Mea Maxima Culpa DVD Review

Alex Gibney's Mea Maxima Culpa is one of the most revealing, shattering and important documentaries of the last decade; detailing the sex scandal, which eventually became the Lawrence Murphy case, one of the bi... Read More...

East End Film Festival: After Tiller

Martha Lane and Lana Wilson’s documentary After Tiller focuses entirely on third-trimester abortions, those undertaken after the twenty first week of pregnancy, or more specifically the doctors (there are only four) who offer these late period abortions and the toll such a procedure has on them. For a look at the whole spectrum of the abortion debate, go to Tony Kayes expansive, balanced and troubling 2006 documentary Lakes of Fire (yes, he did something after American History X, something much better,) as After Tiller isn’t trying to offer that. After Tiller is much more personal and specific, though no less informative and challenging.

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.

Village at the End of the World Review

Village at the End of the World is a seductive documentary and it succeeds in it's seduction in a number of ways; for a start, it clocks in at 78 minutes, during which time the audience are taken on a fulfilling and heartfelt journey from an intriguing introduction to a seemingly final conclusion.

Sundance London: God Loves Uganda Review

A good issue documentary should educate as well as incense, and as much as the content contained is pertinent and its message valuable, Roger Ross William’s God Loves Uganda contains little actual information that the general news coverage of the atrocities of the Ugandan Anti-Homosexual campaigns had not already revealed. What it does offer is an angle, the unsurprising but nevertheless exasperating harmful role of the Christian right.