Talking Films

Welcome to Sydenham Arts Film’s new venture- Talking Films! Every month, we’ll be creating a playlist of content to watch at home, including films, documentaries and series across a number of readily available streaming platforms (free and subscription). Watch at your leisure, and each month, we’ll meet up to discuss and debate the content we’ve watched.

Our Meetups are online for now, with the hope that some day soon, we’ll be able to meet up in person!

Check out our April Meetup Playlist below!

NEXT MEET UP DATE:  THU 22 APRIL, 7PM

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It’s all about the Doc this April! With so many incredible documentaries out there, we thought we’d dedicate this month to getting through a tonne of them. Checkout our shortlist of Docu-series, TV and Film documentaries below…

Here’s the full list of what to watch…

DOCU-SERIES

Our Docu-series list is both star-studded and full of stories that are being told for the first time. Extreme stories like the Cult activity in Wild Wild Country, and community-led crime investigations in Don’t F**k With Cats and American Vandal feature strongly, plus deep insights into the private lives of people from all walks of life, including Kathy Burke’s inspiring docu-series All Woman.

And we couldn’t have a list of docu-series that didn’t include the ever inquisitive (and sometimes intrusive!) Louis Theroux. His Life on The Edge series looks back on 25 years of documentary making, revisiting some of those he interviewed, and reflecting on where they are now, and what they taught him.

Here’s the full list:

Allen V. Farrow- SKY DOCUMENTARIES/NOW TV

KATHY BURKE’S ALL WOMAN- ALL4

WILD WILD COUNTRY- NETFLIX

DON’T F**K WITH CATS- NETFLIX

LOUIS THEROUX: LIFE ON THE EDGE- BBC iPLAYER

AMERICAN VANDAL- NETFLIX

MONTY PYTHON’S ALMOST THE TRUTH- NETFLIX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOCUMENTARIES (TV)

POLY STYRENE: I AM A CLICHE- SKY ARTS

Documenting the rise of the first woman of colour in the UK to front a successful rock band, I am a Cliche relives how her unique voice and musical style was received, the good and the bad, and the lasting impact it had on her legacy, and her daughter (and co-director of the documentary) Celeste Bell.

After its exclusive release on digital platforms earlier this year, you can now watch this incredible TV documentary on Sky Arts.

 

ROMAN KEMP: OUR SILENT EMERGENCY- BBC iPLAYER

Following the sudden death of his close friend in August 2020, radio host Roman Kemp explores mental health and the suicide crisis facing young men. This deeply personal documentary sees Roman open up about his own battles with mental health, as well as talking to communities of young men about their silent battles, and the need to encourage men to speak about their mental health.

 

 

JIM & ANDY: THE GREAT BEYOND- NETFLIX

A rare insight into the world behind the cameras and a fascinating look into the mind of Jim Carrey. The Great Beyond uses footage filmed in the making of Man on The Moon, where Jim Carrey method-acted his way into the role of Andy Kaufman, and modern day interviews with Jim.

This exposing documentary explores the inner workings of a clown at work, and the alienation, surrealism, frustration, euphoria and all else it can bring about.

 

FILMS

This was a tough list to whittle down, with so many incredible documentary films out there to choose from. So we’ve opted for a mix which includes a look at the human relationship to nature, our impact, and its impact on us.

There’s also the multi-award winning The Painter & The Thief, which follows the extraordinary relationship of an artist and the man who stole her paintings, and documentary films revolving around iconic figures, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston and Michael Jordan.

See our full selection of documentary films below:

 

THE PAINTER & THE THIEF- SKY ARTS / NOW TV

MY OCTOPUS TEACHER- NETFLIX

DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: A LIFE ON OUR PLANET- NETFLIX

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS- BBC iPLAYER

TINA- SKY DOCUMENTARIES / NOW TV

WHITNEY: CAN I BE ME?- BBC iPLAYER

ONE MAN AND HIS SHOES- BBC iPLAYER