After completing a feature documentary on New York’s High Line, award-winning filmmaker Thomas Piper met the inspirational designer and plantsman, Piet Oudolf, and the idea for a new project was born. The documentary, Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf, immerses viewers in Oudolf’s work and takes us inside his creative process, from his beautifully abstract sketches, to theories on beauty, to the ecological implications of his ideas.
Intimate discussions take place through all fours seasons in Piet’s own gardens at Hummelo, and on visits to his signature public works in New York, Chicago, and the Netherlands, as well as to the far-flung locations that inspire his genius, including desert wildflowers in West Texas and post-industrial forests in Pennsylvania.
As a narrative thread, the film also follows Oudolf as he designs and installs a major new garden at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, a gallery and arts centre in Southwest England, a garden he considers his best work yet.
Piet Oudolf has radically redefined what gardens can be. As Rick Darke, the famous botanist, says to Piet in the film, “your work teaches us to see what what we have been unable to see.” Through poetic cinematography and unique access, Five Seasons will reveal all that Piet sees, and celebrate all that we as viewers have been unable to see.
11.20Picturehouse Docs: Bringing you the best in new and topical documentaries covering issues around the world.
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The Cold Blue is a tribute to the men who fought and risked their lives to help achieve victory 75 years ago. Extraordinary never-before-seen colour footage shot by one of the greatest directors, William Wyler, takes us 30,000 feet over Nazi Germany, battling killer flak, enemy fighters and the biting cold. All the odds were stacked against returning home alive; men died to bring this harrowing footage into cinemas today.
Wyler went to Europe in 1943 to document the air war in progress and flew actual combat missions with B-17s. Incredibly, all of the raw colour footage he shot for The Memphis Belle was recently discovered in the vaults of the National Archives, and a new film has been constructed out of the material.
The Cold Blue will play alongside an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film. It includes an evocative look at the Second World War from a range of unique perspectives; how the UK viewed the support of the Allied troops; poignant and difficult moments brought to life via incredible colour footage; and interviews with veterans of the Eighth Air Force, director Erik Nelson and Wyler’s daughter Catherine.
Dramatic, moving & deeply human, this is the definitive story of Neil Armstrong – the first man on the moon. Narrated by Harrison Ford, and featuring breath-taking NASA footage, re-mastered archive material and never-before-seen home movie footage, this intimate and often surprising documentary, tells the incredible untold story of a determined family man who became a reluctant world icon, brought to you by the team behind the box-office hit 'Spitfire' and the award winning 'The Last Man On The Moon'.
ARMSTRONG also includes major interviews with his family, an exceptional cast of fellow astronauts and aviators, those who knew him in his youth and later life, together with newly filmed sequences at some of the key locations from his life story.
Perfectly timed as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of mankind's greatest achievement our special one-night-only event on 9th July will feature exclusive additional footage recorded at the World Premiere and will be followed by a Q&A hosted by Dara O Briain alongside Mark Armstrong (Neil's son), Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE and the filmmakers.
After the screening, there will be a recorded Q&A with director Nick Broomfield hosted by Jools Holland.
Marianne & Leonard - Words of Love is a beautiful yet tragic love story between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen. Their love began on the idyllic Greek island of Hydra in 1960 as part of a bohemian community of foreign artists, writers and musicians. The film follows their relationship from the early days on Hydra, a humble time of ‘free love’ and open marriage, to how their love evolved when Leonard became a successful musician. It was on Hydra in 1968 that director Nick Broomfield, then aged 20, first met Marianne Ihlen. Marianne introduced him to Leonard Cohen’s music and also encouraged Nick to make his first film and was an enormous influence on him. Marianne and Leonard's was a love story that would continue for the rest of their lives. Along the way we learn of the tragedy that befell those that could not survive the beauty of Hydra, the highs and lows of Leonard’s career, and the inspirational power that Marianne possessed. Marianne and Leonard died three months apart.
Combining rare archive footage with interviews from leading campaigners, ARE YOU PROUD? charts the LGBTQ+ movement’s momentous journey towards equality. Gay Pride, the Gay Liberation Front and Stonewall are among the organisations recognised in a film that doesn’t just look back, but asks tough questions about the future. Fifty years after the Stonewall riots in America, this is a timely moment to take stock of all that has been achieved, and all that could still be done.
We are delighted to welcome director Ashley Joiner for a post-screening Q&A.
Force of Nature Natalia follows a season in the life dance superstar Natalia Osipova. With unique access to Natalia's personal archive, we follow her preparations for a fifth season as a principal of the Royal Ballet as she continues to champion contemporary dance with some of the world’s greatest choreographers. We watch the rehearsal process of new ballet Mother by Arthur Pita, a new commission with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and the Royal Ballet's legendary production of La Bayadere directed by Natalia Makarova.
Natalia opens up about her life and history, her childhood in Russia, her time with American Ballet Theatre and her journey to the Opera House. It is an unparalleled opportunity to get up close and personal with the leading ballerina of our generation and understand why critics and audiences all over the world call her a force of nature of the dance world.
The Isle of Man TT is notorious for ending lives and careers. Racetracks were never built for the increased performance of today’s race bikes, so why do riders risk life and limb in their quest to go ever faster? SPEED IS MY NEED strips bare the euphoria of speed on two wheels, revealing how sports psychologists and surgical experts across Europe are helping riders to rebuild their minds and bodies in order to race on the edge of oblivion. With access to heroic track footage, this documentary is a pulsating ride into the strategic minds and courageous hearts of these two-wheeled gladiators.
Contains infrequent strong language.
Centuries old and enjoyed by tens of millions of people worldwide, golf is seen by many as more than a sport. Yet what do we know about the other person on the course? The man or woman behind the player carrying the bag. In a narrative never before covered in any feature length documentary, LOOPERS: THE CADDIE’S LONG WALK explores the incredible personal bond that a golfer and a caddie develop through hours of time together.
It is often said that a good caddie does three things: show up, keep up and shut up. But a great caddie wears many hats. They’re the player’s psychologist, mother/father figure, technical advisor and confidante. The film unveils the working dynamic between famous partnerships like the heartfelt story of Tom Watson’s and caddie Bruce Edwards. Conversely, it delves into the making of a caddie’s career with stories like Greg Puga — a young Bel Air Caddie from East Los Angeles who fought his way to Augusta to play in the Masters as a Mid-Amateur Champ. Whether familiar or new, these are stories that will make you re-think the way you look at Golf, and especially the job of the Caddie.