Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles is a new documentary about renowned chef Yotam Ottolenghi and his collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Directed by Laura Gabbert; the film follows five visionary pastry makers as they endeavor to construct an extravagant food gala based on the art exhibit “Visitors to Versailles.”
This I’ll be watching to feast my eyes on the gorgeous edible creations, and to reminisce about my favourite Ottolenghi pastries. The ones that were so beautifully displayed in the restaurant window that I always had great difficulty walking by without picking up one or two things.
Janice Wong, Ghaya Oliveira, Deborah Krohn, Dinara Kasko, Sam Bompas and Dominique Ansel are also featured in Gabbert’s film.
Oliver Sacks – His Own Life is a new documentary about the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller.
From director Ric Burns, His Own Life shares intimate details of Sack’s battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact.
I’m in for the story of an impressive human being. One whose exploration of unknown mental worlds helped redefine our understanding of the brain and mind, the diversity of human experience, and our shared humanity.
Imagine photographing a Polar Bear underwater while swimming alongside it. It’s easier to picture when you learn that the person who wants to do this is world renowned wildlife photographer Amos Nachoum.
This is in fact Nachoum’s one remaining photographic dream, and Picture of HisLife is the story of his journey to make it come true.
Written/directed by Dani Menkin and Yonatan Nir; additional key cast includes Adam Ravetch and Howard Rosenstein.
I’m absolutely in for the photos, and of course the story of a passion that resulted in a lifelong commitment to the ocean, and little else.
Watching Dads, Bryce Dallas Howard’s Fathers Day documentary succeeded at putting a smile on my face, as predicted. An exploratory look at contemporary fatherhood that celebrates good fathers, I enjoyed listening to all the dads; many famous and some less so as they shared their fears, hopes and approaches to fatherhood in the modern-day.
Dads is a celebration of the good fathers out there; a documentary touches on the fundamentals of what makes a good father, regardless of society’s rigid expectations about a father’s role.
Dads was never meant o be the most thorough study of fatherhood. It’s a film about ‘friends’ sharing their experiences of fatherhood, what inspired their approach to it and what they hope to achieve.
Ultimately, Howard’s film will be a different experience for each person dependant on their relationship with their father. What you’ll realise by the end, if not sooner is this, great dads are a massive gift, regardless of whether they’re yours or someone else’s.
Kenan Thompson, Jimmy Kimmel, Patton Oswalt, Judd Apatow, Will Smith, Hasan Minhaj and Ken Jeong are among the famous fathers featured.
Suzi Q, a documentary about Suzi Quatro; an American rock singer-songwriter who helped redefine the role of women in rock ‘n’ roll in the early 70s is a film I was drawn to because I like stories about pioneers and strong courageous people.
From director Liam Firmager; we get to hear from Quatro herself; while also learning about her from family, friends and peers – including Joan Jett, Henry Winkler, Alice Cooper, Debbie Harry and KT Tunstall.
I hadn’t heard of Quatro until this documentary. Now that I’m more familiar, rather than being a fan of Quatro’s music, I’m more a fan of what she represents. The fact that she’s the first female bass player to become a major rockstar is a notable achievement. Especially around fifty years ago during an even more sexist period in the music industry.
I’m certainly glad to have learned about Quatro, even though there are periods during Suzi Q when I found myself not as engaged as I wanted to be.
Overall, I can’t say that Suzi Q is close to the best music documentary I’ve seen. Nevertheless, If you’re curious about Quatro’s journey, and especially if you’re a fan of her music, then give Suzi Q a chance.