"The one film to watch this week"
“A Must-See Movie…a fascinating, tragicomic documentary”
ORION: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING tells the story of Jimmy Ellis - an unknown singer plucked from obscurity and thrust into the spotlight as part of a crazy scheme that had him masquerade as Elvis back from the grave.
Winner of the 2015 BIFA Discovery Award, plus the Grand Jury Prize for Best Music Documentary at the Nashville Film Festival, as well as Best International Documentary at In-Edit, Barcelona, and nominated for a Grand Jury Award at Sheffield Doc Fest. The film received its international premiere at Tribeca Film Festival, successful screenings followed at the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto and DOXA Documentary Film Festival in Vancouver before a general release in the UK and USA.
The film can be streamed on demand in various territories here.
“The film captures magnificently the spirit of the production in all its chaotic, funny, joyful and exhilarating glory”
“Engagingly told, this film works a treat because it avoids cliché and captures the enthusiasm of these amateur performers”
Screened to great acclaim on BBC Four during a packed Christmas TV schedule, the film was awarded Pick Of The Day in just about every newspaper and listings magazine out there.
It tells the story of how a small community theatre fights to keep afloat in austere times. With arts subsidies slashed, the cast must rely on ticket sales to keep afloat. This hilarious backstage glimpse follows their attempts to rehearse, provide costumes and scenery on a minuscule budget. The film movingly uncovers what it means to the cast, reflecting the vital and life-changing role the theatre plays in people's lives.
“This intelligent, hilarious documentary about punk’s poet laureate…features observations by Bill Bailey, Steve Coogan, Stewart Lee and a queue of Mancunian contemporaries. A real treat.”
Documentary which records and celebrates the life and works of 'punk poet' John Cooper Clarke, looking at his life as a poet, a comedian, a recording artist and revealing how he has remained a significant influence on contemporary culture over four decades.
The film premiered at the Sheffield Docfest 2012, and on National Poetry Day was screened via satellite across various UK cinemas with a live Q&A with the man himself. Also broadcast in the UK on BBC Four. The DVD with Special Features is available to purchase here.
“Proof that, in the right hands, documentaries boast as much heart as any feature. This one got soul too. Wonderful.”
SOUND IT OUT is a documentary portrait of the very last surviving vinyl record shop in Teesside, in the North East of England. Starring Tom, Kelly, David, Daniel, 70,000 records and the good people of Teesside. A distinctive, funny and intimate film about men, obsession and the irreplaceable role that music plays in our lives.
My grade was designed to balance out the mixed formats used during filming and imbue the whole thing with a warmth that matches the heartfelt narrative. The film was screened at festivals across the world and broadcast on BBC Four in the UK.
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