Set in Liverpool in 1979, this documentary follows the tenants of a housing estate as they go about their everyday lives, leading up to going on rent. We get a glimpse of the human struggle behind a national scandal.
From the award-winning Director, The Leader, His Driver, and the Driver's Wife portrays the sinister and comic sides of Eugene Terre'Blanche, leader of the neo-Nazi AWB Afrikaner Party in South Africa.
Both uproaringly funny and unerringly cautionary, Broomfield's behind-the-scenes document of the making of a musical becomes a ceremonious unmaking-of as egos, budgets and general calamity ... See full summary »
15 years after his classic documentary "The Leader, His Driver, and the Driver's Wife", Nick Broomfield examines the history of the far-right AWB and its leader Eugene Terre'Blanche and ... See full summary »
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Nick Broomfield met Hsiao Hung Pai, a journalist who was working for the Guardian, when making his feature film 'Ghosts' (about the Morecambe Bay Chinese Cockle Pickers ). As an experiment ... See full summary »
Nick Broomfield calls this film "a voyage into Hell" in his contemporary commentary on "Tattooed Tears"--and that it is. Seemingly straight out of the gate, he (and his partner, Joan Churchill) really "got it". Their "fly on the wall" style kept me asking, while watching this searing documentary, "How did they ever get THAT shot?".
Echoing the comments of the other reviewers here before me, it's a pity that Nick Broomfield is now very much the co-star of his documentaries these days, whereas in this 1978 film, there's no commentary whatever, and he certainly doesn't insinuate himself into the story as he does now. For my taste, he had it right early on. I found this film far more affecting than, say, "Kurt & Courtney". The claustrophobic realism of "Tattooed Tears" is unlike any other documentary on this subject that I've ever seen. I found myself 'feeling for' these poor, lost boys. I found myself wishing fervently that somehow, beyond hope, these tormented souls could have turned their lives around and found a little peace.
In short, this is a must-see for documentary fans--and certainly, for fans of Nick Broomfield's other work. What DID ever happen to this style of documentary filmmaking--this heroic, shoot-at-all- costs style that seems to have disappeared almost completely? I've seen most of Broomfield's films and this one stands above and beyond any of his other work. A truly shattering film. (This comment may 'date' my review, but it's currently available on Amazon Prime, free to Amazon Prime members--and highly worth seeking out elsewhere, too!).
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