DocHeads has launched a new “event” cinema initiative across London, drawing attention to short-form non-fiction film from talented up-and-comers as well as established filmmakers.
March and April will see the exhibition of groundbreaking documentary cinema in association with Film London, Film Hub London and BFI Film Audience Network. On March 16 at Bertha DocHouse, Curzon Bloomsbury, the exciting programme will launch and feature Oscar-nominated and Bafta-winning short films, handpicked for their innovative, boundary-pushing and cinematic qualities.
Enhancing the attraction of short-form documentary cinema will be immersive discussions with the filmmakers accompanying the screenings. Other high profile speakers and those directly affected by the events and topics detailed in the films will be on hand to answer questions, discuss themes in more detail, and shed further light on what, in some cases, are life-changing stories.
The first selection of films to be featured by DocHeads provides a perfect example of
the diversity of content; touching and heartbreaking one minute, hard-hitting and antagonistic the next.
Indeed, the initial programme focuses on the excluded or marginalised, featuring stories from around the world including teenagers being tempted by the far right in the West Yorkshire city of Bradford, the experience of children suffering from blindness, and the high-octane world of journalists on the look-out for car crashes in South-East Asia.
There are a few lighthearted films too. Jamie Roberts’ Dinner Time, about the life and times of a hot dog seller on the streets of London, is one of them.
“In recent years short-form has become an exciting space for documentary; allowing filmmakers to experiment with new, bold ideas,” said DocHeads co-founder Katharine Round. “We believe our new DocHeads programme offers something special for audiences – the best new films from the most pioneering voices working in documentary today, with a chance to hear direct from the filmmakers and those working on the front lines of some of the issues raised.”
DOCHEADS will be screening at the following sites in March/April 2017:
March 16 – Bertha DocHouse
March 23 – Lexi Cinema, Kensal Rise
March 28 – Genesis Cinema, Whitechapel
March 29 – Horse Hospital, Bloomsbury
April 4 – Shortwave Cinema, Bermondsey
April 5– Leytonstone Pop-Up cinema
April 20 – Arthouse Crouch End