Burn is a feature documentary about Detroit, told through the eyes of Detroit firefighters, who are charged with the thankless task of saving a city that many have written off as dead. Burn follows the crew of Engine Company 50: one of the busiest firehouses in America. Located on Detroit’s blighted east side, E50 stands […]
Archive for March 2014
The title of this immersion in the anarchistic and often self-defeating work life of Larry, played by Jason Schwartzman, seems to be based on a Chinese children’s fable, ‘5 Chinese Brothers’, in which the brothers save one of their number by confounding an executioner with their super-human powers. But no one can save Larry, especially […]
The financial thriller, Le Capital by the Greek-French film director Costa Gavras takes an unflinching look at the world of greed and high finance. It follows the story of an executive Marc Tourneuil (Gad Elmaleh) who becomes the CEO of a large bank, only to upset the bank’s board of directors when he begins to […]
Still The Enemy Within is a hotly anticipated union and crowd funded documentary due to be revealed later this year. In an exclusive London Labour Film Festival event, Producer Sinead Kirwan will discuss plans for the film and present some excerpts from the film, which goes to the heart of the Labour movement. In a […]
Trash Dance is a film that finds beauty and grace in a completely unexpected place – garbage trucks and in the unseen men and women who pick up our trash. American filmmaker, Andrew Garrison follows choreographer Allison Orr as she rides along with Austin sanitation workers on their daily routes to observe and later convince […]
In this brilliant black comedy we see Charlie Chaplin as we’ve rarely seen him before. Chaplin plays Henri Verdoux, a loyal bank teller who is laid off after thirty years of exemplary service. To continue to support his beloved wife and child, he turns to crime. He marries and murders a series of wealthy widows. […]
By now everyone knows that Bryan Cranston, the actor who plays screenplay writer Dalton Trumbo, can do anything: schoolteacher turned meth pro (‘Breaking Bad’), President Lyndon Baines (‘All the Way’), and undercover agent in a drug cartel (‘Infiltrator’).
Ever since Michael Moore helped to blow up the tradition of objective documentaries by making his outsize personality the centre of Roger & Me in 1989, we have been treated with twenty-five years of his pursuit of the health care industry in the USA and other plots against the people.
It is easy to get trapped by the amazing statistics that inform this film about 33 miners in the Copiapo gold-copper mine in Chile who were trapped for 69 days: mining had begun there in 1889, but now the miners needed to go 2300 feet underground to earn the company significant profits.
Karen Silkwood was a nuclear martyr in this union drama, murder mystery, and surprisingly early tale of very flexible romantic relationships. She was a union activist for the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers (OCAW) in a Kerr-McGee plutonium-processing plant where the danger of worker contamination leading to cancer was very high.