Category Archives: Documentary

HUMAN NATURE (2020): New Trailer For Documentary About Gene Editing Technology, CRISPR…

Human Nature (2019), Greenwich Entertainment
Human Nature (2019), Greenwich Entertainment

Co-written / directed by Adam Bolt, Human Nature is a new documentary about the biggest tech revolution of the 21st Century. A biological technology called CRISPR – one that provides unprecedented control over the basic building blocks of life.

From curing diseases, reshaping the biosphere to designing our own children and more…

CRISPR had me wondering about just how much more time data has as ‘the most valuable asset on earth,‘ (The Great Hack (2019). Then I realised that CRISPR is data.

I’m very interested in how the tech came to be and all the arguments for and against.

Featured contributors and experts include  David Baltimore, Jill Banfield, Rodolphe Barrangou  Aliza Ben-Baruch, Joab Camarena, Alta Charo, Emmanuelle Charpentier, Paul Dabrowski and Jennifer Doudna.

Human Nature Release Dates

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NIGHT ON EARTH (2020): New Trailer For Documentary About What Animals Do During The Night…

Night On Earth (2020), Netflix
Night On Earth (2020), Netflix

Thanks to advances in technology, new Netflix documentary Night On Earth will show us the the hidden lives of the world’s animals during night time.

From lions, Elephants, bats and more Night On Earth is narrated by Samira Wiley who’s most well known for playing Poussey Washington in Of Orange Is The New Black

I’m in for the animals (especially the big cats) and the beautiful images.

I wonder if this film will include foxes. I see them more often than I’d like at night, in London. Let’s just say that I’m glad they’re quite easily startled by people.

Night On Earth Release Dates: January 29th, 2020 / Netflix

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CONFUCIAN DREAM (2019): New Trailer For Documentary About A Young Mother's Enthusiasm For Confucianism, Against Her Family's Wishes…

Confucian Dream (2019), First Run Features
Confucian Dream (2019), First Run Features

Directed by Mijie Li, Confucian Dream is a new documentary about a young Chinese mother named Chaoyan, and her truggle to bring ancient teachings of Confucianism into her modern family.

Having transitioned from countryside dweller to her new city based role as wife and mother with a steady job, Chaoyan is determined to rid her life of the emptiness she finds at home with her family…

I’m curious about confucianism’s focus on the importance of the family, social harmony, and the reasons Chaoyan’s family give for not wanting it in their lives.

Confucian Dream Release Dates

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WHAT SHE SAID – The Art Of Pauline Kael (2018): New Trailer For Documentary About Celebrated 20th Century Female Film Critic, Pauline Kael…

What She Said - The Art Of Pauline Kael (2018), Pauline Kael
What She Said – The Art Of Pauline Kael (2018), Pauline Kael

What She Said – The Art Of Pauline Kael is a new documentary about the work and life of controversial film critic Pauline Kael.

From writer / director Rob Garver, the film focuses on Kael’s battle to achieve success and influence in the 20th century movie business, and features interviews with Quentin Tarantino, Woody Allen, Lili Anolik, Alec Baldwin…

I hadn’t heard of Kael until now. That’s perhaps not too surprising considering my approach to writing ‘reviews’ / sharing my thoughts on films I’ve seen. I’m nevertheless interested in Kael’s story especially because of her reputation

Francis Ford Coppola, Dick Cavett, Johnny Carson, John Boorman and Carol Baum also make a n appearance.

What She Said – The Art Of Pauline Kael Release Dates: December 25th, 2019 (US)…

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MEL BROOKS – UNWRAPPED (2019): New Trailer For Documentary About Mel Brooks…

Mel Brooks - Unwrapped (2019), Mel Brooks, HBO
Mel Brooks – Unwrapped (2019), Mel Brooks, HBO

Told through hilarious and insightful interviews with producer Alan Yentob, Mel Brooks – Unwrapped is a new documentary that promises a look back at the legendary career of award-winning actor, writer, producer and director Mel Brooks.

Mel Brooks – Unwrapped also features footage of Yentob following Brooks in his day-to-day life…

I must confess that Brooks is an artist I know of more than I know about.

I’m definitely now quite curious after seeing this fun trailer. Especially since I rather enjoyed this particular brand of silliness

Mel Brooks – Unwrapped Release Dates: December 13th, 2019 (US) / HBO…

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THE CONFESSION KILLER (2019): New Trailer For Documentary About American Serial killer Henry Lee Lucas…

The Confession Killer (2019), Henry Lee Lucas, Netflix
The Confession Killer (2019), Henry Lee Lucas, Netflix

The Confession Killer is the story of Henry Lee Lucas, a man who in the early 80s, confessed to the murder of hundreds of people…

I didn’t know anything about Lucas before now, and based on the clips shown in this trailer, he kind of looks like a ‘bad actor.’ Dare I say, quite unconvincing. Perhaps it’s just the way his face rests.

If the whole thing was indeed a hoax, I can’t wait to hear how his mental state is explained.

The Confession Killer Release Dates: December 6th, 2019 (US)…

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MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED (2019): New Trailer For documentary About Teenagers voted Most Likely To Succeed In 2009…

Most Likely To Succeed (2019), Level 33 Entertainment
Most Likely To Succeed (2019), Level 33 Entertainment

Directed by award winning photographer Pamela Littky, Most Likely To Succeed is a documentary that follows four teenagers who were voted ‘Most Likely To Succeed during their senior year of high school in 2007.

Filmed over the course of ten years we’ll get to see Peter Hayes, Sarah Kaiser-Cross, Quidrela Lewis and Charles Rider chart their own version of success and navigate the unpredictability of American life in the 21st Century…

I can’t quite picture myself volunteering to do what these teenagers did but as someone who grew up watching quite a few of the 7 Up documentary series which followed the lives of fourteen British children since 1964, I know how interesting this can be.

I’m especially intrigued because I’ve lived through the same periods the teenagers lived through, so I’m looking forward to their take on it all.

Most Likely to Succeed Release Dates: December 6th, 2019 (US)…

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TELL ME WHO I AM (2019): The Thing I Liked…

Tell Me Who I Am (2019), Alex Lewis, Netflix
Tell Me Who I Am (2019), Alex Lewis, Netflix

In Tell Me Who I Am, life changes dramatically for 18 year old twin brothers Alex and Marcus Lewis. Following a motorcycle accident that leaves Alex with very little memory, Marcus has to decide whether to tell his brother the horrific truth of their childhood or make up a whole new idilic one. Marcus opts for the latter – for reasons including recounting the truth would simply be too much for himself to bear, let alone his twin brother who’s in an extremely vulnerable state. 

Fast forward to the present day, several decades later, and though the brothers have written a book about their heartbreaking story, Marcus still hasn’t shared everything with his brother, that is until this documentary. Through the use of old photographs, interviews with both brothers – separately and together, we get to watch an extraordinary story of love, trauma, memory, personal responsibility and healing.

There were definitely moments during director Ed Perkins’s film that had me wishing for the story to move along a little faster. Nevertheless, I don’t regret sitting through all of it. And the reason I won’t be forgetting Tell Me Who I Am any time soon is not so much about the horror of what Alex and Marcus were forced to endure, both inside and out of their family home, a home which quite frankly looks like the set of a nightmare inducing horror film. No.

Tell Me Who I Am will stay with me for the same reason director Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate (2019) – the biography of celebrated Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh stays with me. The gift and blessing of siblinghood. Or, more specifically in this case, brotherhood. 

I’m almost certain that both Van Gogh and Alex would not have survived much longer without their truly loving brothers. Not to say that Marcus did everything exactly right, but considering all the hurt and trauma he was carrying, how could one really be surprised by his choices? 

Lastly, Tell Me Who I Am certainly isn’t ’easy viewing.’ Watch it for a better understanding of the human experience that will likely make you grateful for the existence of good siblings, blood related or otherwise.

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