Read more: Moonage Daydream
Riveting, ravishing, richly sourced and far too long, Morgen’s archival Bowie bonanza is essentially a stream of consciousness story on an era-defining genius. All vintage footage and fragmented fantasy, it celebrates Bowie’s postmodernist world-view, but in that deference loses sight of the intricacies of its own medium. ★★★✩✩
Read more: Corsage
Set up to be half-fiction, half-fact (and quite a lot of our collective past is just that) – it executes this clever agenda in such a disorientating manner as to never allow the viewer a glimpse into its shift in cognitive gears; ingenious in framing history as an elliptical loop of vanishing hormonal cycles of a seemingly celebrated, essentially dissed renegade queen.
Read more: The Princess
An exquisite backstage look on how a media myth is created. The obsession at its core built through years upon years of diligent coverage. The endless streams of public opinion laid bare, thread by thread. The arc of the conjured fairytale inevitably bending towards darkness. It’s hard to outfox the mass media machine, but this doc might just have managed.
Read more: Fire Of Love
A fascinating watch, not only due to its unrivalled archival footage which the doomed lovers, Katia and Maurice Krafft, accumulated in their many years of cutting edge vulcanology – but because this is a film about the enduring unknowability of the origins of a passion – the bittersweet impossibility of capturing the state of love.