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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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David Lynch: The Art Life 2016 15

An exquisitely textured and reflective documentary about Lynch as a visual artist.

90 mins USA Director. Jon Nguyen, Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Rick Barnes

- DOCUMENTARY SELECTION 2016

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Tower 2016 Not Rated

An emotionally gripping and visually stunning account of the first American mass school shooting, in Texas in 1966, blending archive, animation and contemporary interviews.

96 mins USA Director. Keith Maitland

- DOCUMENTARY SELECTION 2016

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Dancer 2016 12

The rise, fall and rise again of the bad boy of ballet, Ukrainian prodigy Sergei Polunin is captured in this swirling doc with a rocking soundtrack.

86 mins United Kingdom Director. David Lachapelle, Steven Cantor

- DOCUMENTARY SELECTION 2016

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The Space in Between – Marina Abramović and Brazil
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The Space in Between – Marina Abramović and Brazil 2016

A bold and unsettling mystical voyage in the company of the fearless Serbian artist, as she travels Brazil in search of spiritual healing.

86 mins Brazil Director. Marco Del Fiol

- DOCUMENTARY SELECTION 2016

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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

- DOCUMENTARY SELECTION 2016

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Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words
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Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words 2015 PG

An illuminating portrait of the pioneering actress, crafted from her unique personal archive of home-movie footage, letters and diary extracts.

114 mins Sweden Director. Stig Björkman

- DOCUMENTARY SELECTION 2015

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Elstree 1976 2015 12

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, ten actors landed small roles in a mysterious project called Star Wars. This is the story of how their lives changed forever.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Jon Spira

- DOCUMENTARY SELECTION 2015

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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

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

- 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

- 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

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

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

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

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

- GRIERSON AWARD 2014

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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

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

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION - WINNER

- GRIERSON AWARD 2010

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