hurley's play, is especially good on the preciousness and subjectivity of cultural experience.’ Times UK
‘Funny, as well as emotionally rewarding.’ London Evening Standard
BAFTA Awards, Scotland 2019 Winner of the BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor - Film
British Independent Film Awards 2019 Winner of the British Independent Film Award for Best Cinematography - Benjamin Kracun and winner for Best Sound
Film by the Sea International Film Festival 2019 Winner of the International Student Jury Award - International Student Jury for Brian Welsh (director)
Hamilton Behind The Camera Awards 2019 Winner of the Behind the Camera Award - Torino Film Festival 2019 for Brian Welsh (director)
A documentary on legendary movie-poster artist Drew Struzan.
Drew: The Man Behind the Poster is a 2013 American documentary film about the career of film poster artist Drew Struzan. It is directed by Erik Sharkey and premiered on July 19, 2013 at the San Diego Comic-Con International.
‘The Norman Rockwell of movie advertising steps in front of the camera for a long-overdue celebration sure to delight fans and heighten awareness of his legacy.’ Variety
‘Drew makes a valid case for the artist as not simply an all-time great, but as a casualty of a business that prizes bottom-line cost management above unique creativity.’ AV Club
Dragon*Con Independent Film Festival 2014 - Winner of Best Feature Film
Ridgewood Guild Film Festival, US 2014 - Winner of the Festival Prize for Best Documentary
Following the style of some of the world's most prolific street artists, an amateur filmmaker makes a foray into the art world.
Exit Through the Gift Shop: A Banksy Film is a 2010 British documentary film, directed by street artist Banksy. It tells the story of Thierry Guetta, a French immigrant in Los Angeles, and his obsession with street art.
The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival on 24 January 2010, and it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
"An amusing, engrossing look at underground art, Exit Through the Gift Shop entertains as it deflates the myths and hype surrounding its subjects." The film was also nominated for Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 83rd Academy Awards.
New York Film Critics Online bestowed its Best Documentary Award on the film in 2010. French journalist Marjolaine Gout gave it 4 stars out of 5, linking Mr. Brainwash and Jeff Koons and criticizing Thierry Guetta's art as toilet papering.
‘Banksy proves that his talents extend beyond the spray can to the movie camera.’ Independent (UK)
‘Exit Through the Gift Shop offers an absorbing glimpse of a bracingly subversive slice of the culture, as well as some tantalizing images of Banksy at work.’ Washington Post
‘As insightful as it is funny. You'll be enthralled.’ People Magazine
American Cinema Editors, USA 2011 Winner of the Eddie for Best Edited Documentary
Austin Film Critics Association 2010 Winner of theAFCA Award for Best Documentary
Central Ohio Film Critics Association 2011 Winner of theCOFCA Award for Best Documentary
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2010 Winner CFCA Award for Best Documentary
Denver Film Critics Society 2011 Winner of the DFCS Award for Best Documentary Film
Film Independent Spirit Awards 2011 Winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary
International Cinephile Society Awards 2011 - Winner of the ICS Award for Best Documentary
New York Film Critics, Online 2010 Winner of the NYFCO Award for Best Documentary
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards 2010 Winner of the SDFCS Award for Best Documentary
Toronto Film Critics Association Awards 2010 Winner of the Allan King Documentary Award
Winner of the TFCA Award Best First Feature
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards 2010 Winner of the WAFCA Award for Best 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.
‘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
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
Whitney is a 2018 documentary film about the American singer and actress Whitney Houston. The film was directed by Kevin Macdonald and produced by Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn and Lisa Erspamer. Whitney was screened out of competition at the world premiere as part of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival on 16 May 2018 with a cinema release on 6 July 2018.
Terri White for Empire gave it 4/5, calling it: "A sobering, haunting but completely fresh look at Whitney's life and death that will reframe everything you think you know about the singer." Owen Gleiberman of Variety wrote: "In Whitney, Macdonald lays out Houston's story—the light and the darkness—in a classically etched, kinetically edited way. He makes superb use of archival footage, tickles us with montages of her heyday (not just Houston but the whole era—the way her songs, in hindsight, tapped into a certain free-floating ’80s jubilance), and interviews her family members and associates. The film captures the quality that made Whitney Houston magical, but more than that it puts together the warring sides of her soul."
‘Macdonald makes artful use of jarring, subversive cuts to highlight the contradictions in Houston's career.’ New Yorker
‘Kevin Macdonald's "Whitney" is a documentary chronicle of Whitney Houston's life; it's tough-minded, unsparing and far superior to the biopic and the nonfiction film that preceded it.’ Wall Street Journal
‘Kevin Macdonald's electrifying and empathetic doc on Whitney Houston drops a shocking revelation about abuse- but if his look at how she fell apart shortchanges the range of her talent it is anything but sensationalistic,’ Rolling Stone
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2018 Winner of Best Documentary Feature Film