Doc House Presents: El Impenetrable Review

Deforestation is worrying threat to our ecosystem and something which people like Bruce Parry have documented well. Its impact on native tribes, who are often killed for their land, and the world at large cannot be underestimated.

Underground Review

It’s always interesting to see a British silent film as they seem to be a bit if  of a rarity when it comes to availability. So I was looking forward to  seeing Anthony Asquith’s (most famous for The Importance... Read More...

Interview with Emma Davie, co-director of I Am Breathing

Emma Davie’s and Morag Mckinnon’s documentary takes an intimate look at the damaging effects of Motor Neurone Disease on the 34-year old Neil Platt; a courageous, charismatic and witty man, who shows himself at his most vulnerable to raise awareness of MND. The film mixes archive home video footage, Neil’s blog entries, resonant images (space, the passing seasons and travelling on a country road), as well as interviews with Neil and Louise his wife to build a moving portrait of Neil and show the cyclical, passing nature of things. Priscilla Eyles talks to co-director Emma Davie about the process of making such a challenging film.

I Am Breathing Review

The reason for this gratitude is the result of Neil Platt’s story movingly and sensitively depicted in Emma Davies and Morag McKinnon’s (Donkeys, 2010) documentary. It’s the kind of documentary that from its premise- following the final months of 34-year-old Platt’s life as he suffers the devastating effects of Motor Neurone Disease, and tries to make sense of his life for his one-year-old son Oscar-sounds like it could be overwhelmingly depressing and morbid.

Beware of Mr. Baker Review

You clearly don’t want to piss the notorious Ginger Baker off, but this is what debut director Jay Bulgar can’t help but do, as even innocuous questions like why don’t you take up the drums again? Or prompts for elaboration or any kind of analysis from Bulgar are met with the utmost contempt from Baker (Baker: “Fuck, why do we have to talk about this shit?!"). Bulgar is also whacked with a crutch, and repeatedly insulted by the famously reluctant and belligerent interviewee (only Lou Reed can compete for sheer malevolence). So it really is a feat in itself that the courageous and obviously determined Bulgar was able to get any insights or anecdotes at all from Baker, let alone that many of the insights and anecdotes were poignant, revealing and interesting. It must’ve taken a long time and a hell of a lot of editing and patience and for that alone he deserves the Jury Prize at South By Southwest.