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2011 – On The Brink of a Golden Age for Documentaries?

19 July 2011 5:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Right now, word is spreading that we are on the brink of “a golden age” of documentaries. Asif Kapadia’s “Senna” has demonstrated how innovative feature-documentaries can perform well at the box-office; in just one month it has earned £2,803,182.  “Life in a Day” proves how access to technology can provide a global platform for otherwise ignored voices.  The most notable development is that for the first time in 21 years, BAFTA awards have announced they will reintroduce the Documentary category.  Something has shifted in the cinema landscape, and it’s looking good for the documentary.

One objection to including the Documentary category in the previous years awards was the lack of exceptional documentaries to warrant enough nominations.  Either way, there have been more quality feature documentaries released in the last six months and the demand is there to justify wider releases beyond a one-off screening at your not-so-local art centre.  Documentary »

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In Defence Of… Brighton Rock

20 June 2011 5:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

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“No thanks, let’s go and see that other one where Romeo and Juliet are garden gnomes”.

Being turned down yet again, I concluded it was going to be impossible to persuade anyone to come and see Rowan Joffe’s remake of the British iconic classic, Brighton Rock.  When asking anyone if they wanted to go, the responses ranged from complete apathy to deep suspicion by those who loved the 1947 adaptation of Graham Greene’s original novel.  The critics were also unenthusiastic; the Guardian described it as “not unenjoyable”, Mark Kermode concluded it was “an interesting idea” and Little White Lies called it “staggeringly forgettable”.   With such a feeling of indifference why should  Brighton Rock be given another chance?

Fundamentally the plots of the two films are the same.  Pinkie Brown, here played by Sam Riley (Control), is head of a protection racket operating in Brighton.  After committing a murder, »

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