Made with a cast of 192 non-professional actors, Evening Land continues to explore the form of fictional documentary intervening polemically into a period of intense debates about the media... See full summary »
Kai Schøning Andersen,
a 274-minute documentary portrait of the life of playwright August Strindberg. The topic of the movie is inextricable from its method of production: for two years, beginning in 1992, Watkins created the film in a communal collaboration.
In this war drama blurring the lines between documentary and fiction, the working class and the bourgeoisie of 19th century Paris are interviewed and covered on television, before and during a tragic workers' class revolt.
Eliane Annie Adalto,
Some time in the future, East and West have stopped maintaining standing armies and nuclear weapons. Instead, to settle their differences they pit different teams of crack combat specialists against each other.
Steven Shorter is the ultimate British music star. His music is listened to by everyone from pre-teens to grandparents. He has no trace of public bad habits or drug involvement. Everyone in... See full summary »
A follow up of sorts to the legendary and infamous The War Game. Watkins goes into great, almost excruciating, detail on the evils of nuclear deterrents and lives with certain families to get their reactions, and awareness to what is going on around them.
It's heavily biased (intentionally so due to the director's convictions), and at times, a very unsubtle and heavy handed approach to dealing with the situation. It is, at best, an interesting approach to dealing with the subject matter and it does bring a certain awareness to what was going on in the world in the pre and post- Live Aid political climate. At worst, however, it can somewhat come off sounding like the ramblings of an insufferable bore who is jabbing his finger at you for reading the wrong newspaper because they're not giving you a true account of what's going on in the world.
One of those films that will need a lot of patience (it's tempting to say a megaton but that would probably displease the director). But for what it's worth, it's a film with good intentions at heart, and remains something that would be of interest for political historians perhaps, or indeed activists.
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