Ten Documentaries to See at BFI London Film Festival 2017
Here's my list of top 10 documentaries to look out for at the BFI London Film Festival. Other documentaries worth seeing that I couldn't squeeze into my top 10 list include Bamseom Pirates Seoul Inferno, Dolores and Here to be Heard: The Story of the Slits.
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Dir Alexandre O. Philippe
2017 | USA | 91min
Crack open the chocolate syrup, Mrs Bates is coming to stay.
David Stratton: A Cinematic Life
Dir Sally Aitken
2017 | Australia | 97min
A galaxy of Aussie stars pay tribute to Australia’s leading film critic, as David Stratton takes us on a journey through the nation’s cinema.
The Dead Nation
Dir Radu Jude
2017 | Romania | 83min
Romanian life prior to the outbreak of the Second World War is the subject of Radu Jude’s fascinating archive documentary.
Dir Shevaun Mizrahi
2017 | USA-Turkey-Netherlands | 80min
An immersive journey into the New York Public Library with great documentarian Frederick Wiseman.
Dir-Scr Agnès Varda, JR
2017 | France | 89min
Agnès Varda teams up with artist JR for a road-trip across France, in this moving meditation on friendship, cinema and the power of art on people’s lives.
Dir Tony Zierra
2017 | USA | 94min
A fascinating account of working alongside Stanley Kubrick – by one of his closest collaborators.
Dir Austin Lynch, Matthew Booth
2017 | USA | 76min
A spell-binding exploration of the human experience, visually dazzling, combining documentary and video art.
Dir Eugene Jarecki
2017 | USA-Germany | 117min
Comparing Elvis’s life and times with everyday existence in Trump’s America, this slyly amusing road movie documentary is a treat for the eyes and ears.
Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton
Dir Rory Kennedy
2017 | USA | 118min
A cinematic treat exploring the life and career of Laird Hamilton, a pioneer in big waves surfing.
Images and text via BFI London Film Festival 2017.