What's on at Arts Picturehouse Cambridge - Picturehouse Docs
Israeli-American director Alma Har’el follows her groundbreaking debut Bombay Beach (2011) with the equally ambitious and artistically bold LoveTrue. The concept of true love is a vast and tough subject to broach for any filmmaker, but Har’el’s visually stunning, genre-bending exploration of the subject is remarkably assured. Delving deep into our collective perception of relationships and love, LoveTrue tackles universal themes by focusing on the personal stories of a trio of young people. Har’el blends the real-life stories of Blake, an Alaskan stripper, Coconut
Willie, a Hawaiian surfer, and Victory, a young black woman in New York, with dramatic choreographed sequences of actors playing them at various stages of their lives. A developing relationship, paternal issues and a struggle between family bonds and faith are transformed through the lens of Har’el’s inquisitive camera. Poetically blurring the lines between reality and fantasy, the talented director creates an atmospheric and multilayered film that envisions the psyches of its subjects to extraordinary effect.
For 25 years American cinematographer Kirsten Johnson has roamed the globe for some of the documentary world’s biggest directors, including Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11) and Laura Poitras (Citizenfour). Drawing on footage she’s shot for countless other directors, in Cameraperson Johnson has assembled a unique memoir of the images that have most marked her to reflect eloquently on the relationship between truth and the camera frame. Poetic and thought-provoking, Cameraperson (winner of a host of prizes including the Grand Jury Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest) is a masterclass in what it means to film and be filmed. A must-see for anyone with an interest in documentary filmmaking.
Lost in France screens as a nationwide satellite event on 21 February followed by an exclusive performance broadcast live from the O2 ABC Glasgow, featuring a supergroup including Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai), RM Hubbert, plus The Delgados’ Emma Pollock and Paul Savage.
Niall McCann’s documentary explores the rise of Scotland’s independent music scene in the 1990s, led by cult label Chemikal Underground. Featuring The Delgados, Bis, Mogwai, Arab Strap, Franz Ferdinand and other seminal acts, this is an intimate film exploring friendship, creativity and music. On the journey, we revisit a defining, chaotic trip early in the musicians’ careers, restaging a concert in Brittany that connects the characters in life (and onstage) for the first time in many years.