In July 2005, filmmaker Scott Hicks started shooting a documentary about the composer Philip Glass to celebrate his 70th birthday in 2007. Over the next 18 months, Hicks followed Glass across three continents - from his annual ride on the Coney Island 'Cyclone' roller coaster, to the world premiere of his new opera in Germany and in performance with a didgeridoo virtuoso in Australia. Allowed unprecedented access to Glass's working process, family life, spiritual teachers and long time collaborators, Hicks gives us a unique glimpse behind the curtain into the life of a surprising and complex man.
The words "health care" and "comedy" aren't usually found in the same sentence, but in award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore's SiCKO, they go together hand in (rubber) glove. Opening with profiles of several ordinary Americans whose lives have been disrupted, shattered, and - in some cases - ended by health care catastrophe, SiCKO makes clear that the dysfunctional system doesn't only affect the 47 million uninsured citizens - millions of others who dutifully pay their premiums often get strangled by bureaucratic red tape as well.
A vibrant, politically charged journey into the life of the beloved, celebrated father of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti.
The fifth of a series of documentary films that have followed the lives of fourteen British children since 1964, when they were seven years old. The children were selected to represent the range of socio-economic backgrounds in Britain at that time, with the explicit assumption that each child's social class predetermines their future. Director Michael Apted returns twenty-eight years on as the subjects, now aged thirty-five, talk about their lives and their hopes for the future.
An unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of the Beach Boys. Set against the era defining catalogue of Wilson's music, the film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost.
The cocaine trade of the '70s and '80s had an indelible impact on contemporary Miami. Smugglers and distributors forever changed a once sleepy retirement community into one of the world's most glamorous hot spots, the epicenter of a $20 billion annual business fed by Colombia's Medellin cartel. By the early '80s, Miami's tripled homicide rate had made it the murder capital of the country, for which a Time cover story dubbed the city 'Paradise Lost'. Broadcast as part of ABC's Sunday Best.
In this intimate, meticulously crafted patchwork of rare archival material, concert footage and never-before-seen home movies explores the evolution and enduring popularity of The Eagles, all the way from the band's creation and rise to fame in the 1970s to its breakup in 1980.
As New York's Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer prosecuted crimes by America's largest financial institutions and some of the most powerful executives in the country. After his election as Governor, many believed Spitzer was on his way to becoming the nation's first Jewish President. Then, shockingly, Spitzer's meteoric rise turned into a precipitous fall when the New York Times revealed that Spitzer had been caught seeing prostitutes.
The most controversial film of 2004, Fahrenheit 9/11 is the new incendiary from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore. Following the success of Bowling For Columbine, Moore uses his characteristic deft humour and uniquely persistent style to launch an unflinching and searing examination of the Bush administration's actions in the wake of the tragic events of 9/11.
In commemoration of the centenary of Benjamin Britten's birth, this documentary examines final opera in conjunction with the original story by Thomas Mann and the film by Luchino Visconti.
Art critic Waldemar Januszczak's epic biopic of Paul Gauguin follows the painter through countless twists and turns in a remarkable life that takes him from an idyllic childhood in Peru to a terrible death on the Marquesas Islands. He questions whether the fame of Gauguin's Tahiti pictures has blinded us to the bigger truth about his achievements.
An intimate look at the outspoken, flamboyant founder of the Playboy empire, Hugh Hefner. With humour and insight, Hefner's fierce battles with the government, the religious right and militant feminists are explored through rare footage and compelling interviews with a remarkable who's who of 20th Century American pop culture.
To celebrate International Women's Day, award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Fox explores the changing role of women in the modern world. Jennifer talks to a number of women from various cultural backgrounds about the problems they face in personal relationships.
Part two of Jennifer Fox's film in which she lays bare her own turbulent life to penetrate what it means to be a free woman today. As her drama of work and relationships unfolds over four years, our protagonist travels to over seventeen countries to understand how diverse women define their lives when there is no map. Employing an ingenious camera technique, called "passing the camera", Fox creates a documentary language that mirrors the special way women communicate.
Narrated by Johnny Depp, this is a probing look into the life of gonzo journalism inventor Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. The film looks at the major touchstones in Thompson's life, including his intense and ill fated relationship with the Hell's Angels, his near-successful bid for the office of sheriff in Aspen in 1970, the notorious story behind the landmark Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and his deep involvement in Senator George McGovern's 1972 presidential campaign.
In the original 2010 film Gasland, director Josh Fox profiled hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the process of injecting a pressurised mixture of water, sand and chemicals down a drilled well, causing layers of rock deep in the earth to crack and release natural gas. The film inspired a national dialogue over the multi-layered environmental dangers potentially at risk. With Gasland Part II, Fox examines the long-term impact of the controversial process, including claims of poisonous water, earthquakes and neurological damage, placing his focus on the people across the globe who say their lives have been irreparably changed.
On the 20-year anniversary of his ground-breaking masterpiece Roger and Me, filmmaker Michael Moore returns with Capitalism: A Love Story, exploring further the issue he's been examining throughout his career: the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans (and by default, the rest of the world).
Filmmaker Michael Moore predicted that Donald Trump would become the 45th president of the US. Travelling across the country, Moore interviews American citizens to get a sense of the social, economic and political impact of Trump's victory. Moore also takes an in-depth look at the media, the electoral college, the government agenda and his home town of Flint, Michigan.