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Edwyn Collins meets David Hockney here, a world of true human stories.

Art and madness, war and love are explored, with contributors drawn from either side of the camera. This selection shows the energy and variety of a genre that has been revitalised this century.

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Festival documentaries
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Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World 2016 12

Legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog explores the past, present and future of the Internet in this extraordinary documentary.

98 mins USA Director. Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog explores the past, present and future of the Internet.

- DOCUMENTARY SELECTION 2016

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The Pearl Button 2015 12

Patricio Guzmán’s lyrical, illuminating follow-up to Nostalgia for the Light explores the fateful role played by water in Chile’s tragic history.

82 mins France Director. Patricio Guzmán

Patricio Guzmán’s lyrical, illuminating follow-up to Nostalgia for the Light.

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

- The Grierson Award 2015

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My Scientology Movie 2015 15

Louis Theroux investigates the secretive world of the Church of Scientology, armed with his characteristic deadpan wit.

109 mins United Kingdom Director. John Dower

Louis Theroux's deadpan investigation into the Church of Scientology.

- DOCUMENTARY SELECTION 2015

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The Hard Stop 2015 15

The story of Mark Duggan, who was shot and killed in Tottenham in 2011, is brought to the screen in this humane, thought-provoking and topical documentary.

85 mins United Kingdom Director. George Amponsah

A humane, thought-provoking and topical documentary.

- DOCUMENTARY SELECTION 2015

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Maidan 2014 12A

An essential and explosive documentary about the Ukrainian civil riots and protest movement, from the acclaimed director of In the Fog.

134 mins Netherlands Director. Sergei Loznitsa

An essential and explosive documentary about the Ukrainian protest movement

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

- THE GREIRSON AWARD 2014

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National Gallery 2014 12

The inner workings of London’s National Gallery are laid bare in this absorbing, forensic examination by revered filmmaker Frederick Wiseman.

180 mins USA Director. Frederick Wiseman

Frederic Wiseman examines the inner workings of one of Britain's foremost cultural institutions

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

- GRIERSON AWARD 2014

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The Possibilities Are Endless 2014 12

A moving and haunting account of singer Edwyn Collins’ long and difficult recovery from a stroke.

83 mins United Kingdom Director. Edward Lovelace, James Hall

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Edwyn Collins on The Possibilities Are Endless (Q&A) 2014

“It’s terribly arty!” Musician Edwyn Collins appraises the visually striking documentary about his recovery from a devastating stroke.

6 mins United Kingdom

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

- GRIERSON AWARD 2014

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Hockney 2014 15

A portrait of the beloved British artist, drawing on his own home-movie footage and with revealing contributions from his friends and colleagues.

113 mins United Kingdom Director. Randall Wright

Randall Wright's spirited documentary about the beloved British artist

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

- GRIERSON AWARD 2014

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Les Invisibles 2012 15

French gay men and women in their 60s and 70s talk about their lives in Sébastien Lifshitz’s documentary.

112 mins France Director. Sébastien Lifshitz

Out, proud and inspiring testimonies of LGBT loves and lives.

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

- GREIRSON AWARD 2012

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Into the Abyss A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life 2011 12

Werner Herzog’s documentary about an unrepentant young murderer on death row is a cool, compassionate study of the dark side of the human condition

107 mins USA

Meticulously detailed investigation into a triple homicide

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION - WINNER

- GREIRSON AWARD 2011

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Armadillo 2010 15

Balanced, insightful and compassionate documentary about troops and civilians in and around a Danish-British base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan

100 mins Denmark Director. Janus Metz

Janus Metz lets the brutality and madness speak for themselves

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION - WINNER

- GRIERSON AWARD 2010

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