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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