What's on at Phoenix Picturehouse - Picturehouse Docs
Best known for Our Daily Bread, an unsettling treatise on humankind’s Faustian pact with the food we eat, Austrian documentarian Nikolaus Geyrhalter has now directed a film that is equally disturbing. Despite its title, humans feature here only indirectly, and then solely in terms of the evidence they leave behind. Geyrhalter’s camera lingers on a series of largely abandoned industrial constructions: railway stations, swimming pools, a decaying church, an operating theatre, shopping malls and, most spectacular of all, a rollercoaster rising from the sea – presumably a casualty of climate change. However, there are no easy explanations on offer, and we are obliged to draw our own conclusions, our reactions enhanced by an eerie soundtrack composed entirely of nature’s responses to these forsaken edifices. A stunning, sobering work.
Presented by Misc Films, a UK-based programming collective dedicated to showcasing unreleased and under-screened films.
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.