I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but the Catholic church is in somewhat of a quandary of late. What with the fact that it is effectively leaderless due to the departure of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and the small issue of scandal which is threatening to topple the church worldwide. When I hear about a […]
For his latest feature documentary Grasp the Nettle, director Dean Puckett gave up his normal life to live with activists in the Kew Bridge echo village and democracy village on parliament square, documenting not only the lives of the residents but also the wider societal issues their various movements attempted to address. Dean joins us […]
Grasp the Nettle (2012) Grasp the Nettle follows the exploits of a ragtag band of land rights activists in London as they struggle against corporations, government, police – and themselves – in their efforts to create alternative communities outside the framework of consumer society.
Early last year, I completed my debut feature film, Life Just Is – an arthouse drama about a week in the lives of some recent graduates who struggle to cope with the romantic and existential problems raised by the transition into adulthood proper. The making of the film was outlined on DN across three previous […]
“A” is much more than a feature film, it is inspired by the ancient myth of Antigone and has a totally different approach to filmmaking as a whole. We’ve been featuring and following the work of Greek director Stathis Athanasiou for several years here on DN and even from his first appearance on our pages […]
There have been numerous films which look in to the porn industry and the lives of the performers who make their living there, but very few have stuck around to see what becomes of those who move onto pastures new. Bryce Wagoner’s feature documentary After Porn Ends answers the question of what next for porn […]
After Porn Ends (2010) After Porn Ends, is a documentary that not only examines the lives and careers of some of the biggest names in the history of the adult entertainment industry; but what happens to them after they leave the business and try to live the average lives that millions of others enjoy.
I first came across Mark Jenkin’s work running Filmstock, when his first film Golden Burn came across our path. It’s been a long time since that film, and Jenkin has grown into an accomplished feature filmmaker. His latest film is Happy Christmas, shot in 2011 and released for free on Vimeo over the 2012 festive […]
While UK kids were entertained on Saturday afternoons by aged overweight wrestlers, in the US wrestling was a much more glamorous affair thanks to GLOW and the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Director Brett Whitcomb and writer Bradford Thomason join us to discuss the role of the writer in documentary filmmaking and how tapping into the […]
GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (2012) GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling chronicles the rise and fall of the first ever all- female wrestling show through the stories of those who lived it. From the initial open-call auditions, to the grueling training with wrestling legend Mando Guerrero, to […]