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Documentaries for the big screen: A Top 10

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Whether you agree with their message or not, the authors of these documentaries give light to some situations, opinions and stories that the general public may not have considered. From Bill Maher’s sarcastic and potentially offensive Religulous, to Alex Gibney’s soon to be released WikiLeaks chronicle: We Steal Secrets, these films inform, question, amaze, and prove that truth really can be stranger than fiction.

Bowling for Columbine (2002)

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Review: We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks

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We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks is the new film by Alex Gibney, the established director/producer whose credits include Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005), Freakanomics (2010), and the upcoming Lance Armstrong: The Road Back. The film documents the rise to fame (or infamy) of Julian Assange, poster-boy for the Wikileaks organisation, and his many international exploits over his career. Delving into his past as a computer hacker in Australia as a teenager, to his current whereabouts in the Ecuadorian embassy, the film packs a very large amount of information into its running time. As well as Assange, the film looks at Bradley Manning, the US Army soldier who leaked a huge amount of information to Wikileaks, and propelled the organisation to fame.

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Particle Fever – Poster

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Particle Fever Poster

Cool poster of the week must go to this artistic take on the Large Hadron Collider’s particle acceleration, for science documentary ‘Particle Fever’:

Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation.

Poster source: IMPawards

Trailer – We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks

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The trailer for Alex Gibney’s upcoming documentary on the story of Julian Assange, Bradley Manning and the Wikileaks saga has been released online.

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Made of Stone – Reveiw

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Made of Stone is a film by the acclaimed film maker Shane Meadows, of This is England fame, about the reformation of The Stone Roses and their Heaton Park gigs.

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Open City Docs Fest 2013

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The programme for this year’s Open City Docs Fest has been released online, and promises to showcase a wide variety of documentaries on a range of thematically grouped subjects. From City Stories, featuring films that look at the cities we live in and how we relate to them and those we share them with, to Moving Lives, which showcases individuals whose stories would not otherwise be heard, the festival promises to be eyeopening no matter what you choose to go and see.

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I am Breathing – Global Screening Day 21st June

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I AM BREATHING is a documentary about the thin space between life and death.

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The Stone Roses film Made of Stone to be released on 5th June

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The Stone Roses: Made of Stone is due to be released in the UK on June 5th with the UK premiere taking place in the band’s hometown of Manchester on 30th May.

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Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet – Review

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Jason Becker: Not Dead yet is an incredibly moving and inspirational drama of Jason Becker a young child guitar prodigy who was instantly recogniseable from his peers by his unmatched ability on the guitar.

Directed by Jessie Vile this film, charts the life of a teenager who played guitar at every availalbe moment until he was discovered by ex- Van Halen singer David Lee Roth and given an opportunity to record an album and join a world tour.

At this time he was diagnosed with the fatal disease  Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosisand given just 3-5 years to live. 

22 years late Jason is still making music despite loosing the ability to walk and talk. 

An insightful and well put together documentary that charts the life of a true talen who despite all the odds continued to do what he was born to do and make incredible music.

Not only a film for music lovers but for anyone who can appreciate the triumph of human spirit.

Jason Becker Not Dead Yet is out now, and if you want to see one of the best documentarys about music and the triumph of human spirit find a screening near you here

Vicky Hinault

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