Top of the Docs #3 – 'Goshogaoka' and Ambient as a Documentary Genre

When we think of basketball, it’s hard not to think of pace. The game is hardwired to be fast and physically demanding, something obvious from watching even five minutes of a game. This combination of speed, athleticism and strategy is what forms the very core of basketball. And it is exactly those qualities that Goshogaoka lacks.

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Hitting Zero: How ‘Cheer’ Uses Its Cheerleaders to Re-Invent Its Narrative

Cheer allows Daytona to be more than just the observation it had been up until this point, turning it into a participation between subject and crew that makes this docu-series much more personal.

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REVIEW: 'Church and State' (2018) Represents Both Sides of the Argument With Compassion and Respect

Church and State is a documentary focusing on a Utah court case that was led by an inexperienced gay man. Due to the pervasiveness of religion in the state, it was believed to not succeed. Despite all odds, however, the case succeeded in creating marriage equality, setting a legal precedent for the Supreme Court ruling in 2015.

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Top of the Docs #1 – When the Levees Broke (2006, Spike Lee)

Hello everyone! Welcome to Top of the Docs! Where, rather than lip-synching, we instead look each week at a specific documentary we feel deserves its 15 minutes.

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: “Almost Too Beautiful To Be Real” – ‘Apollo 11’ (2019)

“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Perhaps one of the most famous phrases ever said by a human. Apollo 11 puts this iconic moment into context; mapping the journey to the moon using audio and footage that had been stored in the NASA vaults until now.

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REVIEW: “A Reminder That People Need People” – ‘Kingdom of Us’ (2017)

In 2007, Paul Shanks committed suicide leaving behind wife Vikie, six daughters and a son. Kingdom Of Us is an extraordinarily personal insight into the grieving process of this family and a reflection of a mother’s strength in the face of tragedy. Ten years on from Paul Shanks’ death, Lucy Cohen’s 2017 documentary Kingdom Of…

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BFI FLARE REVIEW: 'United We Fan' (2019) Honours the Fans Who Fight Back

Honouring the fans who fight back. Documentary United We Fan shines a spotlight on the determined efforts fans have gone to for their favourite shows. The film delves beneath the surface of these communities in order to honour devoted individuals. Putting faces to legacies, United We Fan centrally chronicles the works of three women who…

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REVIEW: 'Iris' (2014) is the Portrait of a NY Style Icon

Iris Apfel is rarely seen without her signature oversized, round-frame glasses. For decades Apfel has been a flamboyant presence on the New York fashion scene and although her pace may be slow, her wit is consistently quick. Iris (2014) is Albert Maysles’ documentary centred on a character study of the intriguing Iris Apfel. Although the…

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