What's on at Regal Picturehouse - Picturehouse Docs
Directors: Josh Appignanesi, Devorah Baum. UK 2016. 80mins.
A married couple turn the camera on themselves as they undergo the sometimes hilarious ordeal of becoming parents in our era of IVF, late reproduction and the crisis of masculinity. But when life-threatening complications hit, they’re tested to the brink. What emerges is an intimate, moving portrait of a generation going through a revolution that no one is talking about. En route we encounter the likes of Zadie Smith, John Berger, Antony Gormley, Slavoj Žižek, Hisham Matar, Darian Leader and David Schneider. It’s a film for anyone who has children, is thinking of having them, or still feels like a child themselves.
Jim Jarmusch rates Iggy And The Stooges as the best rock ’n’ roll band ever, and this definitive documentary is the work of a true fan. Bursting out of Michigan in the late ’60s counterculture, their powerful blend of rock, blues, R&B and free jazz enjoys an enduring influence, and is brilliantly captured through a rich mix of archive footage, interviews, photos and animation.
Jarmusch pays close attention to The Stooges’ origins in Ann Arbor, where James Osterberg (aka Iggy Pop) teamed up with the Asheton brothers, guitarist Ron and drummer Scott. They swiftly gained a reputation for their intense and confrontational concerts (with Iggy performing half naked and stage diving) and great songs such as I Wanna Be Your Dog, No Fun, Search And Destroy and Raw Power. In new interviews, Iggy is both candid and funny in reflecting on their destructive tendencies and unlikely survival, his perspective complemented by older commentary from Ron and Scott Asheton and a range of other contributors.
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.