Podcasting is a relatively new medium that has it’s roots in the early 2000’s; with the term ‘podcasting’ believed to be coined around 2004. Thanks to pioneers such as Leo Laporte, Adam Carolla, Kevin Smith & Joe Rogan the medium has seen incredible growth in recent years; with thousands of podcasts worldwide covering every conceivable subject matter in many different languages. In 2013, Apple reported over 1 Billion podcast subscriptions on it’s iTunes Store. In 2015, podcaster & comedian Marc Maron interviewed sitting president Barack Obama in his garage. Awareness of the medium has also increased and has been featured in Movies and TV shows such as The Big Bang Theory. However, podcasting is still regarded as ‘new media’.
Mansfield 66/67 is a film documenting the life and untimely death of actress, starlet and Hollywood legend Jayne Mansfield from directors P. David Ebersole & Todd Hughes and made in association with students at Leeds Beckett university.
Directed and written by Simon Napier-Bell, created to coincide with the 50 anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, this is an engaging but informative journey through LGBT history in UK since 1967 and how changes in politics and social attitudes, for better or worse, have evolved over the subsequent decades.
“…a meditative exploration of our relationship with silence, sound and the impact of noise on our lives. Beginning with an ode to John Cage’s ground-breaking composition 4’33”, In Pursuit of Silence takes us on an immersive cinematic journey around the globe– from a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto, to the streets of the loudest city on the planet, Mumbai during the wild festival season – and inspires us to experience silence and celebrate the wonders of our world”
LoveTrue is a new indie documentary from Director Alma Har’el (Bombay Beach) and is executive-produced by Shia LaBeouf (Transformers). Continue reading
This real-life documentary from director Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami follows the every-day life of Afghan refugee Sonita Alizadeh; now living in Iran.
Some titles we have previously reviewed which are now on Netflix UK.
This documentary (a joint venture between Fuel Entertainment and Xbox Presents) explores one of the great urban myths in video gaming, the dumping of around 700,000 copies of the Atari game ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,’ for the classic Atari 2600 console at a dumping site in Alamogordo, New Mexico.
4/5 – An insightful uncovering of the greatest urban myth in gaming whilst also exploring the companies history. Continue reading
The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened? is the long-awaited documentary from director Jon Schnepp which will delve into the infamous canned Superman movie project which initially had writer Kevin Smith & director Tim Burton attached. Nicholas Cage was cast as Superman; and there is even footage of the screen tests he did in costume for this film however after under-going several rewrites and delays the project rested in studio development hell.
According to the film-makers the documentary will cover everything ever made for this film, interviews with people who were involved (including Smith, Burton & producer Jon Peters) and even recreations of scenes from the original script. The funds for this documentary were raised through a successful crowd-funding campaign as well as from individual investors. A poster and final trailer was released this week.
So much attention is paid in the media to Actors & Directors; but very little notice is given to the production team behind the scenes that help bring the film together and take very little of the credit for the end result. One such group of un-sung heroes is Composers and this is who this documentary focuses on.
A good or bad score can make or break a film and in some genres is crucial to support the action and/or emotion of the piece. This is no simple task; the composer must shape their score around the director’s vision and work within the constantly evolving nature of a film in production. Continue reading