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Documentaries to see this year.


Mark Twain once said, ‘the truth is stranger than fiction.’ This has never seemed more true, or fully embraced by filmmakers than this year. A copious amount of documentaries are being released, varying in topics, such as in-depth studies of tragic and treasured musicians like Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse and Elliott Smith. Others focus on the beginning of Greenpeace who seem more relevant in today’s society than ever before.

1. How To Change The World. 

This is the story of a few ‘eco-freaks’ from Vancouver who took on President Nixon and his plans for a nuclear expansion from a boat called Greenpeace. Jerry Rothwell dived into the archives of Greenpeace to tell the world the story of one of the most recognisable and influential organisation. It also examines their development in the media and well as the internal relationships, which propelled its progress. How To Change The World is a dramatic insight into how grassroots activism can truly alter the planet.

2. Salad Days. 

Salad Days is an in-depth exploration of the 80s punk movement in Washington, started by the brutality of the band Minor Threat, fronted by the legendary Ian MacKaye. The film describes the journey of the Dischord Records, created by Mackaye, the impact of US punk;s finest decade is revealed by the scene’s alumni, Dave Grohl and Thurston Moore amongst others, who pay tribute to the environment that gave them a musical platform. The films is directed by rock music journalist Scott Crawford, whose eye for detail and personal knowlesge of this undervalued moment in music history makes for a powerful and inspirational documentary.

3. The Land Of Queens. 

This documentary tackles the fascinating taboo of the growing phenomenon of Swedish men marrying Thai women for reasons other than for which the institution of marriage was founded. Based of a 2009 photo series by Berge, the film explores the notion of the ;co-operative’ marriage, where struggling farmers in Sweden marry Thai women and enlist the help of their relatives to keep their business growing. The documentary shows how both cultures are strikingly similar and the different challenges the couples have to face.

4. Heaven Adores You. 

Using a mixture of archive and original footage as well as interviews with those who knew him, Heaven Adores You tells the sometimes brilliant, often tragic story of songer/songwriter Elliot Smith. Dragged from cult hero status to mainstream success after recording the soundtrack to Oscar-winning movie Good Will Hunting, Smith wilted in the limelight, still producing some of the most original, emotive songwriting of the 90s and 2000s, but simultaneously suffering from addiction, depression and exhaustion, Conspiracy theories about his death are still some of the loudoust whispers in Hollywood. Fortunately, Heaven Adores You avoids becoming embroiled in a detective story and instead focuses on the man and the music.

5. Pervert Park

Controversial, hard-hitting and unexpected, Frida and Lasses Barkfors Pervert Park, tells the story of a trailer park community in Florida, all of whom are sex offenders unable to find work or homes in other parts of town. As the film introduces its audience to its subject stories are told at length. From a 22 year old man caught in a police sting on men willing to consider having sex with minors, to a woman, herself the victim of rape by her father, whose life became a downward spiral of unfithomable sexual offences. Somehow, the film manages to remain objective, carefully urging its audience to consider its view of some of society’s most stigmatised criminals, a feat for which it was awarded a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

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