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Idfa Film Review: ‘Golden Dawn Girls’

Perhaps no few seconds of video — plus the ethical debate that shot up around them — encapsulates 2017 better than the mid-interview shot of American white supremacist Richard Spencer getting punched in the face by a furious protester: a base act of moral retribution that, in a glum year for left-wing politics, many a dispirited liberal has secretly repeat-watched on YouTube as a kind of stress-ball for the eyes. Even such cold comfort is in short supply, however, in “Golden Dawn Girls,” Norwegian docmaker Håvard Bustnes’s troubling, grimly compelling study of the rapid rise of neo-Nazism in contemporary Greece, in which any sense of comeuppance is held strictly in limbo.

With white nationalist politics depressingly ascendant in Europe and America alike, Bustnes’s unabashedly subjective, sometimes despairingly comic doc is sure to strike a chord with festival programmers, distributors and audiences following its Idfa world premiere, despite a few ragged technical edges; the presence of Nick Broomfield as executive
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Louis Theroux: Dark States – Heroin Town review: bleak as hell

The documentary-maker is back with a tale of America’s worst ever drug epidemic and its forgotten victims. Plus: it’s party time in John Singleton’s new La drama Snowfall

A man named Nate has been telling Louis Theroux about his heroin addiction in the tent he lives in by the river in Huntington, West Virginia. Nate feels comfortable with his addiction, he says, and has never felt the need to go to rehab.

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Louis Theroux: ‘For all his awfulness, I admire Trump’s shamelessness’

The documentary-maker’s new series returns to the dark underbelly of the Us. But with Trump in the White House, and fringe beliefs on the rise, is weirdness now mainstream? And does he feel scarred by his experiences?

Louis Theroux has got up close and personal with pimps, paedophiles, murderers, neo-Nazis, Afrikaner separatists, religious fanatics, alien-hunters and a range of eccentrics who are often armed, deluded and volatile. They’re not what scares him. “The truth is, the most terrifying experience is when you’re out on location and nothing is happening. That’s the worst,” he says.

Related: Louis Theroux: Dark States – Heroin Town review: bleak as hell

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This week’s best TV: pondering the legacy of Jean-Michel Basquiat

The graffiti artist turned painter’s short but prolific career is explored, while Louis Theroux investigates the grim reality of heroin use in the Us

Since his death in 1988, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s artistic resonance has grown in parallel with his work’s monetary value. This feature-length documentary – including the thoughts of close friends and family members – ponders his legacy and reassesses the livid, striking output of his sadly brief career.

7 October, 9pm, BBC2

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Sheffield Doc/Fest unveils 2017 line-up

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Sheffield Doc/Fest unveils 2017 line-up
Laura PoitrasJulian Assange film, a Jo Cox documentary, and a Walter Murch talk all feature.

UK documentary Sheffield Doc/Fest has unveiled its full 2017 programme.

This year’s closing night event will be the world premiere of Jo Cox: Death Of An MP, a BBC2 documentary that focuses on the investigation of the politician’s murder, including contributions from eye witnesses, Cox’s family, and people who knew her attacker.

As previously announced, the festival will open with a screening of Daisy Asquith’s documentary Queerama, featuring a live Performance From John Grant.

This year’s Doc/Fest grand jury will include American Honey director Andrea Arnold, as well as Indian documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan and ex-Channel 4 news broadcaster Paul Mason.

UK premieres in the programme this year include Laura PoitrasJulian Assange portrait Risk, Whitney Houston doc Whitney: Can I Be Me, Ramona Diaz’s Motherland, Joseph Beuys doc [link
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Sheffield Doc/Fest Announces Full Lineup, Including Laura Poitras’ ‘Risk’

Sheffield Doc/Fest Announces Full Lineup, Including Laura Poitras’ ‘Risk’
Oscar-winner Laura Poitras’ “Risk” (pictured) will compete for the Grand Jury Award at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest, which will see fellow Oscar-winner Andrea Arnold serving on the jury. Nick Broomfield and Louis Theroux will headline a packed program for the 24th Sheffield Doc/Fest, which announced its full lineup Thursday.

American Honey” director Arnold will serve on the panel that selects the winner of Doc/Fest’s Grand Jury Award from a selection of seven films. The other jurors are British journalist and broadcaster Paul Mason and Indian documentary director Anand Patwardhan.

Films competing for the Grand Jury Award include Poitras’ “Risk,” which sees the Oscar-winning director of Edward Snowden documentary “Citizenfour” turn her focus to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange; Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles’ “Dina”; “Cartel Land” director Matthew Heineman’s “City of Ghosts”; Gethin Aldous and Jairus LcLeary’s “The Work,” which goes inside an intense
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Jenna Elfman’s Reddit Ama Became An Insane Scientology Interrogation — Read the Highlights

Jenna Elfman’s Reddit Ama Became An Insane Scientology Interrogation — Read the Highlights
When television actress, former dancer, podcaster, and proud Scientologist Jenna Elfman signed up for a Reddit Ama (Ask Me Anything), she clearly had no inkling of the onslaught of hilarious Scientology questions Redditors had coming. While promoting “Imaginary Mary,” her new ABC show about a woman and her imaginary friend, the “Dharma and Greg” star politely answered a few questions from the same handful of brand-new Reddit accounts before the barrage began.

Read More: ‘Imaginary Mary’: Jenna Elfman on Acting Opposite 25 Co-Stars Who Can’t Stop Staring at Her

Here are some of the best questions she received:

A sassy user named Ruddiver asked: “When you are on vacation do you visit volcanoes or are you too scared to be close to the thetans?” Another noted that the competition was stiff for who asked the best question, adding: “Pay to win! Wait, sorry, that’s Scientology.” One cheeky fella
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Jenna Elfman’s Reddit Ama Became An Insane Scientology Interrogation — Read the Highlights

Jenna Elfman’s Reddit Ama Became An Insane Scientology Interrogation — Read the Highlights
When television actress, former dancer, podcaster, and proud Scientologist Jenna Elfman signed up for a Reddit Ama (Ask Me Anything), she clearly had no inkling of the onslaught of hilarious Scientology questions Redditors had coming. While promoting “Imaginary Mary,” her new ABC show about a woman and her imaginary friend, the “Dharma and Greg” star politely answered a few questions from the same handful of brand-new Reddit accounts before the barrage began.

Read More: ‘Imaginary Mary’: Jenna Elfman on Acting Opposite 25 Co-Stars Who Can’t Stop Staring at Her

Here are some of the best questions she received:

A sassy user named Ruddiver asked: “When you are on vacation do you visit volcanoes or are you too scared to be close to the thetans?” Another noted that the competition was stiff for who asked the best question, adding: “Pay to win! Wait, sorry, that’s Scientology.” One cheeky fella
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Louis Theroux (Justin’s Cousin!) on His New Scientology Documentary: ‘No One Has the Right to Use Religion as a Cloak for Abuse’

Louis Theroux (Justin’s Cousin!) on His New Scientology Documentary: ‘No One Has the Right to Use Religion as a Cloak for Abuse’
Louis Theroux’s latest documentary, My Scientology Movie, posed a unique challenge for the veteran filmmaker: How do you make a movie about a subject that has no interest in cooperating?

The answer, he learned, is you get creative. Theroux’s film has all the hallmarks of other notable Scientology exposés like Paul Haggis’ Going Clear and Leah Remini’s A&E series, including emotional interviews with ex-members and bizarre confrontations with parishioners and private investigators.

What separates My Scientology Movie from its predecessors is Theroux’s use of dramatic reenactments as a way not only to capture a version
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How to Film Scientology Without Getting Into Trouble: Lessons From Louis Theroux

How to Film Scientology Without Getting Into Trouble: Lessons From Louis Theroux
On a recent Sunday morning in London, BBC documentary host Louis Theroux was cooking pancakes for his children in his pajamas when local police came to his home to look into a reported threat on his life.

Then things got stranger. The police said they learned of the threat because the Church of Scientology had reached out to them … to pass along word of someone else purportedly out to harm Theroux.

Read More: Tribeca Review: ‘My Scientology Movie’ Is a Tinseltown Riff on ‘The Act of Killing

“Maybe, thanks to them, I was saved from having some deranged Louis Theroux-hater coming around and whacking me around the head,” said Theroux, whose latest documentary, “My Scientology Movie,” opens in theaters today. “I just thought, this is vaguely comical.”

A certain amount of strange behavior is to be expected when making a movie about Scientology. The organization is well known for
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'My Scientology Movie': Film Review

Taking a just-fresh-enough approach to justify another trip to the deep "Isn't Scientology bizarre?" well, John Dower's My Scientology Movie sends journalist Louis Theroux on a straight-faced mission to let the organization's muckity-mucks speak for themselves, knowing full well that's never going to happen. The backup plan in this case involves not just the usual interviews with prominent apostates, but an intriguing use of actors to re-create some of the stories we've been hearing for years about what it's like to be in the inner circle. Those whose curiosity wasn't sated by Alex Gibney's highbrow Going Clear will appreciate this...
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The Weekend Warrior 3/10/17: Kong: Skull Island, Brimstone, Canners

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out….but mostly movies.

This Past Weekend:

It was absolutely no surprise that Hugh Jackman’s last Wolverine movie Logan would top the box office, but it actually ended up doing even better than my prediction when actual numbers came in, grossing $88.3 million over the weekend. That makes it the fourth highest X-Movie opening (including Deadpool) but also the biggest R-rated opening for March, defeating 300’s once-impressive $70 million opening. It’s also the fourth highest R-rated opening of all time after Deadpool, The Matrix Reloaded and American Sniper.

The bigger surprise was how well Jordan Peele’s thriller Get Out held up in its second weekend, not only because it was going up against Logan, but also because high-profile horror films tend
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‘My Scientology Movie’ Exclusive Clip: BBC’s Louis Theroux Explores the Controversial Church in New Documentary

‘My Scientology Movie’ Exclusive Clip: BBC’s Louis Theroux Explores the Controversial Church in New Documentary
BBC journalist Louis Theroux explores the Church of Scientology in his new documentary, “My Scientology Movie.” “Following a long fascination with the religion and with much experience in dealing with eccentric, unpalatable and unexpected human behavior, the beguilingly unassuming Theroux won’t take no for an answer when his request to enter the Church’s headquarters is turned down,” reads the official description of the film.

Read More: Louis Theroux Takes On Xenu With Documentary ‘My Scientology Movie’ — Review

Besides unscripted scenes, the film, directed by John Dower (“Ronald,” “The Last 48 Hours of Kurt Cobain”), also includes a series of scripted scenes in which actors replay incidents former Scientology members claim they experienced being part of the church. The film features interviews with Jefferson Hawkins, Marc Headley and Marty Rathbun, who all worked for the Church of Scientology in the past, and actors Tom De Vocht, Paz de la Huerta and Steven Mango,
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Indie Movie Guide: Scientology, Obituaries and Catfighting

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Scientology is a touchy subject, especially in Hollywood, which is why we rarely see any kind of "insider" documentation about it. Bespectacled documentarian Louis Theroux (The Most Hated Family in America) attempts to investigate the organization in My Scientology Movie, in theaters March 3, with his unique spin using interviews with ex-members and actor reenactments. Also this week in limited release is The Last Word, starring Shirley MacLaine as a controlling businesswoman who hires...

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My Scientology Movie Review: Bizarre scenes of bikini-clad woman

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My Scientology Movie Review: Bizarre scenes of bikini-clad woman
My Scientology Movie Magnolia Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director: John Dower Writer: Louis Theroux, John Dower Cast: Rob Alter, Tom Cruise, Paz de la Huerta, Tom De Vocht, Jefferson Hawkins, Marc Headley, Steven Mango, Andrew Perez, Marty Rathbun, Stacia Roybal, Conner Stark, Louis Theroux Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 2/22/17 Opens: […]

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BBC Films: who’s in the running for the top job?

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The BBC is likely to announce its new head of film within the next two weeks, according to sources close to the process.

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That timetable should come as a relief to those under consideration for the role and to wider industry who will want to begin building or growing their relationship with the new boss.

The job, which is considered one of the UK’s most prestigious posts, became vacant in autumn 2016 following the departure of long-time chief Christine Langan. BBC Films veteran Joe Oppenheimer has been serving as acting head of film since then.

The incoming head of film is expected to have an annual war chest of around £12m for production, cementing BBC Films’ position as one the three mainstays of public funding in the UK along with the BFI and Film4.

The organisation advertised the position (as ‘director
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Reggie Yates webchat – your questions answered on Russian racists, growing up on TV and being a vampire

The children’s TV presenter turned documentary film-maker joined us to answer questions from talking to people with repellent views to a new project on London, via his five top tunes right now

2.28pm GMT

Reggie Yates has finished

Thank you so much for all your questions, an absolute pleasure to hear what you the Guardian readers think and feel about the work I've done. There's lots more to come this year so thank you for your support, and for your questions - there's nothing worse than an echo chamber, and it's always great to be challenged on what you're doing. See you again soon, I'm sure.

2.27pm GMT

saulholland asks:

What topics are you planning to cover in the future?

We are in development at the moment on a series I've wanted to make for years, about identity. I love the city I was born in is as integrated as it is.
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British Doc Maker Talks Scientology's "Roaming Eye of Sauron"

British Doc Maker Talks Scientology's
It's been over a year since My Scientology Movie had its world premiere in the U.K., but despite a couple of initial warnings, things haven't dramatically changed for its filmmaker, the British documentarian Louis Theroux.

After the film — an often hilarious doc, in which Theroux attempts to gain access to the Church of Scientology and finds himself on the other end of its own video cameras — screened at the BFI London Film Festival in 2015, Theroux told The Hollywood Reporter that he was aware his life could "get turned upside down."

But now living back in...
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The year in TV: we came together for Fleabag and The Night Manager

Classy drama, edgy comedy, probing documentaries and have-a-go reptiles – telly had it all in 2016

Television had the perfect visual metaphor for 2016: Planet Earth II’s plucky iguana running past a cavalcade of vicious snakes. Well, we made it. What did the box distract us with on the way?

Perhaps it wasn’t chance that TV looked to draw a line under past injustices. January began with a buzz about true crime-doc Making A Murderer; and poring over every strand of a real case brought dramatic rewards in The People v Oj Simpson. A couple of documentaries directly atoned for shameful wrongs: the definitive Hillsborough coincided with justice for the 96, while Louis Theroux’s Savile examined our dark past and his. When future documentarists ask why we didn’t care about those fleeing war in Syria, the makers of Exodus and Children On The Frontline will say some of us did.
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The comedy of despair: why 2016 was a vintage year for female TV stars

From Fleabag to Happy Valley; Transparent to Westworld, strong female characters dominated the small screen, leaving countless moments that lingered in the heart and mind

It’s a sign of the chasm between television and film that when a film has a female lead, or is a story about the lives of women, it is still considered both a curiosity and a potential risk. It’s hard to imagine a fiasco as daft as the one surrounding the Ghostbusters reboot taking place had it been a series. Present-day television is more democratic and open to new ideas, and, as a result, this year’s glut of nuanced and complex stories about women has been astounding. While complicated masculinity had its own champions – Grayson Perry: All Man, Louis Theroux’s documentary about alcoholism, the oddball despair of Flowers – women have been on the frontline of the year’s most innovative shows,
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