Category Archives: Documentary

History of life on the river, The Many Romances with Rosemarie special DVD

The Many Romances with Rosemarie is a charming documentary about the Cornish-built motor yacht Rosemarie, who provided a comfortable home as a houseboat on the Penryn River for 40 years, and there is a special edition DVD now available.

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Russell Brand leads line up in new British documentary: A Royal Hangover

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Devon filmmaker Arthur Cauty has made a film that attempts to find out why the UK has such a thirst for booze.

The critically acclaimed 27-year-old filmmaker is an ‘accomplished non-drinker’, and in his film A Royal Hangover he seeks the thoughts of a stellar cast including renowned comedian, actor, author, political firebrand and recovering addict, Russell Brand, to understand the UK’s growing thirst for alcohol.

This is Arthur’s first feature and was shot in Newton Abbot, Torquay, Totnes and Plymouth, in addition to London, LA and Paris.

The independent feature film documentary A Royal Hangover promises to be a ‘shocking, yet hilarious journey into the ambivalent alcohol culture of the UK, questioning why Britain has such a thirst for the booze’.

The trailer is set to come out in February (we hope to carry it here!), but we have a taster interview with Russell Brand. Check it out

The documentary will do the international film festival circuit during summer 2014.

According to the A Royal Hangover team: “With Brits now officially drinking more alcohol than tea, A Royal Hangover attempts to get to the bottom of our love for the booze, and what sets us apart from our neighbouring brothers and sisters around Europe, and our cousins across the pond.

“Featuring anecdotes from casual social drinkers, harrowing tales of former addicts, and interviews with charities, healthcare professionals, governing bodies, law enforcement, celebrities and controversial figures such as sacked Government Drugs Advisor Professor Nutt, A Royal Hangover underscores that alcohol is the most harmful drug in the UK.

“Forget the bad weather. Forget the crooked teeth. Forget the quiet, reserved, tea-drinking aristocrat. We are fast painting a new image of Britain: a nation with a drinking problem. Brand leads the orchestra of this established line up, in the hope that one day Britain will wake up without a hangover.”

Strong stuff, and we’re looking forward to it. Follow A Royal Hangover on Facebook.

Is resistance futile? Documentary series at Plymouth University highlights challenges around the globe

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People throughout the world deal with great challenges, and despite the 24-hour news merry-go round the deeper stories are quite often missed.

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Blue from green documentary – Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo, screening and Q&A

2 Indigo dyers at Nike Centre for Art & Culture, Oshogbo, Nigeria. Photo copyright Mary Lance
2 Indigo dyers at Nike Centre for Art & Culture, Oshogbo, Nigeria. Photo copyright Mary Lance

The great blue yonder, as well as its nether, is charted, explored in the documentary Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo, which is at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen as part of its ‘blue’ season.

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Typographical documentary Helvetica at Plymouth College of Art

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Helvetica: the typeface on display in London

Shot on a shoe-string, and creating a bit of stir on its release, the feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture – Helvetica – is getting an airing at Plymouth College of Art.

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Waltz with Bashir at The Poly, Falmouth, during Shifting Sands exhibition

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Waltz with Bashir: Ari Folman's animated documentary into the horrors of the 1982 Lebanon war will be screened at The Poly during the Shifting Sands exhibition

Waltz with Bashir is Ari Folman’s animated documentary into the horrors of the 1982 Lebanon war. It is being screened at The Poly, Falmouth, as part of Shifting Sands – An exhibition from Guy Martin, which covers Guy’s photography of the Arab Spring.

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Afghanistan war documentary, Restrepo, to screen in Falmouth

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Restrepo: the documentary about the Afghanistan war will be screened in Falmouth during the Shifting Sands exhibition

Restrepo is a 2010 documentary about the Afghanistan war, directed by American journalist Sebastian Junger and British/American photojournalist Tim Hetherington, and will be screened at The Poly, Falmouth as part of the Shifting Sands exhibition.

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